Keeping Singapore's cultural heritage alive

The National Library Board launches a searchable Tamil dance database while the Esplanade has a website that houses its rich archives to engage audiences

The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay launched Offstage, a library and archive as well as a dynamic site to engage audiences. The new Tamil dance archive will contain video clips of works by the late dance doyenne and Cultural Medallion recipient Neila
The new Tamil dance archive will contain video clips of works by the late dance doyenne and Cultural Medallion recipient Neila Sathyalingam (above). PHOTO: APSARAS ART
The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay launched Offstage, a library and archive as well as a dynamic site to engage audiences. The new Tamil dance archive will contain video clips of works by the late dance doyenne and Cultural Medallion recipient Neila
The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay launched Offstage, a library and archive as well as a dynamic site to engage audiences. PHOTO: ESPLANADE
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Two new digital resources are the latest archival initiatives in the arts scene, where there are growing efforts to document, and make accessible, Singapore's cultural heritage.

The National Library Board's (NLB) Tamil dance archive is the final leg of a marathon effort by the Tamil Digital Heritage Group to digitise Tamil culture. The group, in partnership with NLB, began digitising Tamil literature in 2013 and has since added Tamil theatre and music archives.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2019, with the headline Keeping Singapore's cultural heritage alive. Subscribe