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Teaching Music the SaPa Way : In Conversation With Bindu & Ambi Subramaniam

Teaching Music the SaPa Way : In Conversation With Bindu & Ambi Subramaniam

An interview with singer, songwriter and Dean of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), Bindu Subramaniam, and violinist and Associate Dean of SaPa, Ambi Subramaniam, about SaPa’s approach to teaching music, its vision, its curriculum and SaPa’s flagship program, SaPa in Schools (SiS).

What’s Life Without You, Little Joys?

What’s Life Without You, Little Joys?

It’s the little joys that make life worth living, and here are some of them from my own life.

Violin Dreams

Violin Dreams

Almost every night, a woman dreams that she is playing the violin. A dream that haunts her and teases her. This is the story of the woman’s journey with her violin.

Musing Over a Song and Love

Musing Over a Song and Love

I believe that music and love are inextricably linked. I pick one of my favourite romantic songs in Tamil whose lyrics I love and begin analysing the lines on the go while the song plays in the background. Here’s the result of my experiment.

Musical Notes – What Music Means to Us!

Musical Notes – What Music Means to Us!

Six people talk about what music means to them and provide a glimpse of how this beautiful art form has become a part of their lives. Diverse that their fields are, it is interesting to note how music can be learnt, savoured and shared in such different ways. Here’s a special feature I compiled after my conversations with Harish Sivaramakrishnan, Lead vocalist at Agam, a Bangalore-based music band that has been around since 2003, Namita Devidayal, Journalist and Author of the acclaimed books ‘The Music Room’ and ‘Aftertaste’, Krish Ashok, popular blogger known for the humour that permeates his writing, RJ Prithvi, the highly popular Radio Jockey at Radio One 94.3 FM Bangalore and Vidya & Vandana Iyer, the music sisters whose rendition of ‘Munbe Vaa’, ‘Aasai Mugam’ and ‘Nee Nenaindal’ with clarinetist and composer, Shankar Tucker went viral on YouTube.

My World of Music

My World of Music

When I listen to a favourite playlist on her iPod, I travel to a different world created by music—far away from the one we exist in. In this world, music sparks memories and ignites imagination. I share the experience through a poem.

Strumming Away to Glory

Strumming Away to Glory

Internationally-renowned guitarist and music composer, Prasanna, talks about his fascinating musical journey of being a guitarist, composer and the President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music.

Of Cassettes and Ilayaraja

Of Cassettes and Ilayaraja

Cassettes always remind me of Ilayaraja, the extremely popular music composer from Tamilnadu. And the maestro’s music, even today, takes me down memory lane – back to the 80s and 90s. Over the last few months, I have realised that Ilayaraja’s music has accompanied me like a quiet companion, as I was growing up. Here’s a tribute from an ardent fan.