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Kalalayam is an institution created by Prof. Trichy Sankaran in Toronto, Canada with the goal of promoting the science and techniques of percussive arts. Alongside offering training in the art of drumming (mrdangam, kanjira, ghatam), emphasis is given to the study and methods of improvisation. As a pioneer in Solkattu (rhythmic solfege) pedagogy, Prof. Sankaran offers studies specializing in the art of Konnakkol (vocal percussion).
Dr. Trichy Sankaran is the Founding Director of Indian music studies and Professor of Music at York University, Toronto, Canada. Professor Sankaran is a winner of the prestigious OCUFA teaching award. Over the past 30 years, he has trained many Canadians in the rhythm, history, theory and performing traditions of the classical music of India. Many of his former students have become noted performers, composers and music educators themselves.
Some of Sankaran's well known disciples include:
Ed Hanley (Autorickshaw)
Dylan Bell (Autorickshaw, Freeplay Duo, Retrocity)
Patrick Graham (Autorickshaw)
Andrew Timar (Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble)
Ernie Tollar (Trichy's trio)
Arangetrams: Mrdangam, Kanjira, Ghatam
The following students have had their formal, traditional arangetrams.
Gireedharan Satchidhanandam (2001)
Desi Narayanan (2002)
Dr. P.S. Mohankumar (2003)
Guberan Balasubramaniam (2005)
Arvind Venkataraman (2007)
Selected photographs of Guru Sankaran's students: