SYAMA provides platform to professional performers through its annual music events and festival. SYAMA also conducts monthly concerts, workshops, and jamming sessions to provide a collaborative environment among musicians.
SYAMA team comprises of trained professionals. They have vast experience in traditional Indian music.
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 is the winner of the National Indian music competition organised 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.
Shruti Jaidev Anand was initiated into carnatic music by her mother MS Saraswathi. She received advanced training from MS Sheela and Vidushi Vedavalli. She is a recipient of India’s scholarship for carnatic music. Shruti has been performing classical music concerts in Singapore for SYAMA, SIFAS and other organisations. Shruti started collaborating with SYAMA on events such as Dhwani festival, and also Arts Education programmes in Maha bodhi primary school, Singapore. Since 2017, Shruti manages artistic components of SYAMA’s performance wing. She conducted the Veena Fiesta event at the Tampines hub, featuring 35 Veenas and hence becoming Singapore’s book of records entry for the largest Veena ensemble.
Darshna Mahadevan – Program manager and Tutor
Darshna has been trained in carnatic music under Binny Krishnakumar of India, from the famous Dr. Balamurali style of music. She has also completed Grade 7 (out of 8 Grades) from Bridge Academy of Fine Arts, and is an engineering graduate. Darshna joined SYAMA in Apr 2018.
Academy: SYAMA offers opportunities to groom and train capable performers to deliver concerts of professional caliber, through its masterclasses. Our team comprises of highly trained music professionals from India.
Guru Meenakshi Somasundaram– Veena Vidwan and Veena tutor
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. She joined SYAMA in 2014.
Guru Karthik Balasubramaniam– Carnatic and Namasankeertanam 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. He joined SYAMA in 2015.
Guru Gokulakrishna – Vocal, Violin and Flute
A senior disciple of (Padma Shri) S.R. Janakiraman, a renowned musicologist from India, Gokul is an accomplished musician – Carnatic Vocalist, Violinist, Flautist and an Independent Music composer. He is B- High Graded Artiste of All India Radio, Chennai and a software engineer by qualification, and currently a full time performing and teaching musician.
Gokul got trained in Violin under several eminent Gurus such as Shri V.Thyagarajan, violinist-son of Sangita Kalanidhi Papa Venkatramiah, Sangita Kalanidhi A. Kanyakumari, Smt Usha Rajagopalan (Of Lalgudi School), Shri Parur Venkatraman (Parur School) and from Shri V.V.Ravi as a recipient of CCRT scholarship from Govt. of India. Besides winning several music competitions at both regional level and National level, Gokul was awarded the RR Talent Scholarship from The Music Academy, Madras to pursue advanced training in Vocal music.
Gokul has also studied western classical and continues to explore & experiment on various playing styles and genres in both vocal and violin. He has released several classical and fusion albums under the record label INRECO (Indian Recording Company) and selective albums are available on the digital library of Esplanade, Singapore
Guru Vigneshwaran– Mridangist and Mridangam tutor, Carnatic Vocal tutor for beginners
Guru Vignesh has undergone intense training in Mridangam from Guru Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam for past 7 years. He has also learnt carnatic vocal from Sri PS Narayanaswamy mama. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Vivekananda college, Mylapore. Since childhood he has won prizes in many sabha and inter-school cultural competitions. He has earned the title“YUVASHREE KALA BARATHI” from his school. He has participated in various sabha concerts and in events such as WORLD RECORD MRUDANGA YAGNA at Poojya Shree Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji Ashram with 108 Mrudanga Vidwans in Mysore, SANGEETHA NADHA VAIBHAVAM comprising of 5700 Musicians and the 76-MRUDANGA YAGNA held at the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt in commemoration with the 76th Birthday Celebration of Jayandra Saraswathi Swamigal. He has also worked in the corporate world; however has chosen his passion in mridangam as his career. He joined SYAMA in 2018.