Lori/Poetry Contest 2021 by Ministry of Culture, Govt of India: Register by Jan 31: Expired

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Registrations are invited for Lori/Poetry Contest 2021 by the Ministry of Culture for the year 2021. The last date of district-level registration is 31 January.


Indian diverse culture and our rich traditions make for one of the most ancient albeit advanced way of human civilisation. From chanting Mantras on important occasion to folk songs that are hummed by us – India is truly a land that never ceases to amaze and surprise.

Just like every Indian region has its own set of unique traditions, cuisines, and musical instruments – every Indian region also has its own set of lori (lullabies).

Lori (Lullabies) form the earliest memories of our childhood – the most primary forms of storytelling, primarily from a mother to her child but also by grandparents and the entire extended family. Here, sanskars are inculcated in young children through loris (lullabies) and they are introduced to the culture. Loris (Lullabies) also have their own diversity.

More often than not, our loris (lullabies) are written around our local surroundings, nature, local heroes and matters of local historical importance. From Assam’s NisûkāniGēēt, to Tamil Nadu’s Thalattupaatu, and from Gujarat’s Loris (Lullabies) to the Kannada LaaliHaadu– each region has its own way of not just making babies fall asleep but simultaneously educating them about the family values, local culture and practices.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for children is often showcased through many of his personal interactions and unique outreach like Pariksha pe Charcha and the Exams Warriors book.

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In a world that is swiftly becoming digital, this wonderful practice and our traditional loris (lullabies) also afford an opportunity to be told afresh – the same age-old stories but told in new formats or new stories told in tune with modern impulses. In order to revive this beautiful tradition and with it, preserve the local compositions for the generations to come, we are organising a Lori (Lullaby) competition for parents, guardians, and children across India.


The competition will be held in three stages to incentivize local stories to be told and be declared winners and also have the chance to compete at state and national level.

  • District Level: Best entries from a particular district will be selected and will be declared as District Level winners to be selected by a specially constituted jury. Each winner at the district level will advance to the state level competition.
  • State Level: All district winners in a state will compete for the state level prizes. Each state will select the state level winners by a specially constituted jury.
  • National Level: The state level winners will compete in the final national level competition and among these participants will be selected the national winners by a specially constituted jury.


Interested candidates can participate via this page.

Important dates

1District LevelWebsite – Virtual Mode31/10/2021 to 31/01/2022
2State LevelTBD10/02/2022 to 28/02/2022
3National LevelTBD08/03/2022


The Lori contest will feature unique loris (lullabies) from every region across our vibrant country and the lori (lullaby’s) that stand out shall be rewarded publicly and will be provided a national audience.

Selection Criteria

Every Indian is invited to send in their entries here.

Loris (Lullabies) pertaining to patriotism, poems, songs, something or the other which can be easily recited by mothers in every home to their little children shall be eligible for the contest. In these loris (lullabies) there should be reference to modern India, the vision of 21st century India and its dreams.

Participants are encouraged to submit loris (lullabies) in their mother tongue but if the participant is conversant in more than one language then they can choose their language of choice.

Click here to view the official notification of Lori/Poetry Contest 2021 by Ministry of Culture, Govt of India.

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