Especially created for Kalaa Utsavam 2019 as part of Singapore's bicentennial celebrations, Marabu - The First Ripple sees veteran artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar teaming up with co-choreographer Ajith Bhaskar and theatre director G Selva.
Presented as the first part of a trilogy, the dance-theatre production traces the passage and legacy of the Indian community in the Southeast Asian region from India to the Malay peninsula, set in the zenith of the Srivijayan empire. “The story of our ancestors and their culture, and where we came from are the inspirations behind Marabu,” says Bhaskar.
The historic fiction revolves around the protagonist - a peasant - and his journey through the Chola invasion, that eventually leads to the construction of the Bhujanga Valley temples. The series intends to capture pertinent moments of the Singapore Indian community and their shared history with other communities.
Marabu – The First Ripple will feature performers from Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Suvarna Fine Arts (Malaysia), Avant Theatre and Gamelan Singamurti.
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Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio
When: 15 November, 2019 at 8.00 pm
16 November, 2019 at 8.00 pm
17 November, 2019 at 3.00 pm
Entry: SGD 30