Bollywood stars, handicraft and more at Singapore International Indian Expo

Actress Vidya Balan will be at the expo tomorrow.
Actress Vidya Balan will be at the expo tomorrow.PHOTO: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL INDIAN EXPO 2017

Bollywood actors Vidya Balan and Manoj Bajpayee, as well as Prithika, winner of Super Singer Junior Season 5 , will be among the celebrities set to make an appearance at the Singapore International Indian Expo at Suntec Singapore.

The event, which kicked off yesterday, is in its sixth year and brings together one-stop shopping from India and the region, with a big dose of entertainment.

The celebrity appearances are a huge part of the draw every year and have previously included the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Rana Daggubati and Shriya Saran.

Prithika, who was crowned the winner of the kids' Tamil reality singing competition Super Singer Junior in June, will be at the event tomorrow at 1.30pm for a meet- and-greet session with fans.

At about 5pm, award-winning actress Balan - the star behind films such as thriller Kahaani (2012) and biopic The Dirty Picture (2011) - will make an appearance.

Meanwhile, actors Bajpayee and Neha Sharma, who are also in Singapore for the Singapore South Asian Film Festival, will make an appearance today.

The timing has yet to be finalised, but more information will be made available on www.siiexpo.com.

  • BOOK IT / SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL INDIAN EXPO

    WHERE: Halls 401, 402 and 403, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard

    WHEN: Till Sunday, 10am to 9pm daily

    ADMISSION: Free

    INFO: Go to www.siiexpo.com or call 6223-7782

According to organisers, the objective of the festival "is to showcase the uniqueness of new and innovated Indian consumer products and services and provide visitors with knowledge of the cultures of the different states of India".

Featuring more than 200 exhibitors from India, South-east Asia and beyond, there will be items from handicraft and saris to ayurvedic products and tea on offer.

There are also daily 11am screenings of local film anthology Together Apart from Project Lapis Sagu, which tackles issues that Singaporeans face in living alongside foreigners. This is in addition to performances by dance groups, fashion shows and the Miss/Mrs SIIExpo pageants that will take place over the four days.

The event is hosted by tabla! and Tamil Murasu along with events company De Ideaz.

Last year's edition drew 170 exhibitors and 88,000 visitors.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'See stars at Singapore International Indian Expo'. Print Edition | Subscribe