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Five things to do over the weekend of Feb 9-10

It feels like the culture scene has got its party on this weekend! Catch amazing dance, music and drama performances by students from the six top universities in Singapore at Tarang Kala 2019. Learn more about Karagam at a workshop organised by LiSHA, or head down to Malay Heritage Centre to try your hand at Batik printing. 

More details and events below: 

1. Tarang 2019 + Afterparty

Photo courtesy: Tarang
Photo courtesy: Tarang

Tarang, the largest inter-university festival for Indian students in Singapore, will conclude with a blast this Sunday. This year is a special one as the festival boasts of its 20th edition. Don't miss out on the fun! 

When: Feb 9-10
Where: Nexus Auditorium
Entry: SGD 20

2. Off Centre by The Necessary Stage

Photo courtesy: The Necessary Stage
Photo courtesy: The Necessary Stage

The Necessary Stage’s critically acclaimed play, Off Centre, returns 26 years after its premiere in 1993. Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Off Centre is a landmark play in the history of Singapore theatre, best remembered for presenting an honest and unflinching look at mental illness and the stigma surrounding it.

When: Feb 8-10
Where: Victoria Theatre Singapore
Entry: SGD 45

3. Swarhythm

Photo courtesy: Esplanade
Photo courtesy: Esplanade

Nawaz Mirajkar and ensemble is a group of talented musicians based in Singapore. While Mirajkar is an accomplished Indian classical musician, he is also constantly inspired by the rich and diverse sounds of traditional and contemporary music that is present in Singapore. Come and witness Swarhythm perform traditional music with a contemporary twist.

When: Feb 10
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Entry: Free

4. Karagam workshop

Photo courtesy: Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA)
Photo courtesy: Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA)

Karagam is used as a prop in the Indian traditional folk-art scene. It is a decorated pot, balanced over the head to perform the “karagam dance”. Also known as karagattam.

Join this workshop to learn about this traditional art form, how it is made and the skills for karagam dance accompanied with the traditional folk music called “parai isai”.

When: Feb 9
Where: Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LiSHA)
Entry: Free

5. Batik community painting

Photo courtesy: Malay Heritage Centre
Photo courtesy: Malay Heritage Centre

The batik painting spree is  happening on the final day of exhibition Of Wax, Dyes and Labour! Get hands-on experience with fabric dye painting on a 2-metre fabric.

Of Wax, Dyes and Labour is an artistic response to Batik. Seven artists of different practices will be paying homage to the traditional art form that is considered obsolete and labour intensive in contemporary times. 

When: Feb 9
Where: Malay Heritage Centre
Entry: Free

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