The 19th edition of Kalaa Utsavam, Singapore’s premier Indian festival of arts, is set to take on a new avatar amidst the unique year that 2020 has been. With the world ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the festival brings with it the hope and positivity that arts and culture represent.
“Amidst an unexpected and sweeping pandemic, we hold on to hope. Here is where I truly believe the arts has the magnitude to build resilience and vigour in difficult times, connect mankind closer to the beauty of nature and reaffirm the positivity of life in all its permutations,” says Rajeswari Ramachandran, Producer, The Esplanade Co Ltd.
Kalaa Utsavam 2020 is inspired by the concept of the Tree of Life, which symbolises new beginnings, positive energy, good health, wisdom and a bright future. The festival turns hybrid this year with a mix of digital and live shows that bring into focus local Indian arts that have shaped Singapore’s cultural and arts scenes in a number of ways.
From November 20-29, Kalaa Utsavam will feature digital programmes which allow audiences to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their homes as well as live shows, that will allow them to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of dance and music.
“While we hope that the vibrance of Singapore’s arts scene will return soon in all its splendour, we are delighted to showcase a festival line-up that includes newly recorded works, archival screenings and live-streamed performances,” says Rajeswari Ramachandran.
Indian arts and culture are set to come alive through Kalaa Utsavam 2020 as the Tree of Life spreads its roots of hope and winds its branches of positivity by highlighting the magic and diversity of Indian performing arts.