Something for everyone at Asean-India event

Students from the Global Indian International School doing Yoga Namaskar, a form of Upa Yoga taught by the Isha Yoga school. This was one of the events on the sidelines of the Asean-India Convention at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre yesterday
Students from the Global Indian International School doing Yoga Namaskar, a form of Upa Yoga taught by the Isha Yoga school. This was one of the events on the sidelines of the Asean-India Convention at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre yesterday.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Conference dealing with issues like trade held with activities like yoga

Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and the art of pattachitra scroll painting were various facets of Indian culture which featured on the sidelines of a conference held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre yesterday.

They were a colourful counter-balance to the Asean-India Prava-si Bharatiya Divas conference, which dealt with weighty issues such as infrastructure development, education and trade.

In the morning, yoga enthusiasts - including about 30 students from the Global Indian International School - tried out Yoga Namaskar, a form of Upa Yoga that activates the joints and muscles.

Throughout the day, various other activities like film screenings and a writers' festival were held, culminating in a concert at night featuring Indian artiste Raghu Dixit and Delhi-based singer and composer Sonam Kalra.

Participants The Sunday Times spoke to said they impressed by the wide range of activities on offer.

Portfolio manager Shreya Desai, 30, left the conference in the afternoon but went back at night to listen to Ms Kalra. "I did the yoga in the morning, watched a film or two, and now I'm going for the concert... there's really something for everyone," she said.

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I did the yoga in the morning, watched a film or two, and now I'm going for the concert... there's really something for everyone.

PORTFOLIO MANAGER SHREYA DESAI

The event is attended by top Singapore and Indian leaders, dozens of leading Indian businessmen as well as participants from across the world.

Ms Sarika Joshi was also looking forward to the concert and the performance by Ms Kalra, who blends Western gospel music with Indian classical sounds.

"It's very spiritual and soulful," said the finance professional in her 30s.

The conference was also attended by people from some 120 start-ups from India, who travelled to Singapore to take part in the inaugural India-Singapore/Asean Entrepreneurship Bridge, a parallel event where they got the chance to make pitches to investors.

One of the start-ups was Invento Robotics from Bangalore. Its head of sales Kaundinya Panyah said he was impressed at how well-organised the event was.

"I had the chance to meet so many visionary people," he said.

Many of the talks at the conference were packed to the rafters, said Mr K. Srinivas Patnaik, 48, who is in the organising committee of the conference.

"At first we were concerned about whether the rooms would be filled up, but today I think the buzz was fantastic, and we had to order additional chairs," he said.

About 4,000 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, which ends today.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 07, 2018, with the headline 'Something for everyone at Asean-India event'. Print Edition | Subscribe