Besides performing full-time with his group Flame of the Forest, Govin is an
active learner and extensive percussion educator. He is involved in various
eastern and western instruments such as Dholak, Dong Xiao – Bamboo Flute,
Naqqara, Pot Drum, Pakhawaj, Drum-Kit, Marimba, Panderio and others.
As a soloist and accompaniment, Govin received tutelage from Ustad Zakir
Hussian (world renowned Tabla player), Pandit Birju Maharaj (world renowned
Kathak Dancer) and Pandit Mukesh Sharma (India renowned Sharod player).
He was invited to perform alongside the A-list musicians in India’s Arts and
Drama Centre on numerous occasions.
Govin has since brought his Tabla performances to new heights, both musically
and technically where he displayed his tabla techniques skillfully in many
performances. At the moment he is experimenting with the addition of other
acoustic instruments to the Tabla as a form of accompaniment. Govin teaches
the Tabla and Dong Xiao (Bamboo Flute) in Sheng Hong Arts Institute a
Charitable Arts Organization that promotes mostly Nan Yin’s art and culture
and he is also a freelance Tabla Educator.
Many are unaware that Govin is equally proficient with the western drum-kit
and till date he holds a Grade 8 in Drums. He is currently teaching western
drums at My Drum School Singapore.
Govin was grateful to be given the opportunity to travel and performed
alongside other musicians like United States (Philadelphia), South Korea
(Bussan & Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), United
Kingdom (Llangollen), India (New Delhi), China (Quan Zhou, Beijing, Xia Men)
and Australia (Melbourne).
Over the years, Govin participated in the “World Music Choir Competition” –
South Korea; Bussan & Seoul in 2009, “ASEAN Korea Traditional Orchestra
(AKTO)” – South Korea; Seoul in 2011, “The Exuberance of Youth” & “The
Elegance of Nanyin” – Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2011 respectively, “East
West Encounters” - Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012 and “ASEAN
Commemorative Summit” – India; New Delhi in 2013.
On numerous occasions, Govin have appeared on National Television, movie
and theatre productions. He recorded original sound tracks for Channel News
Asia’s (CNA) “Post General Election 2012 – The New Normal” program,
Destination Art, Art Less Travelled, Eric Khoo’s movie; My Magic where the film
was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival, President Star Charity Fund
Raising for Mediacorp Channel 5, “Trikon – The War Within” and “A Bollywood
Affair” by the Tanglin Trust School and others.
Always finding ways to give back to society, Govin has been entertaining old
folks and the less fortunate at Singapore General Hospital, Metta, Sinda,
Salvation Army, Bright hill Evergreen Home and others.
Govin is also a member of Asian Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) that is led by
Conductor and Composer Wong Kah Chun.
Contact him at: +65 98751395
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