Govin Tan | गोविन | 陈国俊
Govin Tan started his music education at the age of 5 and he only started learning the art of Indian Music - Tabla at the age of 12 with Mr. Chandra Sekaran (Singapore) and subsequently furthered his craft with Jagjit Singh (India, Punjab).
With perseverance and diligence, Govin was the first non-Indian to win the National Indian Music Competition in 2006 (Tabla Intermediate Category) and 2008 (Tabla Open Category) respectively.
Govin's curiosity leads him to learn various eastern and western instruments such as Dholak, Dong Xiao (Bamboo Flute), Naqqara, Ghatam, Pakhawaj, Drum-Kit, Marimba, Pandeiro. At current, he is experimenting with the addition of other percussions and toys to the Tabla as a form of accompaniment to form his 'Tabla Kit'.
On numerous occasions, Govin has appeared on National Television, movie and theater productions. He has recorded original soundtracks for Channel News Asia’s (CNA) “Post General Election 2012 – The New Normal” program, Art Less Travelled, Eric Khoo’s movie; My Magic where the film was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival, President Star Charity, Singapore Grand Prix, “Trikon – The War Within” – Theatre, “Percussion 101” for SG50 – Dr. Robert Casteels, Destination Arts by Channel News Asia.
Govin was grateful that he had the opportunity to travel, perform alongside other musicians and introducing Singapore’s culture and music to countries like the United States (Philadelphia), South Korea (Busan & Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), United Kingdom (Llangollen), India, China (Quan Zhou, Beijing, Xia Men) and Australia (Melbourne).
Over the years, Govin participated in the “World Music Choir Competition” – South Korea; Busan & Seoul in 2009, “ASEAN-Korea Traditional Orchestra (AKTO)” – South Korea; Seoul in 2011, “The Exuberance of Youth” & “The Elegance of Nanyin” – Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2011 respectively, “East-West Encounters” - Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012 and “ASEAN Commemorative Summit” – India; New Delhi in 2013.
In 2013, Govin graduated with a Diploma in Sonic Arts. He is currently pursuing his music degree at LaSalle College of the Arts. Besides performing full-time with his group 'Flame Of The Forest', Govin is also a drum instructor at 'My Drum School'.