Five things to do on the weekend of August 19-20

In conjunction with India@70, the High Commission of India in Singapore is proud to present a performance by international sensation Zakir Hussain at Esplanade Concert Hall on Sunday. 

Over the weekend, Esplanade is also featuring composers of dance music Swathi Thirunal and Balamuralikrishna, as well as Singapore duo SHISHA. The Singapore Night Festival is also being held across the Downtown area, featuring a wide array of activities, performances, and art displays. 

1. Zakir Hussain – Masters of Percussion

Photo courtesy: High Commission of India
Photo courtesy: High Commission of India

A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain's consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. He is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement.

Accompanying Maestro Hussain are Anantha Krishnan on Mridangam, Sabir Khan on Sarangi and Navin Sharma on Dholak.

When: Aug 20
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall
Entry: S$50-200

2. Local Tidbeats by SHISHA

Photo courtesy: SHISHA
Photo courtesy: SHISHA

Enjoy the evening with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shamroz Khan and vocalist Sivaranjini Das, together known as SHISHA. They present their popular original compositions in a dynamic collaboration with their musician friends.

Born and bred in Singapore, the duo hails from different musical backgrounds, and have produced two albums and their recent new singles Yetho, Tholaithooram and The Aathichudi Movement have moved the hearts of people.

When: Aug 20
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Entry: Free

3. Rasanubhava – Musical Expressions of Swathi Thirunal and Balamuralikrishna

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

The compositions of Swathi Thirunal and Balamuralikrishna embody the complete and synergistic elements of music and dance.

As composers for dance, their works were a fine balance of rhythm and gait, making the pieces highly danceable. As musicians, their ragas (scales) and lyrics lent themselves so well to abhinaya (expressions), that in the hands of sensitive musicians and soulful dancers, had the ability to move the audience.

When: Aug 19
Where: Esplanade Recital Studio
​Entry: S$18-25

4. Professor Crackitts Light Fantastic Mirror Maze

Photo courtesy: Singapore Science Centre Facebook
Photo courtesy: Singapore Science Centre Facebook

Professor Crackitt’s laboratory is back by popular demand – featuring a life-size labyrinth of mirrors, filled with infinite reflections and endless hallways. 

Enjoy an amazing experience of mind-boggling light and mirror illusions. 

When: Aug 19-20
Where: Singapore Science Centre
Entry: Free-S$12

5. Singapore Night Festival

Photo courtesy: Singapore Night Festival Facebook
Photo courtesy: Singapore Night Festival Facebook

This is the most anticipated festival among art lovers (and also people who live on Instagram) in Singapore, and it's celebrating its 10th anniversary this August. 

This year’s edition will rekindle the romance and beauty of night lights and exhilarating performances, bringing back previous crowd favourites in a refreshing retrospective.

When: Aug 19-20
Where: Downtown area
Entry: Free

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.


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