Five things to do over the weekend of Feb 1-3

ARTWALK Little India 2019 is coming to a close this weekend, after 16 days of programmes. Join storyteller Kamini Ramachandran in an immersive experience that makes use of scents to draw out memories – both yours and of traditions and stories that stretch far back in time. Or pick up some dance moves at a free Bharatanatyam workshop!

Yajnaseni – The Eternal Flame will be showcased at Esplanade Theatre Studio as well. So join Draupadi, heroine of the Mahabharatam, on her journey to uphold dharma. More details and programmes below:

1. Yajnaseni - The Eternal Flame

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Does your dharma take priority over your emotions?

That is a question that Draupadi, heroine of the Mahabharatam, silently faced. Yajnaseni gives voice to this private, internal struggle, exploring the shades of grey between what is right and what feels wrong; between one's duty and one's feelings.

With Sri Hari Padman (choreographer) and Sri O. S. Arun (music composer) adding their genius, this dance-theatre production by Meera Balasubramanian (Director, KFA) brings to light the heart-wrenching struggles Draupadi went through on her path to uphold dharma.

When: Feb 1-2
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Entry: SGD 35

2. Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop

Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019
Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019

Explore the ‘Sound of Dance’ with Nikita through Bharatanatyam. The workshop is designed to allow participants to experience dance as the source music, rather than as an accompaniment to music. It is suitable for beginners and all age 12 and above. Comfortable clothing is advised for all participants.

When: Feb 2
Where: 37 Campbell Lane
Entry: Free

3. The scent of memories

Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019
Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019

Inspired by Little India’s historical sense of community and gathering together over food, Kamini would like to recreate this experience for audiences. When the storyteller comes and sits at your table, it is time to put away your devices and listen.

When people talk over meals, a flurry of emotions and memories arise. Kamini will bring diners through the history of Little India and the pivotal role of eating, gathering and conversation, especially among migrant communities. Audiences will be treated to a story connected to the spices and ingredients used by the chef for the meal.

When: Feb 1-2
Where: CreatureS
Entry: SGD 50-68

4. Who are the Chetti Melaka?

Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019
Photo courtesy: ARTWALK Little India 2019

The Chetti Melaka community is fast becoming scattered and diluted. Their story is elusive and underexplored. Where are the Chetti Melaka from? Who are they? What is their story? Discover the answers to these questions through this introductory film.

Shot in Singapore and Melaka in documentary style, this film presents the journey of Chetti Melaka youths in search of their roots, and unearths lesser known facets of the Chetti Melaka in Singapore.

When: Feb 1
Where: Indian Heritage Centre
Entry: Free

5. Food trail in Little India

Photo courtesy: Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association
Photo courtesy: Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association

Get to know Little India’s abundance of food variety.

Through this trail, learn about the different cuisines in the Indian culture and explore the various food and beverage outlets in Little India.

When: Feb 2
Where: Little India
Entry: SGD 20

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