Singapore artists hold 12-day Indian art festival

Singapore: Nearly 100 local artists are staging various art forms, including Carnatic and Hindustani Music, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi, at an art festival being organised by the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS).

“The Festival of Arts 2023 showcases how artists can experiment, push borders and expand horizons and yet be entertaining, pure and soulful,” said Puneet Pushkarna, Chairman of performances and external relations at SIFAS.

“Although steeped in traditional art forms, SIFAS aims to be relevant to the younger generation by finding ways to incorporate different ideas to enhance and uplift their productions,” Pushkarna said.

Featuring independent artists from Singapore, SIFAS teachers, alumni and students, in a 20-piece ensemble unifying instruments of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities called “Kathambam”, presents a multi-genre and multi-ethnic musical concert.

Themed “Kalpana – Exploring the Past, Imagining the Future”, the festival celebrates its illustrious legacy of being the pioneer of Indian Classical Arts in Singapore and its dedicated mission of nurturing young talent by striving to create works that bring new life to the stage for the last 73 years.

On Sunday (April 23), the artists will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall, the city state’s top art performing stage.