Festival of Indian Arts at Singapore’s Theatres on the Bay

When we were in Singapore they were running the annual 10-day ‘Indian Festival of the Arts’ at the Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay. This coincided with the Indian holiday of Deepavali in November, but there are many other festivals held during the year that celebrate Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage.

Some of the free events for November 2014 included shadow puppets, fusion beats, Bollywood dancing, musical performances, film, fashion, story-telling and food. (http://www.kalaautsavam.com/2014/free-programmes-2/)

Here is a small sampling of the artworks and performances from our trip in 2011.

Outside the building were artworks of sand, holi powder and designs.
Singapore Esplanade's Annual Indian Festival of Arts Singapore Esplanade's Annual Indian Festival of ArtsThe interior spaces were full of translucent coloured paper decorated with patterns similar to the henna designs drawn on the hands and feet of Indian women, positioned overhead to take advantage of the natural light streaming in.
Singapore Esplanade's Annual Indian Festival of Arts Singapore Esplanade's Annual Indian Festival of Arts Singapore Esplanade's Annual Indian Festival of Arts The concourse had sculptures formed with arrays of coloured string. I notice that 2014’s show also featured stringed sculptures. From their website: “Coloured Strings : Revision of the Optics employs colour and the vibration of bells to reference an ancient spiritual practice associated to healing and wellbeing.”
Web of Life String Artwork in the Concourse of Singapore's Esplanade In a free performance on a warm Singapore evening, we watched as Vishnu danced while his extremely well-dressed ‘gopis’ (milkmaids) fluttered around him.
Free Performance at the Esplanade in Singapore of Vishnu and his Milkmaids Dancing Free Performance at the Esplanade in Singapore Vishnu and his Milkmaids DanceAn index of performances and events at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, is available at : http://www.esplanade.com/index.jsp
The Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay in Singapore, aka the 'Durians'.From my Albatz Travel Blog, a look at the interesting architecture of the exterior of the building: http://elizabatz.com/2014/11/21/weekly-photo-challenge-angular-durian/

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