Indians living in Singapore can now hone their skills in music as Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA) has joined hands with Maharashtra Mandal Singapore (MMS) to offer Indian music programmes in the Lion city.
One of the most prolific singers and musicians of India, Shankar Mahadevan has been a powerful presence in the Bollywood music scene for the past two decades. He is also adept in Hindustani classical and Carnatic music.
He founded the Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which has grown into a world-renowned music school, about eight years ago. In this very short span, SMA has built a presence with students from 76 countries with nearly 20,000 students in online, schools and corporates and affiliate centres. The Academy operates its online classes 24/7 and has conducted over 95,000 virtual classes till date.
“We want to make learning Indian music rewarding by making our lovely Indian tradition more modern, more fun and present our valuable traditions in music in a more contemporary way, yet keep a structured way of learning music and reach out to students all across the globe,” said Shankar Mahadevan.
Informing about the courses at SMA, he said, “At Shankar Mahadevan Academy, we provide courses that teach Hindustani and Carnatic Classical, Hindi movie songs and devotional songs, Grow with Music - a unique course designed for children, Voice Gym and even a Teacher Certification Course.”
The association between SMA and MMS will also look at reaching out to Indians based out of Singapore and further enhance their music learning experience.
MMS is a platform connecting the Maharashtrian diaspora in Singapore where they meet, socialize, exchange notes and celebrate occasions – including festivals - all under one roof. A home away from home, MMS connects Maharashtrians with one another while sharing the spirit of Maharashtra.
Talking about the association, Nalini Thite, President of MMS, said, “We have great musical and artistic talent in our youth and adult members here. It is a pleasure to bring SMA’s courses to our members to hone their talent. Our members will get a special discount from SMA for these digital learning courses. Non-members can sign up with us and avail the discount.”
“We welcome SMA to Singapore and are excited to be associated with it. We would also like to thank Ganesh Somwanshi of Krescendo Communications for introducing us to SMA and helping us in formulating this alliance,” she added.
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