Malaysians to graduate in Indian classical music

June 7th, 2010 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, June 7 (IANS) Come August and Malaysia will see the first batch of graduates and diploma holders in Indian classical music trained at a state-of-the-art school affiliated to an Indian university.
Malaysian students intending to study Indian classical music now pursue their interest in their own country through the Sangeetha Swara Laya, The Star said Monday.

The academy has 12 centres in Malaysia and is affiliated to the Alagappa University in Tamil Nadu, India, and the Alagappa Performing Arts Academy in California, US.

The academy, which has 700 students, offering various certificate, diploma and degree courses in Indian classical music, according to the academy’s founder and principal Hariharan Subramaniam.

The academy is the first in Malaysia to offer structured and proper training courses in Indian classical music, the official Bernama news agency quoted him as saying.

Malaysia, home to 1.7 million ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamils, also has advanced training institutions in Indian classical dance, including Bharatnatyam and Odissi.

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