Samuel J. Dass, or Sam as he is fondly known in the music circle, started his love affair with the Sitar at the tender age of 7. His first guru was his father, Mr. Jabamalai Dass.

His love and passion for music has brought him to learn from some of the very best Sitar players, namely Mr. Maheswaran Orme (from the Temple of Fine Arts), Giani Bachitar Singh, Mr. Raj Kumar Sharma and Professor Haridev of Chandighar University (under whom he was able to obtain the ‘Sageeth Bushan’ which is equivalent to a advanced diploma in music).

Most notably, Sam had the opportunity to learn from the world renowned sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez in Pune ,India. He was under Shahidji’s guidance for 7 months.

As a composer, Sam has released 7 albums to date (i.e. Sitarasa, Sitarasa Nostalgia, Vrajalila, Biography of Swami Sivananda, Vidiyal, Raga Moods and Prana).

The two honours that he was awarded at the Cameronian Arts Awards 2004 – for the best original composition and best solo performance categories under his band Prana – is a belated recognition much deserved.

Sam has had the good fortune of playing with some of the top musicians in Malaysia and abroad. He recently represented Malaysia for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. He won 7 gold medals and one silver medal for the eight categories he took part in. He also won 7 Champion of the World plaques and was the only one from the Malaysian team to be chosen to compete in the Grand Championships which was held at the world famous Palladium Auditorium. Besides the US, Sam has also performed in Australia, Singapore, Brunei and India.