Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), with internationally renowned guitarist/composer Prasanna as its president, is the first ever professional college of music in India to offer a range of programs in contemporary music, which includes rock, jazz, classical, and world music. With voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and Indian percussion performance as its focus, SAM has started its first 6-month diploma certificate program in July 2010. SAM is a fully residential facility set in a sprawling 4 acre campus in lush green surroundings at MARG Swarnabhoomi, about 75 km from Chennai and 60 km from Pondicherry. SAM has a world-class international faculty and top-of-the-line facilities comparable to the best in the world. SAMâ€™s innovative curriculum is giving musicians a distinctive edge and a multicultural musical vocabulary, preparing them for exciting careers in a broad spectrum of twenty-first-century music. SAM not only satisfies the long-felt need for a comprehensive contemporary music education in India but is also a great alternative to colleges in USA, Europe, and elsewhere for musicians around the world to come and soak in a truly Indian and yet global learning experience at a significantly lower cost.