“SaPa was started with the dream of creating the next generation of performers who will carry forward a powerful legacy of classical music and reach new levels of excellence​‌”

~Dr. L. Subramaniam

SaPa is a boutique musical institution started in 2007, focused on creating the next generation of great performers and creating global musical exchanges and dialogues. Our goal is to foster creativity and passion in students of all ages through a fun, yet disciplined music instruction. With our world class music teachers and well researched methodologies, we help students to become confident performers and develop a life-long skill and passion for music.

It was long the dream of Dr L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam to create a home for global music in India. Since it’s inception in 2007, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, Centre of Excellence (SaPa COE) has been teaching world class music to a host of students. The SaPa is run by the Subramaniam Foundation, a registered charitable trust, and headed by noted singer/songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam. With a primary focus on Indian classical music, SaPa also teaches western classical music. Students are admitted from the age of three and train them to be professonals. SaPa focuses on special teaching methods for children, through the SaPa Baby program, to help them discover the enjoyment of art, and develop a deep love for artistic endeavours. SaPa also has special programs for professional musicians of various cultural backgrounds to learn elements of Indian music including improvisation, composition, melodic and rhythmic structures. It organises special workshops and interactive sessions with creative personalities from all walks of life, from world famous blues musicians to instrument makers and encourages its students to understand and explore various artistic possibilities.

Method

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.

~Plato

Dr. Subramaniam stresses that elements of Carnatic music can be used and adapted to performing almost any kind of music from around the world. The precision of the technique and the complexity of the melodic and rhythmic structures of Carnatic music can serve as a foundation or an addition for any musician.

The SaPa Method focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of music, including the basics of melody and rhythm. For this, we use a holistic approach – in addition to the regular classes, we have rhythm exercises, group playing, music theory lectures, music appreciation sessions, practice aides, student performances and special workshops by visiting artistes on global music. Apart from the regular classes, students also benefit from mentoring sessions to hone their skills.

The SaPa Method places special emphasis on technique – once a student has a strong foundation, then he/she will be able to easily sing or play any piece. In addition to compositions, students are taught specially created technical exercises to suit learning at each level. Special methods of teaching are employed to teach Indian classical music to children ages three and up, and to teach elements of Indian music to musicians from other disciplines. The teaching methods have been developed by Dr. Subramaniam over several years of his personal experience as a performer, teacher and composer. His father and guru, the illustrious violinist and professor, V. Lakshminarayana was responsible for introducing masterful and innovative techniques for violin playing and he also created new teaching methods. Prof. V. Lakshminarayana comes from the guru-shishya (teacher-student) lineage that goes back to the three great composers of South Indian classical music – Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry.

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