Arts picks: Entang Wiharso, John Williams Extravaganza, Public Enemy, Shankar Mahadevan


Internationally renowned Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso's solo Never Say No opens at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute tomorrow. One of the most established contemporary artists in Indonesia, he is presenting original, explorative works created in collaboration with the STPI workshop team. His provocative works address issues of power, love and loss and are an intense exploration of the human condition. He delivers personal reflections and social critiques by integrating Javanese narrative tools of wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) with contemporary materials. He incorporates several unconventional materials, including balloons, yarn, wires and nails, in the print-and paper-making process.

Where: STPI, 41 Robertson Quay MRT: Clarke Quay When: Tomorrow - May 30, Mon - Fri, 10am - 7pm Admission: Free Tel: 6336-3663 Info:


Following its hugely popular concert last season, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents more by film composer Entang Wiharso. At 82, he is still composing and thrilling audiences with his multiple-award-winning movie scores. This concert will include music from Star Wars (1977) and the Harry Potter movies. The orchestra performs under the baton of associate conductor Jason Lai .

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Tonight, 7.30pm Admission: $20 - $78 Info: Go to or call 6348-5555


Public Enemy, a Wild Rice production starring Lim Kay Siu and Ivan Heng, is based on Norwegian theatre pioneer Henrik Ibsen's Enemy Of The People, which has drawn the attention of acclaimed artists such as Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray. Part of its universal appeal is because it addresses issues including freedom of speech and expression. Directed by Glen Goei, Public Enemy follows the declining fortunes of a doctor. In a city that is preparing to market itself as a world-class resort spa, Dr Thomas Chee (Heng) discovers that the water supply is contaminated. He decides to go public with the information and finds himself the enemy of the people - a man insisting on telling the truth no one wants to hear.

Where: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall When: Till tomorrow, 8pm (today), 3 & 8pm (tomorrow) Admission: $45 Info: Go to or call 6348-5555


Popular Indian singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan will be performing at the Esplanade for the opening of the National Heritage Board's newest heritage institution, the Indian Heritage Centre. This curtain-raiser kicks off the centre's inaugural CultureFest.

Award-winning Mahadevan will premiere his original piece, Kaleidoscope: Musical Heritage Of India. Through a range of music forms, the show promises to present India's diverse music traditions. Expect to hear traditional classical Carnatic, Hindustani and folk music interspersed with jazz and rock elements.

Mahadevan grew up studying classical music and playing the veena, a type of lute, in a Mumbai suburb, but went on to become a software engineer. His risk to return to music paid off and his songs from iconic Bollywood blockbusters such as Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) have become global hits.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: May 2, 7.30pm Admission: $40 - $160 Info: Go to or call 6348-5555

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