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 head of content Punam Sharrma takes stock of the festival’s nearly two decade-long existence. Front runners of Singapore's performing arts scene Dr Uma Rajan; Aravinth Kumarasamy, Creative & Managing Director of Apsaras Arts; Renu Suresh, local musician and composer; and Vidhya Nair, President of Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) formed the panel. 

“Kalaa Utsavam is an absolutely beautiful platform,” said Dr Rajan, one of the 12 founding charter members of the National Arts Council (NAC) as the esteemed panel discussed Kalaa Utsavam’s humble beginnings as a three-day festival in 2002 to one that now spans ten days.

Watch the panel discussion below as the speakers discuss the achievements that the festival has made in the last 18 years, the opportunities it has provided Singapore’s local talent with, and how it has brought international performers to the country.


Punam Sharrma
Punam Sharrma – Head of Content

Punam is an accomplished Broadcast Professional with over 21 years of hands-on experience in anchoring news and sports-based programs. A Chevening Scholar at Cardiff University, she worked as an Editor, Anchor and Producer for organisations like ESPN, TV Today and India Today. Recognised as the first Indian female news anchor for international sports broadcaster at ESPN. Out of box thinker with innovative programming initiatives that led to winning of prestigious awards.


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