Esplanade Presents Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts

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19 Nov - 28 Nov
In 2002, Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts was Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s first festival after the centre’s Opening Festival. It kicked off Esplanade’s calendar of regular cultural festivals and programmes which have grown from strength to strength. This year, we are humbled to commemorate Kalaa Utsavam’s 20th year of championing the Indian arts.
As the first Indian arts festival with a multi-genre focus in Southeast Asia, the festival has sought to be a catalyst for excellence by developing and supporting the creations of Singapore artists in debut performances and premieres.

Continuing in this direction, this year’s edition features a breadth of newly produced Singapore works by bharatanatyam dance company Bharathaa Arts, fusion band Brahmastra, Indian contemporary dance company Chowk Productions, veteran singer composer Mohd Raffee, vedic metal band RUDRA, classical music ensemble SIFAS Alumni and thematic music showcases by Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir and Temple of Fine Arts. We look forward to having audiences back at the centre to enjoy these live performances.

Over the years, Kalaa Utsavam has also brought artistic teams from all over the world together to raise the bar creatively through commissions and collaborations. In a similar vein, we bring together renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar and acclaimed singer Shankar Mahadevan for the first time in a digital commission. Through this premiere, screened in the Esplanade Theatre, we continue to showcase international artists in Kalaa Utsavam, despite current travel restrictions.

For the first time, we have specially curated short films by international and Singapore filmmakers. We hope to keep our audiences connected to the rich diversity of Indian culture and the diaspora’s stories through these in-venue and online screenings.
Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Kalaa Utsavam with newly produced local and international works. 

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