Jhankriti 2022

India’s first ever VIRTUAL classical arts competition

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About Jhankriti

World Forum for Art and Culture's quest for finding and promoting talent will find a beautiful expression in an exquisite art festival called – झंKriti (A word born from the union of the words - Jhankaar & Sanskriti). While it is designed like a competition, it truly is a festival- a festival to celebrate the diversity of Indian classical art forms!

The Festival of Jhankriti celebrates three fields of Art - Gayan (classical/semi-classical vocal), Vadan (instrumental/percussion), and Nritya (classical dance forms). We have structured this in three broad age groups: below 8 years, 8 to 16 years, and 17 to 25 years.




Jhankriti is a unique platform for young artists and students of classical music and dance forms to showcase their talent. Our aim is to encourage and appreciate fresh talent and upcoming artists and to provide opportunities for professional growth and interactions with Maestros of Indian Arts.

How is it different?

Jhankriti is a competition to promote and popularize Indian Classical performing arts, especially encouraging young generations to explore their creative self. Awards include cash prizes, opportunities to intern under Great Maestros, perform at WFAC events and also be a part of Music and Dance recordings.

Vision and Timelines

Events and Timelines

13th May - 2022 Registrations open
30th June - 2022 Last date of submission for the 1st round
31st July - 2022 Shortlisted participants for semi-finals will be informed
31st August - 2022 Last date of submission for semi-finalists
30th September - 2022 Shortlisted participants for Finals will be informed
2nd and 3rd November & 4th November - 2022 Finale will take place live virtually
The awards ceremony will be held at the International Headquarters of the Art of Living in Bengaluru, India

Jhankriti Viewership

Jhankriti will be presented to the global Art of Living community of 45 million people in 156 countries. A community that came together to participate and witness, one of its kind global event-World Culture Festival, 2016 with 2.8 Million+ artists joining to create 12 Guinness World Records. In addition to this, the powerful social media presence of our jury has increased the viewership of the event, attracting millions of art lovers across the globe.

Jury– Jhankriti 2022

Jhankriti is an all India competition aimed at preserving and promoting Indian classical art forms. This celebration has an esteemed panel of judges to not only critique but also encourage and support younger generations, inspiring them to continue their creative journey. We have different jury members for each category in Dance (Nritya), Instrumental music (Vaadan), and Vocal music (Gayan). Our distinguished dignitary and jury panel who will grace the occasion with their presence are:


Bharatnatyam exponent, Research Scholar, Choreographer, Music Composer, Singer, Teacher, Author, and Indologist. Director- Nrityodaya. Aims to Bring together the Marga (traditional) technique of the Natya Shastra and the Regional form of Bharatnatyam.

Kathak dancer, choreographer, and educator of Indian classical dance. Holder of the First Doctorate in Kathak classical dance, Director of advanced research in Kathak center At Sri Sri University, Cuttack

Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, an exceptional Nattuvanar, and a unique choreographer

Indian classical dancer and teacher of Odissi dancing style, of 'Srjan' (Odissi Nrityabasa)

Indian Kuchipudi dancer and actress. Founder, Nishrinkala Dance Academy

India's foremost Performing-Academician, ingenious choreographer, erudite author, scholar, and researcher, Dancer, Research Scholar, Choreographer, Music Composer, Singer, Teacher, Author, and Indologist, Director- Nrityodaya.

Tribhuwan Maharaj is a young dancer, music composer, and dance choreographer. He represents the ninth generation in the lineage of the legendary Kalka-Bindadin Gharana of Lucknow

Indian actress and Kathak dancer was appointed as the Kathak ambassador by the Government of India 2015

Harikatha exponent, Sharat is also a trained Kathak dancer and a Carnatic vocalist

Award-winning dancer, Assistant professor, Sri Sri University

Garba dancers, Founders- Soni’s School of Garba Dance


Sudha Ragunathan ji is a prominent vocalist in the carnatic musical tradition, her voice enthralls listeners from around the world. Among the first in her generation to receive many prestigious awards including the Padmabhushan and the Sangita Kalanidhi, her mastery over vocal techniques and complicated styles makes her one of the most sought after artists.

Jayateerth Mevundi (born 1972) is a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Kirana Gharana, a young maestro awardee

Faculty for Thumri Vocal Music with Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, visiting faculty with Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, an external examinee for Delhi University

An Indian classical vocalist, known for her expertise in the Carnatic and Hindustani schools of classical music

Foremost young performing musicians of Carnatic music in India today. He is an 'A' grade All India Radio artist. The magazine India Today featured him among 35 Game Changers Under (the age of) 35 in India

Swar Rattan Sharma is a young Hindustani classical vocalist from the lineage of Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music

Two of the most popular Carnatic musicians from the younger generation. Smt S. Aishwarya was fortunate to be initiated into music by her great grandmother Bharat Ratna M.S Subbulakshmi ji and Grand mother of Radha Vishwanath. S. Soundarya The sisters draw inspiration from their legacy but also maintain their own musical individuality.


An internationally acclaimed flutist of India, a rare combination of an innovator and a traditionalist. He is a versatile artist whose horizons also extend beyond North Indian Classical music to Indian folk and popular music and to western music as well

Chitraveena Ravikiran Indian slide instrumentalist, vocalist, composer,and orator, who created the concept of Mel harmony. The Millenium Festival Awardee, Nada Sudharnava awardee, Sangeeta Kala Sarathy awardee

Ronu Majumdar is an Indian flutist in the Hindustani classical music tradition rooted in the Maihar Gharana. He won the first prize at the All India Radio competition and the president’s Gold medal in 1981. He has more than 30 audio releases to his credit. He won the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award in 1999 for his dedication to music. Sahara India Pariwar felicitated him with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of Jyoti Diwas 2001. In 2014 he won the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award.

Indian String instrumentalist who has created patented guitars Chaturangui, Gandharva, and Anandi, which not only excel in sound variety and quality.

Troilee & Moisilee are the two young Sarod players of Senia-Maihar Gharana

Nagaraju Talluri is a preeminent Flautist, who is very unique in his capabilities of playing flute starting at the age of 10.

Carnatic musican and exponent of Mridangam, has performed with emminent Carnatic Musicians. He is a prominent Guru and performing artist. He has directed and performed exclusive percussion ensembles and solos that bring together a variety of percussion instruments.

Sarvesh Karthick is a skillful artist, exhibiting his skills on varied percussion instruments and musical gadgets. His creative ideas, intensive traditional training on the Mridangam make a sharp mind.

Jhankriti Ke Sarathi

Pandit Vijayshankar Misra

Kumud Diwan

Sh. Ajay P Jha

Abhay Sopori

Jhankriti 2019

The success of the Jhankriti Live event which happened in the Nation’s Capital at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Culture for the Delhi NCR region in 2019 with more than 500 participants has led to the birth of Jhankriti 2022- an Online event that will become an exclusive one of its kind virtual event all over India. This event provided a platform for all young students of classical music and dance, from all over Delhi NCR to showcase their talents and interact with the Great Maestros of Indian Arts. Jhankriti Live gained support from the artists and reputed institutes like Kathak Kendra Delhi, Faculty of music-Delhi university, Sangeet Natak Academy, Triveni Kala Sangam, Shri Ram Centre for Arts and Culture, Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya, Ganesh Natayala, AICTE, Sa Ma Pa and many more.

About World Forum for Art and Culture

World Forum for Art and Culture has been founded by those who want to see a world united through art. Inspired by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision of a stress-free, violence-free society & to spread a smile on every face, World Forum for Art and Culture was founded in September 2020. Instituted under the umbrella of the global NGO, The Art of Living, WFAC aims to bring people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities together with art performed on massive scales. A mega example includes the 2016 World Culture Festival where thousands of artists from all over the world brought millions together to celebrate and dream for a more peaceful co-existence. The Art of Living’s efforts to bring artists together through the World Culture Forum is one of its many initiatives to uplift human life and make life a celebration. Keeping the same motto in mind we launched Artist Circle an initiative by the artists, of the artists, and for the artists. A global platform to perform, preserve, and promote global Art and Cultural forms!

Other initiatives are Kala Arpan- a celebration of the classical and folk art forms.