An annual festival, Kalaa Utsavam celebrates Indian arts during the festive period of Deepavali – the Festival of Lights.
Launched in 2002 as a three-day festival, Kalaa Utsavam has since grown into a 10-day festival that presents an exciting selection of contemporary and traditional performances by acclaimed Indian artists from Singapore and beyond.
Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts (23 Nov – 2 Dec)
Passion: ardour, zeal, strong enthusiasm
A feeling that drives and burns, characterised by intensity and fervor, the word has its origins in the Latin “patior” which means to “suffer or endure”. It is passion that makes great art great, giving it colour, authenticity and integrity. It has given the world its greatest human creations and animates it with human vitality. When combined with reason, goodwill, direction and discipline, it leads to positive action. And in its all-consuming fire, the self is annihilated and one becomes part of an all-embracing life. Through a system that involves long years of rigorous training under discipleship, Indian arts is passed down from generation to generation, eliminating those without the stamina that passion demands. Kalaa Utsavam, in celebration of Deepavali, offers audiences an array of traditional and contemporary arts programmes by renowned and up-and-coming artists from India and the the Indian diaspora.
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SUFI GOSPEL PROJECT BY SONAM KALRA WITH AHSAN ALI KHAN, AMAAN ALI KHAN, ALEX FERNANDES, RAJESH PRASANNA, BRENNON DENFER (INDIA)
The Sufi Gospel Project, the brainchild of Indian classical vocalist Sonam Kalra, is an attempt to blend all the voices of faith, through the use of song, music and the spoken word. Sonam Kalra steps out of the boundaries of faith to create soul-stirring tunes as traditional western gospel melds with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create music that touches the soul. With an ensemble of musicians, Ahsan Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Alex Fernandes, Rajesh Prasanna and Brennon Denfer, each melody is harmoniously produced by traditional Indian instruments that include a sarangi, a tabla, and a flute, melded with the guitar and keyboard. Since its debut in May 2011, they have made numerous appearances across India and performed to sold-out crowds.