Singapore’s Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) marks the 6th year of its Culture Fest with a first of its kind digital edition, scheduled to be held from Saturday, 5th September to Sunday, 20th September, 2020.
This year the IHC Culture Fest goes hybrid with an eclectic line up of programmes both online as well as on the ground.
“The festival has grown in terms of content, in terms of participation, the programmes have evolved over the years, and this year especially I have to say that we have taken a digital edition in times of what is happening around the COVID-19 situation. We are putting everything on social media platforms as well as our website, so that more people can get to enjoy what we have to offer,” Bhavani Dass, General Manager of the IHC told Connected to India.
The theme of Culture Fest this year revolves around the diversity, culture and heritage of Indian Arts as seen through the lens of the epic literary work - The Ramayana.
For a little over two weeks, audiences will be spoilt for choice with a varied and dynamic daily line-up of cultural performances, interactive workshops, story-telling sessions, cooking demonstrations and art installations.
These include a wide variety of dance performances that will set your feet tapping, digital cooking demonstrations to tantalise your tastebuds as well as activities and workshops for children and families to participate in.
The digital launch on September 5 will be marked by a dance production titled Sita, based on Raja Ravi Varma’s Ramayana paintings brought to life by NHB’s Intangible Cultural Heritage award recipients, Apsaras Arts.
Audiences can also look forward to an online dance drama by the Maya Dance Theatre showcasing the shared heritage of the Ramayana through the cross-cultural artistic journeys of 7 Singaporeans.
There will also be a youth showcase of Ramayana in a contemporary context through traditional martial arts as well as dance forms and mouth-watering demonstrations on cooking by Chef Devagi Sanmugam.
Amongst the on-ground activities there are also workshops on writing an epic, drawing and painting, puppetry, an interactive Madhubani art wall as well as curator tours at the Indian Heritage Centre.
Surpanagai Koothu by AKT Productions and more culinary delights by chefs Devagi Shanmugam and Indra Iswaran are sure to get the audiences excited for IHC's Culture Fest 2020.
A cultural union of traditional Indian art forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kalaripayattu, Silambattam, Yoga and music will be on display in 'Ramayana in the Limelight' at the IHC Culture Fest 2020.
Digital host Sajini Naidu anchors Culture Fest 2020 and helps to tie together the offerings into a unified bouquet, taking the audience on a learning journey.