Other festival highlights

Krishnattam (above).
Krishnattam (above).PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY
Eka Aneka (above).
Eka Aneka (above).PHOTO: AGNIESZKA RAGAZZINI
The cast of The Good, The Bad And The Sholay, a play capturing the joys and sorrows of growing up against the backdrop of 1975 Bollywood classic Sholay.
The cast of The Good, The Bad And The Sholay, a play capturing the joys and sorrows of growing up against the backdrop of 1975 Bollywood classic Sholay.PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

KRISHNATTAM

Dating back to 17th-century northern Kerala, Krishnattam is an all-male temple dance drama that tells the story of Lord Krishna. These days, it is performed only at the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the town of Guruvayoor.

With its intricate costumes and make-up, this one-hour show by Krishnattam Kalanilayam of Guruvayoor Devaswom is a highly stylised combination of dance and theatre not to be missed.

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

When: Nov 20 to 22, 7.30 and 9pm (Friday and Saturday), 7 and 8.30pm (Sunday)

Admission: Free


EKA ANEKA

Hindus believe that the universe and the human soul are extensions of Eka Brahman, the Supreme Spirit. From "eka" (one) comes "aneka" (many). Through classical Indian dance forms such as bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi, this production, conceptualised by Gayatri Sriram with artistic direction by Minal Prabhu, delves into the concept of the infinite.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

When: Nov 21 and 22, 5pm.

Admission: $28 from Sistic


  • BOOK IT / KALAA UTSAVAM 2015

    WHERE: Various venues at the Esplanade

    WHEN: Nov 20 to 29

    ADMISSION: $15 to $45 from Sistic

TAMIL RADIO IN SINGAPORE

Join noted scholar Arun Mahizhnan as he discusses the history of Tamil radio and broadcasting in Singapore and its influence in shaping the development of the language. He will be joined by Cultural Medallion recipient and author P. Krishnan and broadcasting pioneer E.S.J. Chandran.

Where: library@esplanade

When: Nov 21, 6pm

Admission: Free


FUSION BEATS: RAGHAJAZZ

Local jazz fusion band Raghajazz teams up with contemporary string quartet Viva Strings to present a heady mix of Indian ragas and jazz. Formed in 2009, Raghajazz features Ragha (from Singapore, on bansuri), Rachma (from Indonesia, on piano), Jase (from Singapore, on bass), Jit (from Malaysia, on drums) and Kumaran (from Malaysia, on tabla).

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

When: Nov 26, 7.30 and 8.45pm

Admission: Free


HANUMAN: THE TALE BEHIND THE NAME

Through tales filled with courage and mischief, children can learn about the monkey god Hanuman. This festival commission, scripted by story-teller Kamini Ramachandran, promises to take young ones into a world of adventure with stories, dance and music. Suitable for children aged between four and eight.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

When: Nov 28, 11am, 2 and 5pm

Admission: $18; $15 a ticket for a family of at least four, from Sistic


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SHOLAY

This play by Singapore's Checkpoint Theatre received three nominations at The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards in 2011, when it premiered at the NUS Arts Festival.

The 1975 Bollywood classic Sholay, with its thrilling exploits of outlaw heroes and high-stakes emotion, provides the backdrop for protagonist Raghav's journey from boyhood in the small Indian city of Ambala to the bright lights of Singapore.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

When: Nov 26 to 29, 8pm (Thursday to Saturday), 3pm (Sunday)

Admission: $30from Sistic


DEKHA APNE AAP KO: I SAW MYSELF

Film-maker Shabnam Virmani and writer-translator Vipul Rikhi perform with acclaimed Sufi and devotional vocalist Mir Mukhtiyar Ali to pay tribute to the literature of 15th-century Indian mystic poet Kabir.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

When: Nov 29, 5pm

Admission: $28 from Sistic

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2015, with the headline 'Other festival highlights'. Print Edition | Subscribe