[TEDxSungaiSegget 2017] 与 Aarambam Music Academy 创办人的独家对话 C🔴NNECTing with Rohith Govindan, on a music voyage less ordinary

[编辑 Editor 吕大人   英译 Translator 刘大人   摄影 Photographer 黄大人]

作为第三届 TEDxSungaiSegget [C🔴nnect] 的官方媒体之一,大人此次有幸预先拜会本届数位分享者,同时也非常感激主办单位贴心安排,秉持着抛砖引玉的想法,继之前首篇专访取得不少回响后,大人当然得即刻为看官们送上第二回合的专访!一起聆听 Aarambam Music Academy 创办人 Rohith Govindan 如何透过学习传统印度音乐 Sangeetham 与 Tabla 让孩子们发现自身潜能!而这家音乐学院也获柔佛州务大臣的大力支持与赞赏哦!

TEDxSungaiSegget 自 2015 年起由一群新山自愿社区组织者所主导策划的活动,缘于一次其与依斯干达特区发展机构(IRDA)的负责人偶然提起后,双方一拍即合,新山有史以来第一届 TEDx 大会因而诞生。时光犹如咱们的母亲河般不慌不忙流动,转眼间第三届的分享将于2017年10月7日 (星期六) 上午10点至下午4点,於新山星级酒店 Amari Johor Bahru 掀开帷幕。

As the official media partner for the 3rd TEDxSungaiSegget, we continue where we left off from last week’s interesting conversation with Johan Ropi, one of the main “architects” behind Kilang Bateri, to bring you another glimpse of the exciting programme ahead. This week, let’s hear it up close and personal from Rohith Govindan, a young entrepreneur and founder of Aarambam Music Academy, a new Fusion Music school with a recognition as Best Cultural Outreach Academy by Menteri Besar Johor Bahru.…

再次呼吁!只限100名!第三届的 TEDxSungaiSegget 现已开始售票咯!只需登入www.tedxsungaisegget.com 购买就能享有限量早鸟票优惠。每位入场者仅需 RM57.40 (原票价为RM71.75) 即可现场聆听7位主讲者的无私精彩分享!
Limited to ONLY 100 attendees, tickets for the 3rd TEDxSungaiSegget is open for sale NOW! Priced at RM71.75 with only 20 early bird tickets (RM57.40) on a first-come-first-serve basis!

欲想了解更多有关 TEDxSungaiSegget 如何缘起与其定位,请延伸阅读:
To better understand the big idea and what inspires TEDxSungaiSegget past and present:《大人独家》TED大会:眼观2016路,耳听8方 TEDxSungaiSegget – HEAR IT IS / here it is!

谈谈你如何与音乐结缘
First encounter with music

每个人在人生中总会有一段「灵光乍现」,许多学音乐的孩子也曾经历过父母希望让孩子透过练习并因此而爱上音乐的情景吧?成立音乐学院其实并非我的童年梦想,一开始也并不喜欢音乐。还记得14岁后的某一天,发现当将自身感情投入所演奏的音乐中后,才「突然」真正了解乐器并产生兴趣,当然这也成为了我人生中的转捩点,之后就到了本地著名音乐学院 (Sangeetha Swara Laya) 继续深造学习音乐。

For most people, many of their earliest personal memories are of music, as it targets the same, deep-level parts of the brain that are involved in regulating our emotions and where many of our earliest and strongest memories are stored. However, music was never a childhood passion of mine, and it wasn’t until the age of 14 before I realised my love for percussion. Soon I was composing my own tempo and beats, and that life-changing moment of truth took me to pursue my interest at Sangeetha Swara Laya (Johor) with the recognition by Alagappa University (Karaikudi, India), under the tutelage of Dr Hariharan Subramaniam (Tabla) and Sir Ajith Bhaskaran Dass, Suvarna Fine Arts (Sangeetham). The rest was history.

赋予传统音乐教育新意义
Challenging the stereotypes of traditional music education

一般家长认为「音乐无法成为生存的铁饭碗」,两年前当我创立 Aarambam Music Academy 时,除了让远从印度而来的导师教导传统印度音乐 Sangeetham 与 Tabla 的演奏技巧外,也起着要让学习者了解传承不守旧,创新不忘本的精神。对我来说,认识手中的乐器与知识远比不断演练来得更重要。一般音乐学校通常较注重在不断地演练熟悉乐曲,但我们认为教育是需要有热忱的,当你热爱了你所从事的活动,才有可能让孩子们在日后也将此发展成为一门事业并传承。此外,学院也积极透过许多户外活动激发学习者们的思维与潜能,我们强调纪律而非惩罚,透过学习一门音乐而更了解自身所爱,让自己变得更好,一直以来皆是我们的愿景。

There’s no denying that the world runs on implicit bias, and people tend to generally categorise music into stereotypes that gave rise to old-school approach versus the new school of thought. Aarambam Music Academy was started two years ago, with the vision to provide the opportunity for anyone to learn music and dance, and to build a “Fusion Community” through courses in Malay, Chinese and Indian music culture under one roof. In promoting the exchange and learning of music culture within the community, we managed to unite our students as one family.

In this era, we observed that young children were losing interest from the traditional approach, so we set out to improvise the teaching concepts and delivery, without going against the traditions. Here, our students learn to play instruments, sing vocal (practical), while studying Music Theory as a subject based on the history, components and elements of Indian Music Culture. Moreover, we do not punish students for any mistakes, rather we turned their “punishment” into exercise and that actually improve their memory and brain power while instilling musical discipline. Through a “community music” learning approach, we can encourage more personal expression and group interaction. and actually helped students to discover more about themselves, cultivate their interest which has the potential to turn this passion into a profession or career in the music industry.

颠覆传统、翻转课堂
Community music learning beyond the classroom

音乐学院里的学生 (只接受6岁以上的学习者) 除了能学习传统的印度音乐 Sangeetham 与 Tabla 之外,也能随我们到育幼院让爱心善举延续,同时我们也会定期收集与捐献教育书籍。每个孩子们的思维模式皆不同,我们希望孩子们能透过音乐的世界陶冶性情外,也能参与不同的社会活动,更深入了解与发掘真实人生的另一层面,学会给予更多的重视和爱心、建立自信与沟通能力等。有些天性害羞的学生自从参与了活动后,竟成为了学校里的班长,也有些学生觉得记忆力变好了、更能控制情绪等,这一切皆是音乐所带来的正能量。

Community music offers an open and unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and develop together, and open the doors for learning outside of the classroom. As music educators, it is important that we encourage our pupils to take part in community activities outside of school to apply their learning in a different environment and discover other opportunities within their community. One of our recent activity was the “Give A Book & Change A Life Campaign” where used school textbooks were collected from our students and given a new lease of life to benefit underprivileged children, as a blessing and to nurture the value of humanity towards our community.

活到老、学到老、学习音乐无止境
Never too old to learn or play an instrument

音乐无界限,在传统印度音乐 Sangeetham 与 Tabla 的课程里并不乏成人参与,我们鼓励学习者抛开既有的年龄包袱,放开自我,秉持开放态度一起学习,让思考控制情绪。

简而言之,我们不仅让孩子们接触传统音乐教育,也透过各种体验活动培养与启发学生、树立社会道德观、人格和个性,也让有天分的学生自发深造,进而成为备受认证的专业,这恰好也是传承中最美的一道风景。

It’s interesting to note that our community music platform has seen many adults, as well as families turning up to learn the traditional instruments such as Sangeetham and Tabla. With patience and regular practice, everybody is teachable and everyone can learn, no matter what age you’re at.

Music truly knows no limit. Through our community music approach, we hope to help especially young children to discover and develop their interest in music while shaping their character and open their mind to the real world outside of their comfort zone. Coupled with the best of traditional music education fundamentals and modern teaching and delivery methods, our vision to a achieve a more harmonious society is not far in the making.

快问快答
Quick fire questions …

最喜欢的本地美食 / Favourite food in JB?
当然是印度美食!
Indian food of course…

最喜欢的本地好去处 / Favourite hangout place in JB?
特别喜欢碧雅湾Senibong Cove的氛围、美食及令人陶醉的夜景!
Senibong Cove. Love the environment and food, and it’s a great place to chill and admire the scenery especially at night.

最崇拜的音乐家或作品 / Favourite musicians or musical works?
Illayaraja Sir 及 A.R Rahman 都是我非常敬重的创作家及音乐家!
Illayaraja Sir and A.R Rahman, they are both very unique individuals and talented composer and musician.

自认是音乐工作者还是生意人 / Do you see still see yourself as a musician or more of an entrepreneur now?
我不曾把自己当成音乐人,而是一个庆幸有机会从事音乐教育相关工作的企业家,毕竟这年头还能真正结合事业与兴趣的选项不是很多,希望不久的将来能实现把我的音乐理念带到全国的各个角落!
I see myself as an entrepreneur with the idea to teach and bring about innovations across different cultures of music, and with a vision to build more Academies across Malaysia.

如果不从事音乐教育,你将会是 / If you were not a musician, what would you have become?
倘若没有踏上这趟音乐之旅,或许我也和大伙一样中规中矩完成学业,考取大学文凭。虽然我不会放弃我的音乐梦想,但心中的那把“火”或许无法像现在燃烧地那么炙热!
If I have not started this journey, I would still be a full-time student pursuing my college degree. Nevertheless, I still see myself exploring various ideas in music education but the “fire” in me and passion wouldn’t be the same as it is now.

如果能将时光倒流,你最希望 / And finally, what would you change if you could turn back time?
所谓:未学走路先学飞,一展翅膀就吃亏;但我不这么认为。有些时候反其道而行未必是一件坏事,如果早在2年前就能预知今天的结果,当初或许该先进行融资计划而非靠一己之力独撑两年光景。
I will definitely bite the bullet and start my own Academy earlier rather than taking 2 years to wait and see, and I have come to a point where “sometimes before you start to walk, you need to learn how to fly first”. In each and every fall, there will be a great lesson learnt. I was very much in my comfort zone in my baby steps and if I had known the positive outcome, I would have definitely taken the risk to self-finance or getting people to invest in Aarambam Music Academy.

 

2017年度 TEDxSungaiSegget 主讲嘉宾
C🔴NNECTing with the speakers at TEDxSungaiSegget 2017

大人对于这组年轻有活力的 TEDxSungaiSegget 团队背后想要传达的讯息及那份不求回报的使命感,深感认同。只要你我愿意,这个社会永远有个空间让彼此交流与进步。

The theme for TEDxSungaiSegget 2017 is C🔴nnect, where the curators believe that we’re not divided even the world made us seem so. By paying attention and taking the initiative, we will discover the magical fabric of our community and our society – the connection between each and every one of us.

C🔴nnection happens in many ways, both intentionally and unintentionally, so take this opportunity to spread this idea of C🔴nnectivity in a few areas we too believe that should strengthen to make JB a better place for everyone.

2017年度的 TEDxSunggaiSegget,演讲阵容同样强大,10月7日等着你一起来聆听。

With different speakers to inspire us come 7 October 2017 (Saturday, 10am4pm) @ Amari Johor Bahru, be sure to grab your tickets asap to enjoy Early Bird @ RM57.40 (Normal Admission @ RM71.75). Ticket can be purchased via http://bit.ly/2vkqOmC

Known as the man behind Kilang Bateri, a lifestyle mall that occupies a factory building; Johan has been involved in rejuvenation projects such as Johor Bahru Transformation program and Iskandar Malaysia’s urban renewal programs since 2010.

He is currently the CEO of Institut Integriti Kepimpinan dan Latihan Semangat Dato’ Onn (IKLAS), a training unit that assists the government in scouting world-class Johor talents.

Dr. Chua is a clinical psychologist, a researcher and the founder of Relate Malaysia – a community organisation which aims to destigmatize mental illness and engage in public education of mental health.

Relate Malaysia is committed to developing accessible and affordable treatments and promoting mental health community support for all Malaysians.

Rohith is a 23 year old young entrepreneur who founded Aarambam Music Academy, a new Fusion Music school in Johor Bahru with a recognition as Best Cultural Outreach Academy by Menteri Besar Johor Bahru. He strongly believes in a vision of leading a new learning era in the Indian Music Industry by nurturing the next generation of classical musicians and dancers at Aarambam Music Academy. Rohith started his journey in Sangeetham and Tabla at the age of 6 under the tutoring of renowned Sir Ajith Bhaskaran Dass (Sangeetham) & Dr Hariharan Subramaniam (Tabla).

Trained in architecture, Lisa now practices design independently. She has participated in various collaborative art and performance art projects in creating site-specific installations ranging from sites like rivers, a botanical garden to an urban paddy field.

Most recently, she co-curated with Nani Kahar of labDNA, the ASEAN bamboo installation art “Konstruk” as one of the Public Art initiatives by Khazanah Nasional at Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri, Johor Darul Ta’zim.

A self-proclaimed enjoypreneur, Jacqueline‘s passion is driven by pursuing business ventures. After having given up her career in Investment Banking, she focused full-time on causes that are important to her. Her involvement in craft started when she and her partner co-founded Tanoti Sdn Bhd in 2012 in a quest to ensure that songket weaving continues by giving gainful employment to skilled young ladies after funding for them had been discontinued.

Five years hence, and still operating largely from a modified car porch, this Kuching-based community of 20 strong artisans have done the industry and the country proud – having won international awards and showcased in prominent events worldwide.

Apart from Tanoti, Jacqueline‘s other business interest is in hospitality where she manages 3 hotel properties, all within Kuching, Sarawak. Her flagship project, Batik Boutique Hotel, is a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame inductee; in June 2017, it received its 7th consecutive Certificate of Excellence.

Navin is a self-taught maker who first became fascinated with electronics through electronic music instruments and how they functioned. Through the Biji-biji Initiative, he learned about manufacturing, technology, sustainability and art and the various ways they intertwine. Interested in the future and current global issues, he always has his ear to the ground on the recent rumblings.

 

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