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Welcome to alapana, your home of Indian Music & Dance ~ Happy Pongal.

Look forward to Thyagaraja Aradhana 2018 at alapana Singapore ~ alapana examination for remaining students in March,2018.

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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.

alapana arts, popularly known as  alapana, was founded 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.   In addition, alapana offers lessons in Hindusthani Vocal music, Sitar & Tabla as well.

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 447 Clementi Ave 3 #02-201 Singapore - 120447

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 behinf Sri VadapathiraKali 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 447 #02-201 Clementi Ave 3 Singapore - 120447 in the vicinity of State Bank of India, Clementi Branch.

Quality and Variety ~ the hallmark  of alapana


alapana teachers

alapana teachers

NIMC Prize winners Siddarth A (Left) & Pranav Swaminathan(Right) with Prof Trichy Sankaran


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





alapana teachers at the Thyagaraja Aradhana on 18Feb'2017

Veena Arangetram of V.Vishnupriya on 5Feb'2017





Recent events:

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

Ganapathi Puja was performed for alapana's 2nd Branch at 300 Bedok Road, S- 459467 on 7 July,2014

~ alapana@Bedok is located within Bedok Shopping Complex, near Tanah Merah MRT


Ganapathi Homam was performed for alapana's 3rd Branch at Blk-447 Clementi Ave-3, #02-201 S-120447 on 26 Sep'2014

Ganapathi Homam at Clementi

~ alapana@Clementi is located close to Clementi MRT

Recent Past

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. Concert video available on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUxAIvwt4mU (concert starts at 08:00hrs on the timeline)


Students at YST Conservatory of Music, NUS Singapore with Mr Raghu & Mrs Banu at the end of the workshop on Indian Music






alapana Centre for Music and Dance, Blk 684 Race Course Road, #01-316 S-210684, 390 Race Course Road, Singapore 218647, 300 Bedok Road, S - 469457 & Blk 447 Clementi Ave 3 #02-201 S- 120447
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