SYAMA offers opportunities to groom and train capable performers to deliver concerts of professional caliber, through its masterclasses. SYAMA also provides platform to professional performers through its annual music events and festival. SYAMA team comprises of trained professionals. They have vast experience in traditional Indian music.
Guru Ramkumar Vasudevan – Artistic Director
A founding member of SYAMA, he commenced veena training at age seventeen, under the tutelage of Smt Kamala Viswanathan. He later learnt from Smt. Jayalakshmi Subramaniam, and currently learning from Vidwan R Parthasarathy (Veena Paccha). He holds a 8-year diploma in Music (Veena) from SIFAS. He has performed at various venues in Singapore and India such as Esplanade – theatres on the bay, Singapore Arts Museum, Esplanade’s Kalautsavam and the Chennai music festival. He was been the winner of the National Indian music competition by NAC Singapore in 2000 and 2002. Ramkumar has conceptualized and presented various shows such as : A Carnatic Musical, Sant Mela, Devadasi and the Saint, Taj Mahal, BUS (Bhakti utsav of Sangeet) etc. He oversees the major performances of SYAMA.
Guru Meenakshi Somasundaram– Veena Vidwan
Guru Meenakshi holds the Sangeetha Vidwan Title with a 1st Class in Veena as main and Vocal as subsidiary and a certificate from the Govt of Tamil Nadu.(1966—1968). She also holds a diploma in Music Teacher’s training. She won the President’s Award in 1969 for Veena, conducted by All India Radio Chennai. Smt Meenakshi has served as a tutor at SIFAS for over 6 years. SYAMA management welcomes her, and hopes she will make more contributions to the Indian classical music scene in Singapore.
Guru Karthik Balasubramaniam– Carnatic Vocalist and Harmonium/Keyboard player
Karthik Balasubramaniam is a product of the renowned Kalakshetra. He has a Post-diploma and has also worked at Kalakshetra and at Art Links India as music tutor. He has performed full-length music concerts widely in India and abroad. He has also performed Namasankeertanam events in Singapore, Kuwait and other places. Karthik has provided vocal support for many senior vocalists in India. At ArtLinks Chennai, he has groomed more than 3000 children in over 100 schools in Carnatic music lessons. Karthik teaches children using innovative ideas such as Quiz, worksheets and cartoons.
Guru Harish Kannan – Mridangist and Vocalist
Guru Harish is a disciple of Thanjai Natarajan, Sri Kumbakonam Saravanan and Sri E.M. Subramaniam. He is currently on advanced mridangam technique tutelage under Kalaimamani Sri Srimushnam Raja Rao. Has accompanied Kalaimamani Sri O.S.Thyagarajan, Shrimati Girija Ramaswamy and Krithika Bharadhwaj in their Harikatha performances. Harish holds a mridanga vidwan diploma from the Tamilnadu music collecge, and has accompanied numerous performers leading Bhajan Artistes like Sri O.S. Sundar and Sri Erode Rajamani.