The Veena department in TFA started in the late 1990s with the support of Pandit Ramalingam and Swami Shantanand Saraswathi. Pandit Ramalingam; an historical figure in the development of Indian Classical Music in Singapore has lent a mine of wealth in training and setting a high standard in classical music. The Veena department started with Smt Rajam Natesan, a renowned Veena and Mridangam Artsist. She brought across cheerful patience and high standards in instilling respect, discipline and Carnatic music in both Veena and Mridangam. Soon after, Pandit Ramalingam’s daughter Yogeswari Ramalingam took the baton in running the Veena department. Her persistence, dedication and never ending trust in her guru and her students have evolved the Veena department to higher levels.
Initiating orchestral music, the Veena was incorporated in many TFA productions producing both traditional pieces as well as fusion music of Hindustani, Carnatic and Western Music: Gurukulam, Damaru(20092015) Taal Express etc. The Veena has thus proven its ability to render traditional music on its legendary frats as well as evolve to interest the new generation in recognising the beauty of Indian Music.