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 Ramkumar Vasudevan – Artistic Director and Veena tutor
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 (Ensemble) and 2002 (Solo veena and Ensemble) categories. Ramkumar has conceptualized and/or presented various shows such as : A Carnatic Musical, Sant Mela, Devadasi and the Saint, Taj Mahal, BUS (Bhakti utsav of Sangeet), Dhwani music festival, Sivagamiyin sabadam (dance drama), Thirumurai kanda chozhan bommalattam (puppetry) etc. He oversees the major performances of SYAMA.
Guru Vigneshwaran– Mridangam and vocal tutor
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.
Darshna Mahadevan – Carnatic Vocal 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.
Akshaya – Bharathanatyam tutor
Akshaya is a versatile accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer has been in the field of Bharatanatyam for more than 20 years. Initiated into Natya by her encouraging parents, she started her training under Guru Smt.S.Divyasena at the Divyanjali School of Classical Dance,Chennai. She has learnt the nuances of thalam and Nattuvangam under Sri. BP Haribabu. Akshaya also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Bharatanatyam) and Computer Applications, Chennai. Akshaya’s devotion in mastering the pedagogy of Bharatanatyam is reflected in her work assisting Smt.S. Divyasena with teaching.
Having started her journey as a teacher initially at Divyanjali at Chennai. She later served as a Dance Instructor at various dance schools in Singapore such as Alapana arts, Natyagruha, Global Indian international School and Swarna kala mandir and she is right now employed for SYAMA. Along these ten years of teaching experience, she has evolved into a passionate teacher who has inspired young learners to pursue this art form with immense love and dedication and aims to do so in the years to come.