As a child, he used to skip all other lessons in school and hide in the music room. Now musician Amit Dhamelia wants to transfer his great love of music to the next generation with his Param Swaram Performing Arts school.
He said, "The purpose of my academy Param Swaram is to give the gift of music to the next generation who are hungry for music. I provide a personal touch when I impart music to my students who come from a range of backgrounds and age groups. I aim to create a new league of performing artistes in Singapore to realise my dream of making Singapore a musical utopia."
Amit was the second of four children born to musicians Hargovind and Bhagawati Dhamelia. Growing up in Gujarat, he was only four when he gave his first stage performance. Amit would later go on to be the undefeated champion vocalist at state-level competitions in Gujarat for seven years.
Because of his achievements in music, the Indian government sponsored him to attend a workshop by Pandit Dhwarakanath Bhosle, who inspired Amit to attend a music college for his degree and master's.
At the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Amit would spend his days locked in his room, singing for more than eight hours a day and reading up on music. He picked up the harmonium and keyboard to accompany his singing.
His voracity for music encouraged his gurus to give him special attention, which helped him learn a lot more than his friends.
Amit paid his college and hostel fees with the money he earned from giving performances, teaching music privately and from doing odd jobs. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in performing arts, specialising in vocal music and was the top student in his college.
He wanted to continue his education in music and take up a bachelor's degree in the tabla, but fate intervened as his vocal music career took off. Thus began the struggle of making a name for himself in India's music industry.