• Royaumont

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    International Workshop for Musicians - SaPa and the Subramaniam Foundation in collaboration with Fondation Royaumont hosted a two week workshop on Indian composition, technique and improvisation. The workshop conducted by Dr. L. Subramaniam had participants from France, Belgium, Italy, Morocco, US and Japan.

  • Carnatic Percussion Workshop

    On 1st June 2014, Carnatic Percussionist Harimohan conducted a special workshop demonstrating the 13 ½ beat tala cycle ‘Sivapalathalam’, dedicated to his father Nandanam Sivapalan, illustrious Kathakali and Bharatanatyam artiste.
  • Bharatanatyam for Kids

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    On 24th May 2014, SaPa presented a Bharatanatyam workshop for children by SaPa parent Meera. She introduced children to the basics of Bharatanatyam including history, and basic postures.

  • Summer Bhajan Program

    On 24th May 2014, SaPa presented a Bharatanatyam workshop for children by SaPa parent Meera. She introduced children to the basics of Bharatanatyam including history, and basic postures.
  • Summer Shloka workshop

    SaPa conducted a summer shloka workshop with Sanskrit scholar Gangadhar Borde
  • Parent Information Session

    Bindu Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam held a Parent Information Session at SaPa on March 30, discussing progress of students, and new plans being implemented at the Academy.
  • Tanjore Painting with Chitra Ramesh

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    7.1 Tanjore paintingArtist Chitra Ramesh conducted her first workshop at SaPa demonstrating the various stages involved in the ancient art form, showcasing the materials involved and a number of her own spectacular finished paintings.

  • Love Your Violin Workshop with Philip Peter

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    Bangalore's foremost Luthier Philip Peter conducted a fun and informative session for SaPa Students on the history and structure of the violin and bow. He also provided students with useful information on basic violin maintenance and conducted a group activity for students to "diagnose" problems with violins.
  • Clarinet and Polyphony

    Workshop 9Polish Clarinet player Waclaw Zimpel presented a 9.1 Clarinet and Polyphonyworkshop at SaPa, demonstrating the Alto-Clarinet and discussing similarities between Indian music and jazz.  He involved all the participants in exercises on Polyphony and Improvisation.  /p>

  • Special Workshop with Hubert Laws and Oystein Baadsvik

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    On January 1, 2014, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa presented a Special Workshop featuring artists from the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2013-14. Flute legend Hubert Laws and the World's only Tuba Soloist Oystein Baadsvik interacted with SaPa students, demonstrating their instruments, discussing Western Classical Music, Jazz and even practice techniques.
  • Double Bass with Paul Erhard

    Professor of Double Bass at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Paul Erhard gave a demonstration on the Double Bass, using SaPa's own 200 year old double bass (who was named "Mahesh" during the session). Paul Erhard explored western classical music and the importance of interpretation, also touching upon the role of improvisation in music.
  • Contemporary Dance with Annelize Machado

    Indian American Annelize Machado has studied Bharata Natyam, Kalaripayattu (Indian Martial Arts) and Western Contemporary Dance. A dedicated teacher, her workshop at SaPa was on Contemporary Dance and movement.
  • Michal Zak and Jan Kubek

    Michał and Jan individually gave short lec-dems about their music and then come together to do something interesting. Michał Żak, a flautist, clarinet player and shawm-player, is a student of Jean-Michel Veillon. For years he has been exploring Polish village music and he is one of the founders of the House of Dance in Poznań. Michał has received many awards especially at the annual “Nowa Tradycja” competition organised by Polish Radio. He composes and performs music for theatre and silent films and is involved in educational projects. Jan Kubek, multi-percussionist from Poland, studied traditional techniques of playing on drums from various musical cultures, and plays cajon, djembe, darbuka, frame drums, conga and tabla (which is his favourite). He is part of Beltaine, one of the foremost Celtic bands from Europe, Indialucia (a mix of flamenco and classical Indian music) and participates in many others projects. He has conducted many workshops on Hand Percussions.
  • Workshop on Improvisation and Indian Music

    workshop 14.1Dr. L. Subramaniam and the Subramaniam Foundation collaborate with workshop 14Royaumont Foundation, France to presentworkshops to professional musicians from around the world to promote an understanding of Carnatic music and improvisation. This annual workshop is held alternately at SaPa, India and the Royaumont Abbey, France.

    In 2012, it was held at SaPa and participants included musicians from France, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Japan. Each performer had a different musical background from Jazz to Western Classical, Mongolian to Turkish and tried to integrate the essence of Carnatic music and improvisation into their own music. There was also a special lecture on Bollywood music and singing by Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and presentations by other members of the SaPa Faculty. The two-week workshop culminated in a special performance and lecture-demonstration by the participants and some students of SaPa at the inauguration of Vijayashree Hall at SaPa.

  • A World of Violins Workshop

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    On 5 January 2011, SaPa conducted a workshop “A World of Violins,” a never-seen-before event for all violin students in Bangalore. The workshop featured some of the greatest violinists from all over the world including Dr. L. Subramaniam, Mark O’ Connor, Loyko, Kheir Eddine M’Kachiche, Benedicte Maurseth and Catharina Chen, talking about their system of violin playing. The participants of the workshop comprised members of Bangalore’s music community and the event was covered by the media. The event was held at and supported by Hotel Ista.
  • Theatre Workshop with Preetam Koilpillai

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    Preetam Koilpillai, the talented pianist and theatre artiste held a theatre workshop at SaPa for the older students. Explaining the basics of theatre and acting, he ran through basic exercises focussing on trusting co-actors, facial expressions and letting go of inhibitions in front of a crowd.
  • Flamenco Music Workshop with Miguel Czachowski

    SaPa hosted a workshop on Flamenco music by the talented Polish guitarist Miguel Czachowski. Miguel taught the students the basic elements of flamenco music and rhythms, and his highly energetic session was highly appreciated by all the students. Miguel is no stranger to India as he has lived in India, studied Indian music and performed as part of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.
  • Gottuvadyam Workshop with Dr. Gayatri Kassebaum

    Dr. Gayatri Kassebaum, a renowned gottuvadyam artiste and ethnomusicologist was invited as a special guest to SaPa. Dr. Gayatri is a student of the famous gottuvadyam vidvan Sri Boodalur Krishnamurti Shastry. Dr. Gayatri has given a number of lecture demonstrations around the world and has been a Professor in Hawaii. She gave the students a lecture-demonstration on the gottuvadyam, a fret-less string instrument, from the same family as the veena. In current times, thegottuvadyam has become a rare instrument.
  • Veena-making Demonstration

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    The great maestros perform on their beautiful instruments and receive thunderous applause for their virtuosity but little is known about the people who make the instruments. In an attempt to showcase the art of instrument making, SaPa invited a team of talented veena makers who demonstrated the making of a veena to SaPa students.
  • Global Fusion Workshop with Solo Cissokho and Miya Masaoka

    workshop 20.1Workshop 20In January 2012, the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa presented the Global Fusion Workshop featuring artists from the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2011-12. It was open to all SaPa students and music lovers.

    Apart from Dr. L. Subramaniam, the workshop featured African kora player Solo Cissokho, and Japanese koto player Miya Masaoka. Solo Cissokho discussed and demonstrated the kora and African music, as well as the role of the Griot in Senegalese culture. Miya Masoka demonstrated the kota and shared traditional Japanese music and the method of notation. The workshop was held at and supported by Hotel Ista.

  • Indian Percussion workshop with VV Ramana Murthy, N Radhakrishnan and G Satya Sai

    workshop 21.1workshop 21The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and SaPa jointly presented a special Indian percussion workshop with leading Carnatic percussionists VV Ramana Murthy (mridangam), N Radhakrishnan (ghatam) and G Satya Sai (morsing).  The artists demonstrated their instruments and explained rhythmic concepts of Carnatic music

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  • Jazz Workshop with Rainer Pusch

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    Jazz saxophonist Rainer Pusch conducted a jazz workshop at SaPa. This workshop was open to all, with both basic level and advanced level students from around the country attending and participating.
  • Veena workshop with Meera Raghu

    Veena player Meera Raghu interacted with students of SaPa, explaining the history behind the veena, it's parts, and ended with a demonstration on the instrument.
  • Morsing workshop with Gururaj

    Noted percussionist Gururaj gave a lecture demonstration on morsing and it's role in Carnatic music.
  • Yoga workshop with AP Prasad

    Yoga teacher and therapist AP Prasad held an informative and energetic workshop, demonstrating different yoga postures, teaching students the surya namaskar and explaining the benefits of yoga for health.
  • Tala Workshop with Sri Krishnamurthy

    SaPa presented a Tala Workshop by the (now late) Carnatic music scholar Sri. Krishnamurthy, who spoke about the use of rhythmic patterns during improvisation. During the workshop, he took small rhythmic motifs, and using simple arithmetic and mathematical formulae devised by him, he demonstrated how these small motifs could be expanded into different rhythmic patterns and korvais. Within this structure, he demonstrated, that an improviser can continuous improvise and come up with numerous different rhythmic patterns, to make his/her music more interesting.
  • Dynamics in Music with Corky Siegel

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    Corky Siegel, one of the finest blues harmonica players from the US conducted a workshop for SaPa students on Dynamics in Music. He spoke about the concept of dynamics in music and demonstrated how good dynamics could give life to the music. He also gave the students practical examples of different kinds of dynamics and how they can apply it in their daily practice.
  • Latin American Music Workshop with Javier Lorca and Marjorie Garces

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    During July-August 2009, we had two young musicians from Chile in South America: Javier Lorca, a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist and Marjorie Garces, a singer/songwriter. In collaboration with faculty member Hari Ravikumar, they conducted four sessions for students at SaPa. The sessions were very interactive and included several audio-visual presentations and listening to different musical samples. The first session was an introduction to Latin American music and also a discussion on the influence of the Tropical and African music on Latin American music. The students learned many interesting elements about African rhythms. The second session continued with a discussion Carribean, Tropical and Afro-influenced music. The focus later shifted to Andean music (mainly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile) and the musical influence of the aborigines. The third session focused on the Spanish-European influence on the Latin American music. The fourth and final session was devoted solely to the various musical forms in Chile.
  • Special workshop with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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    Special workshop with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill - Irish music legends Martin Hayes (violin) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) presented a special workshop on traditional Irish music on December 27, 2014. The workshop also featured a special performance by Matthew Noone, who is the first musician to play Irish music on the Indian sarod.
  • Special workshop with Corky Siegel

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    Special workshop with Corky Siegel - Blues Legend Corky Siegel presented his second workshop with SaPa, where he demonstrated the harmonica, and discussed musical concepts with students aged three and up.
  • Special workshop with Jon Weber

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    Special workshop with Jon Weber - Virtuosic pianist Jon Weber presented a special workshop outlining the history of American music, and playing a number of memorable songs. He also demonstrated his perfect pitch sense and incredible memory, playing all audience requests by memory!
  • Emma Sweeney and Ben Cahill

    Emma Sweeney and Ben Cahill - Irish duo of Emma Sweeney (fiddle) and Ben Cahill (cello) presented a workshop at SaPa, where they explained the basics Irish music, and brought an Irish instrument called the whistle, inviting SaPa Babies to come up and try. Classical Cellist Ben showed how his instrument can be adapted to play a supportive role to the Irish fiddle.
  • Guitar workshop with Varun Murali

    Guitar workshop with Varun Murali - Varun Murali of Swarathma conducted a workshop at SaPa, demonstrating four instruments from the guitar family - the electric guitar, the acoustic guitar, the classical (nylon string) guitar and the ukulele. He showed the audience the different parts of the instrument, how sound was produced, and some effects which can be used on electric guitars.