Kalaa Utsavam


Kalaa Utsavam is the Indian Festival of Arts held for 10 days during the festival of Diwali. Artists from Singapore and across the world converge for the cultural festival, which celebrates the different forms of traditional and contemporary dance forms of India. The 2017 festival to be held in Esplanade, Singapore will feature Hanuman’s Ramayana and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream amongst other productions.

Connected to India brings to you the stories, dances and news of Kalaa Utsavam here. 

Five things to do over the weekend of November 23-25

Join us this weekend for the rest of the Kalaa Utsavam 2018 performances.

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Malayali rock band Avial ready to light a spark in Singapore, says Rex Vijayan

The pathfinders of Malayali rock, Avial, seem to have a fated connection with the Lion City. They will play their first Singapore gig during...

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Sharul enthrals in all Superwomen avatars

Two things came to my mind and a wish slipped out as I saw Sharul in and as Disco Sheela and other superwomen. She is a powerhouse...

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Niladri Kumar: Jolly good fellow, musician par excellence

Performing at Kalaa Utsavam 2018, Niladari Kumar mesmerised the audiences in Esplanade's Concert Hall with effortless fast-moving, agile and...

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IN PICS: Kalaa Utsavam puts up spellbinding performances over the weekend of Nov 16-18

Too caught up over the weekend to attend Kalaa Utsavam 2018? Feast your eyes on some of the spellbinding moments here!


Five things to do over the weekend of November 16-18

Kalaa Utsavam 2018 starts this weekend, and you must be just as excited as we are!


Parasurama: Between duty and righteousness

Parasurama was a man of principles who stood by his beliefs, despite facing some of the toughest decisions any mortal could make.

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Leela Samson: River of life must be navigated to touch new shores

Singaporeans are going to enjoy the magnificence of the Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam during the Kalaa Utsavam performed by none other...

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Kalaa Utsavam: ‘Bali’ explores varied layers of right and wrong

Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the various events that led up to the battle between Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha and Ram, the King of...

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Kalaa Utsavam: Rhythmic flow of life captured through Bharatanatyam

The presentation Nadi (River) by the renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Leela Samson and her troupe during Kalaa Utsavam seeks to explore the...

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Handy video guide to Kalaa Utsavam 2018

Connected to India's video guide to Kalaa Utsavam 2018 highlighting the most exciting and innovative events and programmes of the upcoming...

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Kalaa Utsavam: Akshayambara to showcase saga of gender dynamics and power in society

Connoisseurs of Indian art in Singapore are in for a cultural treat at Kalaa Utsavam - Festival of the Arts where experimental show...

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Sharul Channa returns as superwoman in Kalaa Utsavam 2018

Connected to India’s Punam Sharrma had the pleasure of sitting down with both Sharul Channa and Kumarason Chinnadurai for a light-hearted...

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Vasantham celebrates 10 years with special show Nenjukulle at Kalaa Utsavam

Take a trip down memory lane with Vasantham LIVE Nenjukulle, featuring an evening of local songs by Singapore’s Tamil music talents.

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Kalaa Utsavam: Booster for Singapore's performing artists

Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts has cemented its spot on the Singapore culture circuit's calendar with its increasing popularity....

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Kalaa Utsavam 2018 Festival Guide | From Music to Martial Arts, something for everyone in the Kalaa Utsavam

Check out the Kalaa Utsavam 2018 festival guide. At this year's Kalaa Utsavam, Singaporeans will get to see the maverick Niladri Kumar,...

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Spellbinding Anjaneyam!

Anjaneyam, Hanuman’s version of Ramayana was staged in the most spectacular fashion, a show conceptualised by Singapore’s dance company...


The Craft of Art

The ten day annual feast of Indian culture in Singapore- 'Kalaa Utsavam' came to an end on Sunday. Connected to India asked leading artists...

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Five things to do at Kalaa Utsavam in Singapore over the weekend of Nov 25-26

It’s all happening at the Esplanade this weekend, with the Kalaa Utsavam 2017 – Indian Festival of Arts, set for a climactic conclusion...


Behind the Curtain at Kalaa Utsavam

What does it take for a festival like Kalaa Utsavam to happen? How does one plan for a ten day festival that this year has about 200 artists...

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A Rajasthani Oasis in Singapore

Manganiyar performers- Bhungar Khan and his company transported the charismatic energy of folk music from the desert regions of western...

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Upping the Tempo at Kalaa Utsavam

The evening begins with Mohamed Noor’s sprightly long fingers tapping the handpan. A gorgeous hypnotic sound begins to fill the space. It...

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Kalaa Utsavam: Events to look out for this week

Singapore’s biggest cultural festival, Kalaa Utsavam which kick-started last week, has been offering an assortment of events and...

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In Pics: Koodiyattam - India’s Oldest Living Theatre Tradition in Singapore

Koodiyattam is the oldest living theatre tradition of India. It is believed to be 2,000 years old and is the only surviving Sanskrit theatre...

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Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: Connecting Roots, Preserving Culture

Grammy award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with his self created Mohan veena, Pandit Daya Shankar with shehnai, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya...

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