How SYAMA was born:
SYAMA (Society of the Youth for Artistic Music Appreciation) was started in August 2000, as an informal group of young and upcoming artistes in Singapore. Soon it won the appreciation of many, due to its participation in many events such as The Singapore Arts festival, Esplanade’s Music box and Kalautsavam.
SYAMA was then registered in 2004 as a non-profit organisation under ROS, and has grown substantially. SYAMA elects its society committee members – The President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-president, Asst-Secretary and Asst-Treasurer, once in 2 years. Our objective is to grow Singapore into a vibrant city of arts, by involving youth actively into arts.
We are currently structured into 3 initiatives:
SYAMA Performing Arts: SYAMA started with regular monthly concerts by young budding musicians in 2004. Slowly we grew to produce major music and dance productions. Here are some of our events
Jan 2004 to – Jan 2005 Monthly Youth concert Series
2006 – ‘Different Strokes’ – collaboration with Govin Tan
2007 – ‘Aarohanam’ – a music orchestration – collaborated with performers from NTU
2007 – ‘Prahlad’ – a musical – collaborated with Musicians in Singapore such as Dr. Bhagya Murthy
2008 – Aarohanam – Folk to Fusion – collaborated with Sruthilaya Sethuraman
2008 – ‘BLISS’- a dance performance – Collaborated with Dancer Sitaravamma and Mr Sitarama Sharma (India)
2009 – ‘Daasaru’ – A dance theatre – Collaborated with Singapore Kannada Sangha and The Global Indian Cultural Centre
2009 – Santh mela – a Music theatre – Collaborated with Jyothi Unni, Theeban Ganesh and others
2010 – ‘Devadasi and the Saint’ – a dance ballet – Collaboration with Ms Priyalatha Arun and Ms Durga Manimaran
2011 – ‘Tamizh Isai Vizha’ – collaboration with Tamil month celebrations
2012 – A Carnatic Musical – A ‘High school musical’ concept in Carnatic music.
2013 – ‘Living Legends’ – Collaborated with Singapore musicians – Mr TR Vijayakumar and Mr T Saravanan
2013 – ‘Tajmahal’ – Collaborated with Suman Bhattacharya
2014, 2015 and 2016 To commemorate its 10th anniversary, SYAMA started Dhwani – a music festival to showcase collaborative efforts. The first event was held at The substation theatre on the 15th and 16th of March 2014, at the Civil services club auditorium in 2015 and at the Goodman arts centre Balckbox in 2016. Dhwani includes concerts of various genres such as Hindustani, Carnatic, Jugalbandhi and Fusion.
2014 – Nothing But Strings – A concept of harmonisation in Carnatic music
2015 – Bhakti – Utsav of Sangeet : A collaboration of 6 vocal artistes from Singapore
SYAMA Academy: SYAMA also provides regular masterclasses and Arts Education Programmes in Music at schools, thorough our Academy. SYAMA Academy has 6 qualified teachers imparting training in Carnatic and Hindustani Vocal, Mridangam, Keyboard, Flute, Violin, Veena and Harmonium. SYAMA’s ensemble teams won prizes at the National Indian music competition in the year 2000, ‘02 and ’04. SYAMA’s students won prizes in mridangam, veena and vocal categories in various other competitions as well.
Our vision is to see the next generation of Singaporeans carrying the tradition and culture of Indian classical music. We see this as a continuous journey and not really as a goal…