Global Indian Cultural Centre (GlCC) appoints external assessors to conduct assessments for its courses under performing arts.

Dr Siri Ramaswamy

Assessment for Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi

Dr Siri Ramaswamy is a highly energetic artist with over 10 years of experience and performing across countries, including USA, Germany, Middle East, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. He is also a choreographer with specialisation in Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. Dr Ramaswamy has established dance institutions called Nrityanjali in Hong Kong in 1995 and Kanaka Sabha Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India in 1982.

Apart from studying dance at the University of Hong Kong, he has held the position of an Honorary Research Assistant at the Department of Fine Arts. Dr Ramaswamy has led dance workshops for several premiere institutions, including Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, and Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), University of Southern California.

Prema Hariharan

Assessment for Carnatic Music

Smt. Prema Hariharan is a versatile performer who has had a successful career as a teacher, vocal artiste, composer, poet and conductor for the past 50 years. Her academic qualifications include a BA and MA in Tamil language and literature. It was her passion for music, which resulted in success at an early stage, and since then Ms Hariharan has rendered several vocal recordings with prestigious music labels in the industry. She was only 15 years when her first concert war aired on AIR (All India Radio). Having performed on radio, television (Doordarshan), in sabhas and temples, Ms Hariharan has vast experience and expertise in the field of Carnatic Music. She has also had the privilege of singing at the Sangeet Natak Sammelans and Maharaja Swati Tirunal Festivals.

Ravindra Parchure

Assessment for Hindustani Vocal Music

Mr Ravindra Parchure is a composer and a leading vocalist carrying forward the tradition of ‘Agra Gharana’, which is a form of Hindustani classical vocal music. He is presently under the guidance of his guru, Pt. Arun Kashalkar, apart from pursuing Masters of Arts (MA) from the Centre for Performing Arts (Lalit Kala Kendra) of Pune University. Mr Parchure’s academic qualifications include B.A., L.L.B., Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) and Sangeet Kovid, MA (Music).

He has won several awards and competitions with his performances like Pt. Ratanjankar Khayal Gayan competition organised by Ganvardhan Pune, Pt. Ratanjankar Foundation, Mumbai and Smt. Charuta Welankar Award conferred by Sajan Milap Trust (Mumbai), just to mention a few.

Mrs Saroja Srinath

Assessment for Carnatic Vocal, Violin and Keyboard

Sangeetha Vidwan Mrs Saroja Srinath is a veteran musician, composer and musicologist.  Starting her training in Carnatic Vocal and Veena under great gurus in Mysore, Karnataka, and went on to complete her BA Honours in music and Kannada literature at the Mysore University.  She later moved to Chennai, where she studied at the renowned Carnatic Music College under veteran gurus like Dr MS Ramanthan, Musiri Subramaniam Iyer, T Brinda and MS Anantharaman. Here, she received the ‘Sangeetha Vidwan’ title. She also trained in vocal music under the Dr Balamurali Krishna.

Her career flourished in Mumbai where she joined the Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, affiliated to the University of Mumbai. She retired as the Head of Department and examiner for music exams at Mumbai University. She has been an examiner and paper setter up to the level of Masters of Fine Arts at Mumbai University for over 20 years.  She has written several articles on music for journals, magazines and delivered lecture demonstrations in India, Hong Kong and Singapore for the Karnataka Vaibhava literature conference.