Brillante Piano Festival Returns in Nagaland

Brillante Piano Festival

Nagaland’s renowned Brillante Piano Festival is back for its much-awaited fourth edition, taking place at the esteemed Capital Cultural Hall in Kohima from August 29 to October 1. This year’s festival promises to be grander than ever, featuring captivating performances by both national and international artists, while emphasizing inclusivity. A notable highlight of the event is the introduction of the Specially Abled Musician (SAM) program, dedicated to showcasing the exceptional talents of musicians with disabilities, including the extraordinary blind musical prodigy, Ritam Changkakoti from Guwahati, Assam.

A Commitment to Inclusivity:

During a recent media briefing at the Heritage in Kohima, Brillante Piano Festival founder director, Khyochano TCK, expressed the festival’s unwavering commitment to accessibility. To ensure that everyone can fully participate, the organizers have incorporated accessibility features such as lifts, ramps, and guides for individuals with disabilities. The festival aims to celebrate the diversity of musicians and foster engagement within the music community.

An Extravaganza of Performances:

Brillante will host an array of concerts featuring highly acclaimed pianists from around the globe, including Mexico, Spain, Italy, Chennai, Goa, Gurgaon, and Nagaland. Moreover, the festival has set the stage for thrilling competitions in the Western classical (Under 16 years and above 17 years) and Jazz (open category) genres, adhering strictly to international guidelines. Participants will be assessed in the preliminary rounds by Nagaland’s piano teachers, and the top seven contenders from each category will proceed to the final round, where they will be evaluated by esteemed visiting guest artists.

A Melodic Learning Experience:

Beyond the enchanting evening concerts, the festival offers a unique opportunity for music learners with 12 planned sessions to enhance their skills and knowledge. To add to the festivity, a delightful one-day event on September 28 will bring music to the streets of Kohima, igniting a joyous celebration of melodies.

Promoting Music Therapy and Support:

Music therapy workshops will be a prominent feature of the festival, emphasizing the positive impact of music on well-being. To encourage widespread participation, the organizers have announced special packages for student concertgoers and institutions. The festival is estimated to cost Rs 26 lakh, with event partners generously sponsoring guest artists, three digital pianos as prizes, and other essential resources. The organizers are efficiently managing costs while ensuring an enriching experience for all attendees.

The Power of Music Uniting Communities:

Deputy Commissioner Shanavas C highlights the district administration’s support under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative, recognizing the festival as a positive platform for Nagaland’s musicians to showcase their talents and foster unity amidst any regional tensions. The Brillante Piano Festival offers a rare opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the magic of music, bridging differences and spreading happiness and positivity.


The Brillante Piano Festival is an extraordinary, vibrant, and one-of-a-kind event, celebrating the beauty of fine piano music, creativity, and innovation in music. With its unique blend of Performance, Competition, and Pedagogy, the festival creates a mesmerizing atmosphere that resonates with musicians and music lovers alike, showcasing Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage to the world.

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