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Global Café - South Asia

IAMM Global Café (IGC) is a virtual networking event for IAMM members across the world. These Cafés will meet every other month, starting on 16/17 February, 2021, hosted by members of IAMM’s Committee on Global Reporting.

The next IGC focuses on the possible intersection of music and medicine/health in South Asia. Purvaa Sampath will host a panel of practitioners actively engaged in music and medicine/health in different South Asian countries. Participants will have the opportunity to converse with the co-hosts, as well as each other.

This event is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, June 2nd at 10am Eastern Daylight Time. All IAMM members will receive a recording of this event. Find your local time here. This event is scheduled to last one hour.

All IAMM members are welcome to attend these Global Cafés. Please join with a cup of coffee, tea, or your choice of libation, and enjoy the conversation!  

IAMM Global Café - Africa Spotlight is hosted by Purvaa Sampath, Member, of IAMM's Global Reporting Committee



Purvaa Sampath MT-BC, NMT is the founder and director of Mayahs’ Universe and a graduate from Berklee College of Music. She is one of the few CBMT Board-certified music therapists and NMTs (Neurologic Music Therapist)  in the country. In Bangalore, India, she works as a consulting music therapist with multiple institutions like FAME India which caters to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and Sukino Healthcare which is a residential neuro-rehab facility. In addition to this, she also works with clients at Mayahs’ Universe’s therapy space based in central Bangalore. 

Purvaa teaches music therapy as part of a PG diploma program in Expressive Arts Therapy at Women’s Christian College in Chennai and St. Xaviers College in Mumbai. Purvaa was also recognized for her work in music therapy by the Rotary Downtown chapter’s HR Pratibha Award for Women of Distinctive Vocation, 2019. She currently serves as a member of the Global Reporting Executive Committee for the IAMM (International Association of Music and Medicine). 


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Dr. Indra Selvarajah is the first PhD qualified music therapist in Malaysia, contributing to the development of the field in the country. She is a Medical Music Therapist, and a music therapy lecturer, researcher and trainer at University Putra Malaysia and Hospital Kuala Lumpur Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, to name a few. She is also the founding president of the Malaysian Music Therapy Association and is currently spearheading the setting up of a tertiary level academic training program for music therapy in malaysia under UPM together with Assistant Professor Dr.Lori Gooding, president of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Florida State University (FSU). 

Dr.Indra has done extensive work in the field of music therapy and dementia, with her PhD topic focussing on creating technologically based music therapy for older adults with dementia. She has set up multiple music therapy programs and contributed as a researcher and trainer at Alzheimer's Disease Foundation Malaysia, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, amongst many others. 

In addition to all of this, she is the chair of the Global Crises Intervention Commission, World Federation of Music Therapy and also serves as a member of the Strategic Development and Finance committee of the IAMM. 


Calvin Eng, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, from Berklee College of Music. Upon returning to Singapore in 2017, he has been working in the special education setting, serving individuals with neuro-developmental disorders, and multiple disabilities. Calvin is President of the Association for Music Therapy Singapore (AMTS), leading the association in its efforts to raise awareness of music therapy in Singapore.


Grace Nono

Dr. Grace Nono is an ethnomusicologist and scholar of Philippine shamanism, a music performing artist, and the founder of a Philippine non-profit organization dedicated to cultural revitalization. She received her master’s degree in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, a second master’s degree in Religion/Gender from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from New York University. She was also awarded a post-doctoral position at the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Dr. Nono’s third book: Babaylan Sing Back: Philippine Shamans, Voice, Gender, and Place (2021) is currently in press with the Cornell University Press - Southeast Asia Program. Her earlier books are Song of the Babaylan: Living Voices, Medicines, Spiritualities of Philippine Ritualist-Oralist-Healers (2013), and The Shared Voice: Chanted and Spoken Narratives form the Philippines (2008).

As a singer, Dr. Nono has been specializing in the performance of oral songs taught to her by elders in different parts of the Philippines. She has been featured in concerts in sixty cities/venues in over twenty countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. 

To date, Dr. Nono has won 45 awards, including the SUDI National Music Award, The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service or TOWNS award, the Ten Outstanding Young Men or TOYM award, the University of the Philippines Distinguished Alumni award, three national book awards, three album of the year awards, three best world music album awards, several Catholic Mass Media, Katha, Awit, National Press Club, and other awards for her musical, scholarly, and other cultural contributions.


Dr. Shantala Hegde, M.Sc, M.Phil and PhD, is an associate professor in the clinical neuropsychology unit and the faculty in charge of the music cognition laboratory at NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India. She is a trained neurologic music therapist focusing on clinical neuro-psychology, rehabilitation and EEG/ERP functional neuroimaging in neuromusicology. 

She has presented at over 100 international and national conferences and talks and has 54 publications in her field of interest. 

A select few of her awards and achievements include: 

2018- Wellcome Trust India Alliance CPHI Intermediate fellowship (first clinical psychologist from the country to receive this award)

2016 Fellowship. Helsinki Summer School in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Brain Research Unit Institute of Behavioral Sciences & Cicero Learning, University of Helsinki, Finland.

2016- Science Fellow, Exploring Mind Through Music, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.

2012 Nominee for the Young Researcher Award by the Society for Education, Music & Psychology Research & European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)

2009 - The International Young Investigator Award’, by the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (2009)

2008- Young Investigator –Research grant by the Department of Science and Technology


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