Exclusive interview of the winners of The Young Musicianian Contest – INWE Entertainment

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The Young Musicianian Contest (TYMC) is a music contest for adult teens and younger kids launched and organized by INWE Entertainment. With the objective to encourage little instrumentalists, the company successfully completed Season 1 with contestants from India and Singapore. The judgment and felicitation were concluded by Hon. Santoor Maestro, Pandit Surendra Sharma, who thrilled the music industry with his music skills for more than 60 years.

Santoor Maestro Pandit Surendra Sharma - INWE's Guru
Santoor Maestro Pandit Surendra Sharma – INWE’s Guru


In his music journey, Pandit Surendra Sharma has played instruments like Jal Tarang and Santoor with all leading Ghazal singers. Few geniuses to remember are Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Manhar Udhas, Anup Jalota, Bhupinder Singh, Madhurani, Talat Aziz, Chitra Singh, Mitali Singh, and more… Panditji’s music contribution also include major production houses like Yash Raj productions and Raj Shri productions. Some major films in which he enthralled the audience with his exceptional santoor skills include Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyaar Kiya, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, Vivah, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, Dil to Pagal Hai, and more…

INWE’s Guruji Santoor Maestro Pandit Surendra Sharma
Meet the winners Kaivalya Joshi (1st prize) and Shreya Ramanan (2nd prize) ˈ2021 in this exclusive coverage.

INWE Winner - Kaivalya Pavan Joshi

About Kaivalya Joshi:

This little champ grabbed the attention of the audience and the jury with his exceptional drumming style. At a young age, he has amazing presentation skills and the right attitude to keep the audience magnetized by his performance. Kaivalya Joshi won the first prize in the TYMC contest, 2021 by INWE.

His major achievements include:
  • TRINITY Grade-5 exam in Drums with distinction
  • 2 exams of Tabla from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya
  • Currently learning Djembe under the guidance of Guru Ustad Taufiq ji Qureshi
  • Kaivalya is pursuing guitar lessons as well

Kaivalya’s father, Mr. Pavan Joshi is an entrepreneur and his mother is a doctor by profession.

Kaivalya’s Background:

Kaivalya picked music as his main interest at a tender age. Kaivalya is also efficient in reading, elocution, poetry recitation, and dramatics. He was a voice-over artist for ‘Eco-Friendly Ganeshotsav’, a documentary by the Department of Police, Nashik. The other works include Vermicomposting & Gardening for Kilbil Radio, Canada.

Few words from the parents of Kaivalya Joshi on TYMC contest by INWE:

“It was indeed a great pleasure to see him bagging the first prize. The covid-19 pandemic has affected the kids in many ways. Opportunities like this will keep them motivated to continue to be creative learners. Our sincere thanks to all the members of Organizing Team. Special Regards & Namaskar to Pt. Surendra Sharmaji. His blessings matter a lot to us.”

About Shreya Ramanan:

INWE Winner - Shreya Ramanan

Shreya grabbed the second prize in the TYMC, 2021 by INWE. She is from Mumbai and resides with her parents. Shreya is professionaly pursuing music course from Sanmuk Music Education. Her other hobbies include reading, art & craft, painting, drawing, and nature exploration. She loves listening to classical music and devotional songs.

Shreya’s background:

Shreya’s mother is a Hindustani classical vocalist. Shreya was gifted a keyboard by her grandparents which drove her to music.  Although, her parents would love to see her pursuing a career in music, they have left the choice to her.

From the writer’s desk:

It gives me great pride and satisfaction to have hosted the contest for these amazingly talented artists. Kaivalya and Shreya, both have distinct qualities as artists. They are multi-talented and have calm personality. I thank all the parents who are consistently encouraging their little ones in music. Music is soulful and thus, it cannot be forcefully inculcated in anyone. Its a great pleasure to see these young artists playing musical instruments naturally and passionately. I wish Kaivalya Joshi, Shreya Ramanan, and all the contestants of TYMC a happy and successful life ahead.

The performance of various contestants can be viewed on INWE Entertainment’s social media platforms as provided in the links below:

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INWE Entertainment Instagram Link:


Love & Light

– Shruti Sharma

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