The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Below-par festive show


MEDIACORP'S Vasantham Deepavali show on Nov 12 showcased a tiresome array of songs and dances replicated one after the other.

The numbers were rendered only in Tamil, which meant they could be best appreciated only by a Tamil-speaking audience.

There was hardly any variety and viewers like me had to endure the monotony of sitting through the whole programme. The artists and musicians were also clearly below par.

Deepavali is a festival that Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate wherever Indians reside in significant numbers. In Singapore, the festival has become part of the main local culture.

The fact that it is marked a public holiday underscores the multi-ethnic nature of the festival, so it is inappropriate to confine the programme to Tamil.

Consequently, the impression given was that the Deepavali show catered only to Tamil viewers. The show should have showcased traditional Indian art forms as well.

With Vasantham being the channel of choice for the growing Indian community in Singapore, programmes should not only be innovative and entertaining, but should also help to bring cultures closer together.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)