Welcome to Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music 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 that 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 Diploma Certificate Program in Music Performance in July 2010. SAM is 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. SAM's innovative curriculum is giving musicians a distinctive edge and a multi-cultural musical vocabulary preparing them for exciting careers in a broad spectrum of 21st century music. SAM not only satisfy 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 Dafnis Preito awarded the MacArthur Fellowship We are proud to announce that Dafnis Prieto, our Drum Faculty for the Fall 2011 Program, has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Award. An award given in recognition for his â€œexceptional creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the futureâ€. Dafnis Prieto is a â€œpercussionist whose dazzling technical abilities electrify audiences and whose rhythmically adventurous compositions combine a range of musical vocabulariesâ€, says the MacArthur press release.