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Stars of SSK

Swaralaya Sangeetha Kalalayam (SSK) is a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) and the first classical school to be established in Perak in 2006. Its core aim is to promote and encourage the appreciation of divine arts such as Indian classical dances and instruments. On Sunday, March 25, they organised their annual programme, “Chandrodhayam” at the YRSK Cultural Hall, First Garden, Ipoh, commencing at 6.30pm.

The programme is meant to showcase the talents of the stars at SSK after years of training under the tutelage of Sarojini Govindasamy, Director of SSK. Over 50 students performed Bharatanatyam (classical dance), Sangeetham (classical vocal) and instrumentals accompanied by leading musicians.

An estimated number of 800 guests graced the occasion and cheered for the performers. Among the guests were Malaysia Hindu Sangam National President, Sri Kasi Dato’ RS Mohan Shan; Malaysia Naalvar Mandram National President, Dr Balakrishnan Kandasamy; Oscar Holidays Executive Director, Mr Johnson; Ungku Omar Polytechnic lecturers; Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) representatives and Hindu Sangam Perak state leaders.

“I’d like to express my utmost gratitude to everyone for coming and supporting these stars. Amidst the challenges faced upon organising this event, it’s an honour to have made this a success. I’m filled with contentment to witness students who are truly talented and passionate with what they do and perform. None of this would have happened without my mother, Sarojini,” remarked Event Director cum lecturer of Ungku Omar Polytechnic, Dr Panbarasi Govindasamy.

Educational booths were also set up by institutions like Ungku Omar Polytechnic and TAJ International College as a guide and exposure to young attendees. Apart from that, SSK also holds free classes for orphanage kids from two respective organisations as part of their charity drive. The classes are held weekly.

For anyone who is interested in taking classes (dancing, vocals, musical instruments) with SSK, do contact 012 670 2395 (Dr Panbarasi) for further details. Classes are held in Ipoh and Sitiawan.

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