Swaralaya Sangeetha Kalalayam, a music academy cum non-governmental organisation, organised a Hindu youth camp with the collaboration of Klang-based Malaysia Naalvar Mandram. A first in Ipoh, the camp was attended by participants aged 13 and above. It was held at the music academy from February 19 to 22.
Training was conducted by Dr Balakrishnan Kandasamy, Head of Secretariat at the Information Ministry. Balakrishnan is a prominent motivational speaker and has been guiding youths and nurturing them for over two decades.
Panbarasi Govindasamy, the brain behind the camp and a celebrated musician of the academy, in her speech prior to the closing ceremony, related her experiences while undergoing a similar camp years ago. By her bringing Balakrishnan and his team to Ipoh she hoped participants would benefit from the exposure. She thanked academy director, Mrs Sarojini, for her assistance.
Some of the activities held during the 4-day youth camp were public speaking, yoga classes, debates, religious workshops and temple tours.
The non-profit Swaralaya Sangeetha Kalalayam’s objective is to share the benefits of music and arts for the development of body, mind and soul. It conducts Indian classical music and dance classes for those aged four and above.