Young Musician & Dancer of the Year Awards

Yuva Sangeet Ratna & Yuva Nritya Ratna Awards 2016

Two annual arts awards for talented young artistes engaged in the performance of Classical Indian music and dance in Britain.

Developed to recognise and inspire exceptional young talent in the UK, winners earn the title; Yuva Nritya Ratna, and Yuva Sangeet Ratna, respectively for dance and music, a prize of £2,000 to be spent on further training and career development, a trophy, citation and performance opportunities at mainstream UK venues.  A runner up will receive a citation of distinction and a prize of £500. 

Open to artists between the ages of 18 and 30,  the award will raise the profile of the winners, precipitate further training and performance opportunities, and offer individual mentoring and marketing support.

Winners will be selected through an open and exciting competition process. Judged by a distinguished international jury of leading dance and music practitioners, academics and creative professionals, the panel will remotely short-list applicants down to six musicians and six dancers, before judging live performances at Milapfest’s prestigious Indika festival in Liverpool. The panel will select a winner and runner-up from the shortlisted candidates, and announce it at the end of the evening.

Application Process

  1. Complete the relevant Application Form, Guidelines and Referee Form from the pink links below
    Yuva Ratna Award Application Guidelines

    Yuva Nritya Ratna:

    Yuva Nritya Ratna Award Application Form
    Yuva Nritya Ratna Award Referee Form

    Yuva Sangeet Ratna:

    Yuva Sangeet Ratna Award Application Form
    Yuva Sangeet Ratna Award Referee Form

  2. Submit application along with a clip of performance and two references.
    To submit a clip of performance, please send us a link to a You Tube/Vimeo or SoundCloud upload.   Applications should be emailed or posted to the following address:

Liverpool Hope University
17 Shaw Street
Liverpool  L6 1HP


Application and Competition Dates:

Application Deadline: Deadline 25th May 2016
Short List Announced: 1st June 2016
Competition performances:
Nritya Ratna (Dance): Thursday 14th July 2016 – LONDON
Sangeet Ratna (Music): Tuesday 26th July 2016 – LIVERPOOL

Further information Contact Pravinder Singh at or 0151 291 3949 (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm)