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Sugam Karnatica is an arts education institution formed in 2003, which provides formal and non-formal Indian arts and culture programmes. It also functions as the Community ACE (Arts Centre of Excellence), which provides children with a vehicle to express their background and heritage.

Sugam Karnatica aims to promote various cultural art forms such as music, drama and dance, and finds ways to fuse them in today’s advanced world of technology and modernization.

Sugam Karnatica’s extensive studies and experience in educating children and youngsters over 21 years have helped us identify the ideal direction for the development of young talent. Children and teenagers require a greater level of care and must be nurtured in a way that sustains their interest and passion at the earliest possible stage. The courses implemented takes into account these factors and also other contributing factors such as the cultural environment in Malaysia. The programmes and courses are geared towards creating students and practitioners in music who are well-versed in their chosen discipline.

The absence of a formal education in Indian Arts and Music was addressed by Sugam Karnatica’s affiliation with the Annamalai University of Tamil Nadu, India. This affiliation motivates and encourages students of arts to pursue their passion through systematic and organized examinations conducted in University format. 

Apart from the arts courses that are offered, we appreciate the need to produce talent who are well-grounded in every aspect of their chosen discipline – both in terms of knowledge and practice. The outreach programs and workshops that are included in the programmes will help our students in becoming talent which are well-educated – in every sense of the word.


Sugam Karnatica is an initiative of Sugam Culture & Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organisation, which focuses on societal transformation through arts and culture.


Our Reach

Sugam Karnatica till date, through its programmes has served more than 4000 students from ages 3 to 17 years old. Currently we have 500 students learning at our institution. Children are taught traditional Indian arts forms such as music, instruments and dance, as well as performing arts like theatre and visual arts. We run 100 classrooms per week with 24 teachers. 


Paying it Forward

  • Scholarships worth RM30,600 is given out annually for children from underprivileged backgrounds

  • 25 sessions of Creative lessons and Language such as Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Creative Writing and Tamil Language are conducted FREE of charge on a weekly basis for students which amounts to RM80,000 per annum.

  • Our Talent Acceleration Programme, T.A.P. which has culminated in a Carnatic Choir ensemble called TAP to Ragas, presents a positive image of the community whilst showing participation of Malaysian Indian children in national activities through the arts. The cost of this activity amounts to RM22,000 per annum.

  • Our Student Engagement Programmes provide opportunities for students to get involved in experiences that complement their in-class training amounting to RM43,000 per annum.



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