Meet the Judges
Maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori is an Indian Santoor player, music composer and conductor. He is the youngest classical musician to compose & conduct orchestras and the youngest recipient of almost all the awards that he has received. He was the first Indian Classical musician to be invited at the prestigious International conference TEDx.
Sumit Kaul is an Indian film, theatre and voice actor. He has worked in films like Haider, Laila Majnu, Mulk, Hamid and has starred in many TV shows. His dubbing projects include Inception, Resident Evil, The Smurfs, The Amazing Spider-man 2, The Crown, Stranger Things and many more.
He is a talented singer, music composer and performer. He holds a Masters degree in Music and is an MOC Scholar.
Meanka Handu is a popular and well respected Kashmiri comedian and performer, famous for playing the character ‘Dida’ on her YouTube channel, Asvun Koshur.
Vijay Koul is an award-winning artist and holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Srinagar. He is currently a member of ‘Department of Art’ Sahara India Pariwar. He is a recipient of Portrait Painting award from J&K govt and State Award at Kalidas Samaroh.
Jai Kishen Mirza
Jai Kishen Mirza is an accomplished painter who has won several awards. He is a part of ART WANDERERS group, which showcases unique paintings.
B L Kaul "Deep"
He is a seasoned theatre writer, actor, director and producer of plays in Kashmiri, Hindi and Urdu. Sh. Deep has three music albums - Kanger, Om and Souz-e-Dil and a book of songs to his credit. He founded Indian National Theatre (INT), Srinagar in 1969 and ran Dada Phalke Dramatic and Cultural Club, Jammu in 1973.
A K Razdan
He is a scholar who has studied works of Lalleshvari, Mata Roop Bhavani, Master Zinda Kaul and Parmanand Ji very extensively. Mr. Razdan has always had great interest in poetry and has studied Kashmir Bhakti poetry, mystical works of Lalla, Krishanjoo Razdan, Shamas Faqir, Nyamasaeb, Wahab Khar and Ahmad Batwari.
Ashwath Bhatt, an alumnus of National School of Drama, Delhi and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is an actor who has appeared in several plays and films like Gangster, Haider, Raazi, Manto, Kesari and many others. He is also an Inlaks foundation scholar for Theatre/Acting.
Rita Kaul is an accomplished Indian Classical and Folk music performer. She started Vinod Sur Shringaar Music Academy in 1996 to help promising singers and performers. She is also one of the recipients of the Inspiration Awards for Women.
Ayush Raina is an Indian film director. He is well-known for movies like Mumbai Cutting and Horror story.
She is a professional model and has won titles like Mrs. Universe Aesthetics 2018 and Mrs. India Universe 2018. She has also been a recipient of Times of India Women Achievers Award 2018.
Pragnya Wakhlu is an award-winning musician & guitarist. Her critically acclaimed Kashmiri-English folk-fusion album "Kahwa Speaks" has been awarded at the VIMA awards Malaysia, the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award & Radiocity award for 'Best Folk Fusion' artist.
Rajni Khazanchi is an artist, writer and a traveler. She has been a part of the community and various art exhibitions for many years now.
Suparna Bhushan Sood
She is a trained Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak dancer and has performed before the Prime Minister, President of India and foreign dignitaries. She has acted in numerous teleplays, TV serials and short films. Suparna is the founder of Sakhi Milan Club and runs a successful dance studio.