Gita chanting competition

CMSD Eighteenth Annual Gita chanting competition- Chapter 18 - Part 1

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM (Up to grade 6)
Time: 2:00 PM (Grade 7 and up)

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A Note about the Gita Chanting Competition from Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda:

Let us understand the grand vision behind the seemingly simple program. Chanting initially introduces one to the world renowned Bhagavad Gita. Naturally this leads to the study of the text, resulting in the gain of the knowledge revealed therein. Knowledge translated into action becomes a way of living one’s life successfully and joyously. The logical design of the project is CHANT – STUDY – KNOW – LIVE!!


Grade / Group Verses (to be chanted from memory unless otherwise specified)
Pre-K 1 to 7
K 1 to 7
1, 2 1 to 16
3, 4, 5 1 to 25
6, 7, 8 1 to 40
9 - 12 1 to 40
9 - 12 1 to 40 (reading only)
Adult 1 to 40
Adult 1 to 40 (reading only)


Judgement Criteria (reciting from memory):
Memory Pronunciation Presentation Overall Effect Total
30 Points 50 Points 10 Points 10 Points 100 Points
Judgement Criteria (reading only):


Pronunciation Presentation Overall Effect Total
60 Points 20 Points 20 Points 100 Points

Definition of terms in the Judgment Criteria: 

1. Memory

This is the ability to chant the specified portion as required by the panel of judges without any break, hesitation or confusion.

Fluency in chanting vs Need for prompting.

2. Pronunciation 

The ability to chant the verses in consonance with the International Chinmaya Gita Chanting Competition Learning Aid. (Audio recording by Swami Brahmanandaji is recommended for practice. CMSD Audio recording is available on our website.) 

  • Clear pronunciations
  • Proper pronunciation of guttaral, cerebral etc.
  • Proper pronunciation of alpa prāṇa and mahāprāṇa
  • Proper pronunciation of aspirate (visarga)
  • Proper pronunciation of nasal
  • Proper breaking of sandhi at the end of a quarter

3. Presentation

Posture, mannerism, sincerity of effort etc.

4. Overall Effect

Refers to Devotional Bhāva (Bhāva loosely translated in English is right attitude and feeling) and the overall effect on the listener.

  • Posture
  • Style
  • Confidence level
  • Music

5. Chanting Style:

Chanting v/s reciting like prose; Tune is not a criterion for judging.

The Decision of the Judges is final.