Kalaa Utsavam


Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts is an annual festival that celebrates Indian arts during the festive period of Deepavali.​

Launched in 2002 as a three-day festival, Kalaa Utsavam has since grown into a 10-day festival that presents a spectrum of classical to contemporary works by artists from the Indian subcontinent, the Indian diaspora and Singapore. Artists from Singapore and across the world converge for the cultural festival, which celebrates the different forms of traditional and contemporary art from India.​

Connected to India keeps you updated with news on the performances, events, as well as feature interviews through its coverage of Kalaa Utsavam every year.

The show goes on at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay with special offstage programmes

Every Friday, Esplanade will release never-before-seen footage of a performance from its archives as part of The Show Goes On…Line series.


In Pics: KU2019 concludes with a bang, featuring Amit Trivedi and Agam

As Kalaa Utsavam 2019 draws to a close, we are already excited about what the next edition will bring!

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In Pics: Kerala indie band When Chai Met Toast performs first international show in Singapore

Indie pop-folk band When Chai Met Toast brought their energetic live show to Singapore, at Esplanade's Kalaa Utsavam 2019.

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AGAM with Kaushiki: a masterstroke

A memorable musical experience when progressive carnatic rock group AGAM performed with the classical hindustani singer Kaushiki Chakraborty...


Five things to do in Singapore over the weekend of November 22-24

Connected to India highlights some free programmes you wouldn't want to miss at Kalaa Utsavam this weekend.

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In Pics: A delightful Indian arts feast at the first weekend of Kalaa Utsavam 2019

In case you missed the first half of Kalaa Utsavam 2019, here are some highlights.

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Energy and excitement of Indian fans abroad pumps me up, says Amit Trivedi

Connected to India speaks to popular Bollywood music composer, songwriter and singer Amit Trivedi about participating in Kalaa Utsavam 2019.

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Get set for an adventure with the King of Elephants Airavata at Kalaa Utsavam 2019

In Kalaa Utsavam 2019, Esplanade presents an engaging kids theatre piece Airavata and his Mammoth Tasks that is set to take both children...


11 member band to launch debut album Swarhythm at Kalaa Utsavam

As part of Kalaa Utsavam 2019, Swarhythm will be launching their first recorded album – titled Swarhythm – at the Esplanade. Connected...

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Marabu: Tracking Indian roots in Southeast Asia

In a special interview with Connected to India, Santha Bhaskar shares some insights from her creative process, her thoughts on traditional...

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Your one-stop video guide for Kalaa Utsavam 2019

As Esplanade’s official media partner for Kalaa Utsavam 2019, Connected to India presents this one-stop video guide to help you plan your...

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Band Walle feat Palwinder Singh to rock Kalaa Utsavam 2019

Watch our exclusive interview with The Band Walle and Palwinder Singh, in which they gave a sneak preview of what to expect when they...

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Watch special panel: 18-years of Kalaa Utsavam and beyond

In a special discussion with stalwarts of Singapore’s performing arts scene, Connected to India’s co-founder and Content Head, Punam...

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Swarhythm: A musical collaboration of melodies and rhythms

Founded and launched by tabla artist Nawaz Mirajkar, the Swarhythm Ensemble is a multi-ethnic group of talented local musicians.

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Kalaa Utsavam 2019: Amit Trivedi to bring Bollywood fever to Singapore

One of the most popular and in-demand music composers in Bollywood, Trivedi will make his Singapore debut at Kalaa Utsavam 2019.

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Marabu - The First Ripple: Tracing the legacy of the Indian community in Southeast Asia

The series intends to capture pertinent moments of the Singapore Indian community and their shared history with other communities.

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Free events and shows you wouldn't want to miss at Kalaa Utsavam 2019

From shadow theatres, block printing workshops to Kathakali performances, Kalaa Utsavam 2019 presents an exciting series of free programmes...

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The Threshold: A musical conversation that explores the issue of gender

A musical conversation presented by Pallavi and Bindhumalini, The Threshold explores the issue of gender and its lived experiences through...

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Classical art forms need to breathe the air of today: Aditi Mangaldas

Returning to Kalaa Utsavam for the fourth time, dance maverick Aditi Mangaldas brings to the festival Inter_rupted, which explores the body...

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Carnatic rockers AGAM team up with hindustani classical vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty

The special performance has been conceptualised by award-winning producer Sai Shravanam.

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Aditi Mangaldas explores the human body through Inter_rupted

Inter_rupted is an exploration of the human body, its fragility, disintegration, resilience, vulnerability, inevitability and renewal.

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Kalaa Utsavam 2019: Preethi Athreya’s The Lost Wax Project

The Lost Wax Project by Preethi Athreya seeks to portray that the body does not move into space and time, rather it creates space and time.

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The Band Walle and Palwinder bring the flavour of desi music to Singapore

Having made their debut at Kalaa Utsavam last year, The Band Walle is back to set the stage alive with a special performance with...

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Kalaa Utsavam 2019 at a glance

The annual Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts is back November 15 to 24 this year, and will be held across ten days at the Esplanade.

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Singapore gears up for a cultural feast with Kalaa Utsavam 2019

It’s that time of the year again for folks in Singapore to enjoy an explosion of arts with Kalaa Utsavam, the Indian Festival of Arts.

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