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Lavanya Raghuraman's dance production, SKANDAA for the 20th anniversary of alapana was praised as an all-time best production of alapana. SKANDAA videos can be watched on Youtube

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Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S Ramanathan (8Apr'1917- 19Mar'1988)


Daughter & disciple of Dr S.Ramanathan &

Founder-Director of alapana, Singapore



Lavanya Raghuraman


alapana events in the past

Obeisance to Thyagaraja 2013

Obeisance to Thyagaraja 2013

Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2013


alapana ensemble got a rare opportunity to perform @ MICA before distinguished audience including the Minister, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim & Senior Minister of State, Ms Grace Fu during a Deepavali celebration

Thyagaraja Akhandam 2012

alapana anniversary 2012 featured a Ramayanam-based thematic presentation, RaghuVamshi

Dunman High School ~ Workshop on Indian music



Thyagaraja Akhandam 2010 Report  Photos

alapana anniversary 2010 Photos


Epoach-Making Events:

Lavanya Raghuraman

19Feb'11 8pm: Neythal- the continental shelf @ Esplanade Theatre Studio,, Singapore

Lavanya Raghuraman's Neythal Report, Photos 

alapana - your home of Indian Music and Dance

Classical music & dance have given a special identity to Indian culture. alapana's endeavour is to bequeath Indian cultural heritage through music and dance.

     Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S.Ramanathan had committed himself for the sole mission of exchanging his profound musical knowledge with the whole world. It was his vision that the world would appreciate the potential, beauty & impact of this great melodic tradition more and more in the decades to come. True to his vision, Indian classical carnatic music has already started soaking the hearts of millions of people across the continents.     

Mrs R.Banumathy, daughter & disciple of Dr S.Ramanathan carries the baton and has been continuing the mission.

The popularly known alapana was founded as alapana arts in Singapore in 1999 by Mrs R.Banumathy. Over the years, alapana has established itself as a premiere institution teaching and performing Indian classical Carnatic music & Bharatanatyam in Singapore. alapana faithfully adheres to the musical tradition inherited through the Trinity and passed on by Dr S.Ramanathan. alapana also strictly follows the path laid by our trendsetter Gurus, the Dhananjayans in the field of Bharatanatyam. Mrs Lavanya Balaji (disciple of the Dhananjayans) is the Artistic Director of alapana and also the head of the Dance faculty. 

alapana offers lessons in Carnatic (Indian classical) music - Vocal, Veena, Violin, Flute, Mridangam & Bharatanatyam.  

alapana operates through its branches at 4 vantage locations:-

1a. alapana@684 : Block 684, Race Course Road, #01-316, Singapore - 210684

1b. alapana@390 : 390 Race Course Road, Singapore - 218647

2. alapana@Bedok :300 Bedok Road, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore - 469457

3. alapana@Clementi : Blk 431 Clementi Ave 3 #01-350 Singapore - 120431

The Race Course Road branch at Blk 684 is alapana's Main branch; 684 is located by the side of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and the other branch at 390 Race Course Road is just behind Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Termple. Both 684 & 390 are at a short walk from Exit B of Farrer Park MRT.

The second branch, alapana@Bedok is located at Simpang Bedok - Bedok Market Place/Bedok Shopping Complex by the side of Giant Supermarket, near Tanah Merah MRT.

The third branch, alapana@Clementi located at Blk 431 #01-350 Clementi Ave 3 Singapore - 120431, is close to Clementi MRT & AYE.

Quality and Variety ~ the hallmark  of alapana



"Laya Manjari" Book Release by Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Umayalpuram K Sivaraman at alapana, Singapore

Mridangam Arangetrams held in the recent past

Lavanya Raghuraman's TTD 'Naada Nirajanam' performance at Tirupati on 11Jan2017



Young shoot trying the Veena

alapana teachers @ Utsav Vimshati 29 Sep 2019



Events in the past:

Book launch on 19Mar'2017

alapana anniversary 2016 (AA 2016)

Thyagaraja Aradhana 2016

AA 2015

'alapana 16th anniversary' ~ 6 Sep 2015


Retracing the Path ~ Margam 16/03/2015 : UCC Theatre, NUS, Singapore 19/03/2015 : The Music Academy (Kasturi Srinivasan Hall), Chennai (Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S.Ramanathan Memorial Day) 21/03/2015 : Kalakshetra Theatre, Chennai (A collaboration between Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai & alapana arts, Singapore ) 23/03/2015 : Guruvayoor Temple, Kerala 26/03/2015 : Seva Sadan, Malleswaram, Bangalore

Retracing the Path ~ Obeisance to Thyagaraja 2015

Obeisance to Thyagaraja 2014

Concert by Sri Ramakrishnan Murthy with Sri Delhi P Sunder Rajan (Violin) & Sri V.Raghuraman (Mridangam) held on 22 Feb'2014.


Students at YST Conservatory of Music, NUS Singapore with Mr Raghu & Mrs Banu






Alapana Arts, Blk 684 Race Course Road, #01-316 S-210684, 390 Race Course Road, Singapore 218647, 300 Bedok Road, S - 469457 & Blk 431 Clementi Ave 3 #01-350 S- 120431
Tel: +65 63963296      Mobile : +65 982 80418;  +65 9796 8737; +65 9388 4684; +65 8383 5684; +65 9323 5684; +65 9001 5501;  +65 8725 6950    Email : welcome@alapana.org