TALKING DRUMS OF KERALA TALKING DRUMS OF KERALA
by various artists [India and Singapore]

12 Nov (Fri)
7.30 – 8pm
8.30 – 9pm
9.30 – 10pm
Esplanade Oudoor Theatre

The southern Indian state of Kerala has two forms of traditional music – “Sopanam” and “Panchavadyam” music. Rooted in South India’s Carnatic musical tradition, incorporating Kerala’s folk music and developed in temples, sopanam music is simple, rustic and joyous, evoking a devotee’s ascension to heights of devotion.
 
Also steeped in South Indian and Keralan folk traditions and an integral part of Keralan temple festivities, panchavadyam music (“pancha” means “five”,“vadyam” means “music of instruments”) is the vibrant music of five instruments – the edakka, shudha madhalam and timila drums, kombu trumpet and elathalam cymbals.
 
This November, experience the joyful rhythms of Kerala’s panchavadyam music when Kalaa Utsavaam 2010 opens with Talking Drums of Kerala – featuring instruments such as the chenda, edakka, sudha madhalam, timila, mridangam, ghatam and ganjira, and a performance of Kalarippayattu, a unique martial arts dance form.
 
Creative direction: Aravinth Kumarasamy, Apsaras Arts, Singapore
Music arrangement: Ramesh Babu
Dance choreography: T Palani

FUSION BEATS

FUSION BEATS
by Swarathma, Rudra, La Pongal and Yodhakaa [India, Singapore]

Swarathma - 13 & 14 Nov, Sat & Sun
7.30 – 8.15pm
8.45 – 9.30pm
10 – 10.45pm (Sat only)

Rudra - 16 & 17 Nov, Tue & Wed
7.30 – 8.15pm
8.45 – 9.30pm
10 – 10.45pm

La Pongal & Yodhakaa - 19 – 21 Nov, Fri – Sun
7.30 – 8.15pm
8.45 – 9.30pm
10 – 10.45pm (Fri & Sat only)
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Fusion Beats brings you some of the freshest sounds and beats, blending deep-rooted tradition with modern creative approaches to create music beyond boundaries of time and culture.
 
Over two weekends, experience the new music of exciting fusion bands – Swarathma, Rudra, La Pongal and Yodhakaa.
 
Swarathma is the sound of today's India - rooted in Indian values and tradition, yet also incorporating diverse, contemporary, multicultural influences from Trilok Gurtu and Indian Ocean to Jimi Hendrix and Phish. Hear the young band from Bangalore deliver rousing, free-spirited contemporary Indian folk-rock with elements of Carnatic music, Woodstock, rock, jazz and electronica.
 
The first extreme metal band in the world to create a new genre called “Vedic Metal”, Rudra plays a sonorous, mystical, transcendental metal music. Infusing Indian ethnic instrumentation, Sanskrit chants and mantras and Vedic philosophy through five acclaimed albums, Rudra has made waves in the international scene. Of the Singaporean band named after the Indian god of destruction, critics say: “the music of these guys is absolute brilliant” (Voice from the Darkside Magazine, Germany), “RUDRA are demanding the metal community's attention. They've certainly got mine.” (Maximum Metal, USA), and “Nobody else is doing this, or doing it this well” (Royal Carnage, USA).
 
La Pongal is a gifted Chennai-based band whose music is best described as “contemporary-Tamil-electro-folk-music”. Whatever you choose to call it, La Pongal’s music will blow you away with its stunning blend of liquid jazz, latin rhythms, Carnatic music, electronic programming and contemporary folk with tasteful slide guitar and bass riffs, full-throated vocals, exciting international flavor and gorgeous songwriting.
 
From deep, slow-burning, soulful ballads to funky, bass-driven groove to percussive music you can’t help but dance to, Yodhakaa plays contemporary, richly-textured music with indigenous Indian elements and world influences from jazz and blues to traditional Carnatic music, Nigerian street drumming to the Algerian rai, Cuban son to the Bahian samba-cancsao, South-American merengue to Senegal’s wolof and more.
 
These are four truly fantastic bands. Don’t miss them!

TUNE IN WITH US AMUTHA GHAANAM - TUNE IN WITH US
by Mohamed Bashir, Mohamed Noor, Radha Vijayan, Sesatre

12 Nov (Fri)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Tune In With Us as we take you on a journey from Indian classical music to Tamil and Hindi movie songs. Enjoy the melodious north Indian bamboo flute, bansuri blending with the piano and guitar along with the tabla!

MOVIE MELODIES MOVIE MELODIES
by Mohamed Bashir, Mohamed Noor, Pravin Saivi, Erfunullah (on Sat) & Mumtaz (on Sun)

13 & 14 Nov, (Sat & Sun)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Home grown talents, brothers Mohamed Bashir and Mohamed Noor with Vasantham star singers will present a selection of Tamil and Hindi movie songs from the 80s to current.

VEENA VENU VIOLIN VEENA VENU VIOLIN
by Kavitha Jayaraman, Govind, Srividya Sriram & Balasubramaniam

15 Nov (Mon)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

The veena has a recorded history that dates back to the Vedic period (approximately 1500 B.C.E.). The word veena was originally used to denote stringed instrument and included many variations that would be plucked, bowed or struck for sound.

The venu is a bamboo transverse flute used in the carnatic music of south India. Although it is often called carnatic flute, venu is the instrument's Sanskrit name.

The South Indian violin is identical to the Western violin but it differs in tuning and playing position. The violin may be traced back to carnatic music to 1764 as documented in a painting located in the palace of Tippu Sultan in Srirangapatnam, Mysore in South India. Balaswami Dikshitar, brother of famous composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar, was the first Indian musician to adapt the Western violin and popularize its use in carnatic music.

The violin veena venu as a combination was introduced by the legendary composer and violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman. The artists come together and prove that the symphony concept could be deftly, cleverly and harmoniously applied in carnatic music – taking into consideration that carnatic music allows artists a large scope for innovation, individual imagination and kalpana.

Balasubramaniam, student of T R Sundaresan, will accompany the artists on the mridangam.

GEETHA GOVINDAM GEETHA GOVINDAM
by Pandit Asuri Maheshwar Rao, Ghanavenothan Retnam & Jitendra Kumar Swain

16 Nov (Tue)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Immerse in the music of the Gita Govinda a musical compendium by the renowned 12th century poet Jayadeva. The music is very typical of the south-eastern region of India in particular, the state of Orissa. 

The Gita Govinda, is the most popular composition of Jayadeva. It is a lyrical poetry that is organized into twelve chapters, depicting Krishna in his various moods, emotions and actions.

The artistes will also present some bhajans (devotional songs) in the hindustani music also known as north Indian classical music.

Jitendra Kumar will provide accompaniment on the pakhawaj, an Indian barrel-shaped, two-headed drum, and the north Indian equivalent to the southern mridangam.

INDIAN RHYTHM EXTRAVAGANZA INDIAN RHYTHM EXTRAVAGANZA
by Kavitha Jayaraman, Govind, Srividya Sriram & Balasubramaniam

17 Nov (Wed)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Several Indian rhythmic instruments playing singly and in unison with a crescendo climax. The group will be led by SIFAS Rhythm maestro T R Sundaresan.

Artists
V Devarajan
Ganesh Jayabal
S Krishnan
Mahesh Parameswaran
Mihir Kundu
Muthu Subramaniam
Pallavarajan
Sai Akileshwar
Rajaram Iyer
T R Sundaresan


KALPANNA II KALPANNA II
by Lazar, Tze & Krishnakumar

18 & 19 Nov, (Thurs & Fri)
7.15 & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

Kalpana returns to explore the intersection between Western and Indian music, drawing from influences as diverse as film score, jazz and European classical music. The trio featuring Lazar on violin, Tze on piano and Krishnakumar on percussion, create new sound-scapes and textures through original compositions, re-arrangements of traditional Indian folk songs, and improvisations. Listen to traditional ragas (scales) come alive with colours of western harmony and language of bebop.

SUKH SANGEET SUKH SANGEET
by Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

20 Nov (Sat)
5.15, 6.51 & 7.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

A hindustani (north Indian classical) vocal concert by Sonali Biswas, with harmonium and tabla accompanists. Sonali will sing a repertoire consisting of classical as well as light hindustani comopsitions.

Featuring:
Sonali Sinha Biswas – vocal
Amit Dhamelia - harmonium
Mihir Kundu - tabla
Priyanka Kunte - tampura

FOLK TUNES AMUTHA GHAANAM - FOLK TUNES
by Anthony Dassan and Santhosh

21 Nov (Sun)
5.15, 6.51 & 7.15pm
Esplanade Concourse

This special presentation brings the audience into the world of Tamil folk music, from its evolution to its recent development. Folk singer Anthony will perform songs that tell stories, and relate historic events.

Anthony Dhaasan is a folk singer from Thanjavur, India, who has been performing since childhood. The selection of songs will cover a range of folk forms from Tamil Nadu like Kuravan Kurathi (village dance), Karagattam (where dancers balance clay/metal pots on their heads), Kaavadiaattam (performed by men in reverence of Lord Murugan), Mayilaattam (peacock dance), Oyilaattam( “Dance of Grace” from Madurai), Poikaal Kudhirai Aattaam (“Dummy Horse” dance), Puliaattam (tiger dance), Thappaattam (ancient rural folk art popular among the surpressed Dalits classes), Silambaattam (dance which praises all female deities, especially Goddess Kali or Durga), Kummi Aattam (performed by women who clap rhythmically), Kolaattam (ancient village art, performed by women with two sticks in hand) and more. To sum it all up, it will be a mini-musical about Tamil folk music.

Anthony will be accompanied by Santhosh on the keyboard.

AMUTHA GHAANAM AMUTHA GHAANAM
Enjoy soothing musical performances every evening throughout Kalaa Utsavam.
12 - 21 Nov (Fri – Sun)
7.15pm & 8.15pm
Esplanade Concourse


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KATHAKALI - A SACRED DANCE-THEATRE REVEALED

by Shanta Rati featuring Kalamandalam Ratheesan
17 Nov, Wed
library@esplanade
2pm to 3.30pm


[Cancelled]
THE HEROINES OF RAMAYANA - A DANCE EXPLORATION

by Mythili Prakash
17 Nov, Wed
library@esplanade
4pm to 5.30pm




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