In our first year after instituting scholarships, this is the second time we are announcing the Scholarships. This time we received scholarship applications for the Spring 2013 semester from all over India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. After careful consideration of all the applications and materials submitted we are happy to announce the recipients of the Merit Based Scholarship for Spring 2013 semester
General Excellence Scholarship
Al Fahmi Kazi Bashar from Bangladesh
A professional musician since 2000, multi-instrumentalist Al Fahmi Kazi Bashar a.k.a Kaartik is from Bangladesh. He has been a composer, arranger and producer and has released two albums with his band ‘Bangla’. Has performed all over the world with the band. Below is one of his submissions for the Scholarship.
Below is Kaartik with his band ‘Bangla’ performing in Germany
Scholarships by Instrument
- Anupreet Kaur from Delhi, India
- Arjun Desai from Delhi, India
- Pritam Boro from Orissa, India
- Abhinav Yogesh from Bangalore, India
Congratulations to Scholarship winners from everybody at SAM
MARG Institute of Design and Architecture, Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) organized a orientation programme to welcome the second set of new batch students who enrolled themselves into MIDAS through the counseling process in Anna University.
The dignitaries attending the initiation program were Sandeep Mehta, President – CREDAI and MD, Jain Housing and Constructions Ltd., Dr. Bala Balachandran, distinguished Professor of Accounting and Information Management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University & founder and dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Dr. Ashrafi S Bhagat , Art Historian , Suhasini Ayer, Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants ,GRK Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, MARG Group , Rajini Reddy, MD, Exemplarr Worldwide Ltd, and AP Ganesshram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services.
While Mr. Sandeep Mehta, President – CREDAI, expressed views on the “Future in Architecture” , Dr. Ashrafi.S.Bhagat, Art Historian enlightened the audience on “South Indian Architecture” and Suhasini Ayer, Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants on “Sustainable Architecture / Building Technology”, continuing the session Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director, MIDAS, welcomed the 2012 batch and introduced them with the teaching pedagogy of MIDAS.
Speaking on the occasion GRK Reddy, CMD, MARG Group, said, “It is indeed a pleasure to see a new set of budding architects as the next batch at MIDAS. While the good work done by the students of the first year has been noteworthy and they have carves a niche for themselves, it is up to the new batch to keep up the standards of their seniors. With infrastructure and real estate being a critical element of our economic development, the demand for good architects will only increase. MIDAS has come into existence for providing quality education and exposure so that students have a great chance to fill the need supply gap and become professionals to reckon with in the architecture industry.”
MIDAS organized this programme for the new batch of students to acclimatize them to the course curriculum as also to introduce the 2012 batch to the faculty. The new set of students will pursue 5 years Bachelor Degree Program in Architecture Studies (B.Arch – Architecture Studies). The program is offered in both day scholar and residential modes. All the approved seats are filled and students from all over the country have joined the second batch of MIDAS.
Reacting to a full batch of budding architects, an enthused Prof. Jaffer AA Khan, Director, MIDAS, said “I am extremely happy today to welcome the new set of students to our institution. Since its inception, the one year old MIDAS has already become a familiar name in the architecture industry. Though we have a long way to go, the recognition we have got in the first year is on par with any other leading architecture institutions in the Country. With leading international and national experts visiting our institution to share their practical knowledge with the students and our excellent industry oriented curriculum will ensure that the thirst of architectural knowledge by every individual student will be fulfilled with utmost care. With just a year of campus exposure at MIDAS, a best in class architecture exhibition in the city by 2011 batch students is a recent highlight that I am particularly proud of. I’m sure the new batch will work hand in hand with the faculty and their seniors to become seasoned professionals and architects. I wish them the very best.”
MIDAS, a part of 1000 acre eco-system at MARG Swarnabhoomi has an exclusive built up area of 43,000 sq. ft which houses a well equipped library, a futuristic studio, large spacious classrooms plus audio and video learning support. The campus also has a swimming pool, basket ball courts, multi-purpose sports ground, convenio store, 24 hours clinic and health care gymnasiums.
The curriculum at MIDAS is of International Standards and the Professors are from across the globe. This will enable every student to gain extensive knowledge with regard to international architectural standards and movements, right here in India.
AP Ganesshram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services, addressing the students in the orientation program, said “MIDAS is perhaps the only institution in the country which provides direct and on the field training to its students. With lot of real estate and infrastructure projects undertaken by the MARG Group itself, the students are given an opportunity to work with the professionals on the field to gain the practical experience and I am sure this “live lab learning” experience at MIDAS will give them cutting edge competency with rich dividends when they get a chance to showcase their prowess in the field of architecture.”
As a leading infrastructure developer, MARG recognizes the demand supply gap which exists between the exponential growth of infrastructure and the lack of good schools of architecture. The program is structured to facilitate students foray into specialized areas such as Retail Design, Lighting Design, Exhibition Design, Event and Set Design and Ergonomics. Designed to bring in the prevailing trends across the world, MIDAS is one of the few Schools in India to offer alternative career options to architecture students through integrated study.
MIDAS is part of MARG Swarnabhoomi, a 1000 acre campus for education, research, innovation and industry. MARG Swarnabhoomi is being built on the concept of replicable model for a new city, students of MIDAS will have live experience on the finer aspects of architecture and have a 360 degrees learning of complete urban planning which includes, roads, drainage system, sewage, residential buildings, factory spaces, commercial complexes and landscaping etc. MARG Swarnabhoomi is designed to bring in innovation through close networking between industry and academia. Through this synergy, students will have up to-date information on industry happenings, latest trends, networking with professionals etc.
The first year batch students at MIDAS recently organized a hugely successful 6 day exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai ( July 2012) to showcase their year end work. World renowned architect Mr. Sanjay Mohe critically appraised the student works during his visit to the exhibition and applauded the student’s works.
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’s next 5 Day Intensive Performance Camp in Music is from the May 23rd to May 27th, 2012 and is open to all musicians.
These camps are a great way to experience the joy of making music and learning surrounded by great musicians set in an awe-inspiring environment that is Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. 85 musicians from India, UK, Germany, USA and other countries have attended previous 5 day Camps at SAM and have had their lives transformed. These include singers, guitarists, drummers, bassists, saxophonists, Midi wind players, arrangers, producers and more.
The faculty for this Camp are,
- Prasanna from India
- Ofer Ganor from Israel
- Marcos Varela from USA
- Gabriel Guerrero from Colombia
- Raphaelle Brochet from France
- Jovol ‘Bam Bam’ Bell from USA
The previous 5 day Camps at SAM have had star faculty such as drummers 8 time Grammy Award winner Rodney Holmes, MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto, Benny Greb, Atma Anur and others, guitarists Prasanna, David Gilmore, Rubens De La Corte, Jane Getter and others, bassists Mike Pope, Steve Jenkins, Derek Nievergelt, Panagiotis Andreou and others, vocalists Magos Herrera, Lara Bello and others, pianists Jason Lindner, Manu Koch, Carmen Staaf and others.
These camps have been very popular and have provided a platform for everyone from top professional musicians, fledgling bands, amateur musicians, intermediate and beginner level musicians to all come and share the joy of learning and making music together with world class faculty and facilities.
Below are some of the well known musicians from India who have attended these camps and have been full of praise for it,
|Nandini is well known for singing ‘Bhare Naina’ in the film Ra.One. She has been one of the most versatile singers and composers of jingles in India. She was recently rated as one of 10 top women playback singers in India. She has been a regular student of these camps. She also has some musicians from SAM featured in her album ‘Beete Pal’.|
|Max Clouth is guitarist from Germany, he has a degree in Jazz from Mainz University. He regularly plays with his band Triotonos and also with other musicians, he is also music instructor. He was a student of a camp with Prasanna, Manu Koch, Steve Jenkins and others.|
|Sanjeev Thomas is a Music Producer, Singer and Guitarist with the band Rainbow Bridge. He is the Lead Guitarist for A. R. Rahman, he has been touring and recording with him. He was student of the camp with Rodney Holmes, Mike Pope and David Gilmore.|
|Rajeev is the drummer from Thermal And a Quarter (TAAQ) one of India’s best bands. He was a student of a camp with Rodney Holmes, Mike Pope and David Gilmore.|
|Mithun is the drummer from the band Avial, one of India’s best Alternative Rock band from Kerala. He has part of the Drum Camp with Benny Greb.|
All these and more musicians have gained more insight into their musicality through these camps. These camps have been a great source of inspiration, knowledge and network for all the students who have attended them.
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) is a 4 acre campus equipped recital halls, ensemble rooms, practice rooms, labs, library with hundreds of books and DVDs, media center and recreation facilities.
Top of the line gear including Kawai Grand and Upright pianos, Kawai Digital Pianos, Mesa Boogie Guitar Amps, Orange Bass Amps, Dixon & PDP drums, Sabian cymbals.
These camps are fully residential, accommodations would be provided in our serviced apartments and 3 meals day would be provided from our multi-cuisine cafeteria.
The Tuition including these facilities, accommodation and 3 meals a day is provided at a very low cost of Rs. 20000, for Indian Applicants and USD 400, for International Applicants, for the 5 days.
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