Deepika Shetty Arts Correspondent recommends

Arts Picks: After The Rain, Choying Dromla Rebuilding With Love World Tour and more

The late Singapore ink artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Ek Kay (above) and his painting, After The Rain.
The late Singapore ink artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Ek Kay (above) and his painting, After The Rain.PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY, RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA


This is a look at the two-decade-long practice of the late Singapore ink artist Chua Ek Kay (1947-2008).

The 1999 Cultural Medallion recipient was known for his contemporary Chinese ink paintings and paintings of Chinatown street scenes, lotuses and abstract works inspired by aboriginal cave paintings.

The late Singapore ink artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Chua Ek Kay and his painting, After The Rain (above).

The exhibition features about 50 works from the national collection as well as loans from private collectors and other institutions. Chua was known for his ability to capture old Singapore street scenes and recreate a fascinating world of shophouses and alleyways.

WHERE: Level 4 Gallery, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till May 3, 10am to 7pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to 10pm (Friday and Saturday) ADMISSION: Free for Singapore citizens, permanent residents and children aged six and below; $20 (adult), $15 (child aged between seven and 12, students and seniors) INFO:


Buddhist nun Ani Choying Drolma (above) was part of Esplanade's A Tapestry Of Sacred Music in 2014, that offers a diverse range of spiritual music. This year, she makes the first stop of her highly anticipated world tour in Singapore, at the performing arts centre on Christmas Day. The aim is to create an awareness of the plight of survivors of this year's devastating earthquake in Nepal, where she comes from.

This performance showcases the best of her repertoire.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $138 to $250 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to


With the ongoing school holidays and festive season, here is something families can do together.

Find bell charms at Singapore's leading arts venue and be a part of this lovely yearly tradition. Share whatever you like - a moment of gratitude or reflection - and, in today's wired world, do something the old-school way. Pen your own or your family's New Year wishes on a bell charm.

WHERE: Esplanade Waterfront MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Till Dec 31, 7.15 to 11pm (today, tomorrow and Dec 31), 7 to 9.30pm (Sunday) ADMISSION: Free


From the acclaimed Belgian creators of Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story comes the Asian debut of Cinderella, A Fairly True Story.

This production, which stars Charlotte Campion and Caleb Vines (both above), is a refreshing take on a classic fairy tale and offers family entertainment with its mix of original music and popular hits.

The music is an eclectic mix of original compositions and popular hits such as The Black Eyed Peas'

I Got A Feeling, orchestrated by Grammy-winning composer and musical director Matt Dunkley.

WHERE: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Till Jan 4, 2 and 7pm (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 7pm (Thursday), no shows on Tuesday and Wednesday ADMISSION: $78 to $168 from Sistic

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe