“We believe that music is a powerful tool for making the world a better place. Culture is one of our most precious resources. Art should be accessible to everyone.”

About us

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts was founded by India’s leading violinist composer Dr. L. Subramaniam and Bollywood Legend Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam.  It was their dream to create a home for global music in India, and since it’s inception in 2007, SaPa has been focused on nurturing the next generation of performers and creating global musical exchanges and dialogues.

We believe that music is greatly essential for spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being. We aim to provide a holistic music education and our in-house developed curriculum and methodologies ensure fun and enjoyment in the midst of high quality music training. At SaPa, the unique ‘Guru-Sishya’ bond is key to a nurturing and uplifting musical experience for the students.

SaPa Center Of Excellence

SaPa, currently in Sanjaynagar, Bangalore teaches mainly Indian classical and western classical music. We train children as young as 3 years old right up to adults. There are special programs for professional musicians to learn elements of Indian music and we organise special workshops and interactive sessions with creative personalities from all walks of life, from world famous blues musicians to instrument makers.

SaPa In Schools

Our first of its kind in India, SaPa in Schools (SiS) is an in-school music education program. We have developed a special syllabus which teaches Indian classical music as part of curriculum in schools from Nursery (age 3) to Standard X. The Syllabus also provides a Global Music component which exposes children to different styles of music from around the world. The SaPa in Schools syllabus is distinct from the rigorous syllabus taught at the Academy and is designed to interest students in classical music, present performances, develop music appreciation and create a strong foundation. The SaPa Method highlights the importance of teaching children face to face, and provides activity based learning within a classroom environment.

SaPa Team

Dr. L. Subramaniam

Dr. L. Subramaniam is one of the world’s leading musicians and composers. He created the global music idiom and his music has spanned various genres including carnatic, orchestral, fusion and film. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri and numerous other national and international awards. indianviolin.com

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam

Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, India’s leading Bollywood singer, has sung over 15,000 songs in Indian movies, many achieving multiple-platinum status. She has also worked in a number of other musical genres from Orchestral to Pop and devotional. She is the Artistic Director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival. kavitaks.com

Bindu subramanyam

Singer/Songwriter and Author Bindu Subramaniam is the daughter of world famous violinist Dr. L Subramaniam. In addition to studying Carnatic music, she has also learnt western classical singing and piano. She has a master’s certificate in Songwriting and Music Business from Berklee Music, a Master’s degree in Law and an MPhil in Cultural Studies and Music. As a songwriter, she was a finalist for the Unisong International Song Contest in the Performance Category and received an Honourable Mention at the Billboard World Song Contest.

Ambi Subramaniam
Associate Dean

Ambi Subramaniam is a violinist, composer and pianist who has been performing since the age of seven. He started the contemporary world music band ‘SubraMania’ with his sister Bindu, which blends Indian music with music from around the world. He has received the Ritz Icon Award and the Rotary Youth Award. Ambi co-hosts the TV show ‘The SaPa Show’ that aims to teach and expose young children to music from around the world. Hailed as "the new king of Indian classical violin" (The Times of India), Ambi endorses D'Addario strings and Realist violins.

Kanchana S. Shruthiranjani
Co-ordinator SaPa in Schools, Faculty Violin & Vocal

Shruthiranjani, hails from a family of musicians. She started learning music at the tender age of 3 years from her father “Karnataka Kalashri” Kanchana V Subbarathnam, a renowned violinist in India. She began staging classical concerts at the age of 4 and specializes in singing "Avadhana Pallavi’s”, learned from her uncle Dr. R.S. Nandakumar. A topper in her law degree, Shruthiranjani also holds the 1st rank in "Vidwath" degree in Carnatic vocal and violin examinations. She is an empanalled artiste of ICCR, a graded artiste in All India Radio (AIR) and a recipient of senior performer scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

Vivek Sadasivam
Head - Special Projects

Vivek is a performing Indian classical music singer, hailing from the direct ‘Shishya Parampara’ of Muthuswami Dikshitar. Vivek holds a Chemical Engineering Degree from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal. He is an empanalled artiste of ICCR, and an A Grade Artiste of All India Radio. He holds the Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Fellowship Award from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai. In his role in SaPa in Schools, Vivek works with the core team in developing the curriculum, teacher training, workshops and collaborations. His other interests lie in sports, gastronomy and wildlife.

Raghunandan Berkadavu
Manager – Operations

Calls himself a ‘Corporate escapee’, Raghunandan comes with over 8 years of experience in Training and Development in the Retail Industry. He started learning music from renowned violinist Karnataka Kalashri Guru Kanchana V. Subbaratnam and continues to learn from K. Rohini Subbaratnam and Kanchana Shruthiranjani. He is a graded artist of All India Radio and has couple of audio albums and music videos to his credit. Raghunandan not only stages Carnatic classical and devotional music concerts but is also a proficient singer for Indian classical dance form Bharathanatyam, Dance dramas and theatre arts. He has an MBA in HR and a Diploma from the Indian Society for Training & Development.