PROGRAMMES @ ESPLANADE
The SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music, Dance & Arts 2019 brings accomplished artists from around the world to Singapore. Established in 2003, this annual Festival celebrates classical Indian music and dance.The Festival grew after the collaboration with Esplanade since 2005.
This year is its 17th edition and the SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music, Dance & Arts 2019 presents accomplished artistes from India, an original Dance Musical production and Carnatic Ensemble Concert.
A tribute to the 70th Anniversary of SIFAS, SAPTADVIKA is a unique Classical Carnatic concert showcasing original compositions embodied by the theme of the number 7 with an ensemble led by the Gurus of SIFAS, featuring alumni and multi-ethnic local artistes. The universality of Classical Indian music is captured in the blending of traditional Indian, Chinese, Malay and Western musical instruments with compositions weaved around the number 7 or its multiple based ragasand thalas in a variety of flavours and colours.
Conceptualised and conducted by SIFAS Guru Tripunithura Sreekanth and Chaitanya Kumar, they are joined by the following repertoire of artistes:
Nishanth Thiagarajan (Vocal)
SIFAS Guru Chaitanya Kumar (Flute)
Surup Thatachar (Violin)
Archana Kumaraswamy (Veena)
Muthu Subramaniam (Mridangam)
G Lakshmanan (Tabla)
Tony Makarome (Morsing & Konnakol)
Timothy O’Dwyer (Saxaphone)
Cheryl Ong (Chinese Drums)
Riduan Zalani (Malay Drums)
Mahesh Parameswaran (Ghatam)
Hindustani Vocal Masterclass
with Pt. Rajan Sajan Misra
Friday, 5 April 2019 . 7-9 pm
PGP Function Hall, Perumal Temple
$20- member | $25- non-member
Hindustani classical music is the traditional music of northern regions of the Indian subcontinent. Its origins date from the 12th century. Hindustani music places more emphasis on improvisation and exploring all aspects of a raga.
As a mark of celebrating rich tradition of Indian Classical Music, in this program SIFAS features Padmabhushans Pandits Rajan & Sajan Misra, one of the top-most Vocal Duo today with a distinguished lineage. Well known for their serene music, they will share the stage with highly accomplished musicians of their generation, Maestro Pandit Kumar Bose on Tabla and Pandit Dharamnath Misra on Harmonium.
This theatrical dance production brings together 4 major Indian dance schools and 1 long-time troupe, each with its own rich and vibrant history: SIFAS (1949), Bhaskar’s Arts (1952), Apsara Arts (1977), Temple of Fine Arts (1981) and Bharathaa Arts (1999). Presented from the spectator’s perspective, the show illustrates the beginnings, evolution and future prospects of Classical Indian dance through 5 distinctive acts which showcase a variety of Indian dance genres using anecdotal narratives; cutting edge technology through lighting design and animation; archival images of historic moments, places and people; and a live orchestra performing iconic historic music combined with original compositions-- all of which embody SIFAS’s main philosophy – Art Characterises Civilisation.
Aimed with the purpose of cultivating the arts in Singapore, this never- before-seen production promises to entertain and educate our Singapore audience on the legacy of Indian classical dance and encourages them to preserve and participate in this art form. This production also serves as an opportunity to recognise and pay homage to the pioneers, inspirational legends, devoted families and passionate leaders of the classical Arts.
Vidhya Nair (Producer, Story, Concept, Script & Research)
Aravinth Kumarasamy (Story, Concept & Artistic Director)
Anjana Anand (Choreography Supervision and Rehearsal Master)
Sai Kripa (Guest Choreography)
SIFAS Gurus Vikas, Geethanadhan and Bharatanatyam team (Choreography)
SIFAS Gurus Afsar Khan, Niveditha and Kathak team (Choreography)
Gyan Dev Singh (Lighting & Set Design)
SIFAS Guru Rajesh Paravoor (Set Paintings)
Ganesh Jayabal | Kalaa Connection (Sound Design & Production/Stage Management)
Saleem Hadi | Singapore Indian Theatre & Film Explorers (SITFE) (Director, Script Writer and Acting Coach)
Mohanapriyan Thavarajah (Costume Design)
Carnatic music is a system of music commonly associated with Southern India. Although there are stylistic differences between schools, the basic elements of Sruthi (the relative musical pitch), Swara (the musical sound of a single note), Raga (combination of notes in a melodic form), and Tala (the rhythmic cycles) form the foundation of improvisation and composition in Carnatic music. The music provides ample scope for improvisation and on-stage “extempore” creation.
As a mark of taking Indian Classical Music into the futuristic realm, in this program SIFAS features the young Maestro Abhishek Raghuram, a torch-bearer of the traditional form of this music with a contemporary touch and a gaze into the future. Well known for his on-stage creativity, he will share stage with other highly accomplished musicians of his generation Akkarai Subhalakshmi on Violin, Anantha R Krishnan on Mridangam and Vazhappally Krishnakumar on Ghatam.