For six glorious days at the tail end of this month, the Temple of Fine Arts will host some of the region’s finest performers as they congregate for the Shantanand Festival of Arts.
While the main performances are staged in the Shantanand Auditorium of the Temple each evening from 29 November to 4 December, an array of workshops and masterclasses hosted by the performers take place in the Temple’s many studios throughout each day.
The roster consists of a truly diverse set of artists presenting many styles of dance and music: Founding members of Dua Space Aman Yap and Anthony Meh will dazzle with a showcase of Chinese Contemporary dance. The two have toured the world extensively and now bring their smooth movements and physical language to the Shantanand Auditorium with The Lotus Sutra.
Fusion bands Nadir and Four Leaf Clover present a spread of colourful music that incorporates Malaysian music with modern, classical and traditional forms, while up and coming dancers Atari combine contemporary dance with the traditional Malay martial arts form Silat.
Meanwhile, the prestigious Apsara Arts from Singapore present Anjasa – an exploration of the beauty of Buddhist temple architecture through the classic Indian dance form of bharathanatyam. This critically acclaimed company has stood as a pillar of the performing arts for over four decades, performing throughout that time in Singapore and around the world.
A highlight will be the two new original productions by the Temple of Fine Arts Orchestra – Krishnaayanam and Pranati. Exemplifying the works and compositions of His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswathi through dance and music, these productions will each be presented twice so there is plenty of chance to catch them.
A gala dinner will take place at Annalakshmi Restaurant from 2-4 December where guests can book a table to enjoy a sumptuous Indian vegetarian dinner followed by a special cultural performance.
Members of the public can also get up close and personal with artists at the workshops held during the mornings and afternoons of the festival. Each group will be covering selected topics based on their expertise. From Bhangra to Bollywood and even children’s workshops, there’s something for everyone here.
Four Leaf Clover
In line with the Temple of Fine Arts’ not-for-profit philosophy and with the underlying mission to make the arts accessible to everybody, the Shantanand Festival runs on a ‘pay as you wish’ basis, with part of the proceeds channelled towards the SivaSanta Dialysis & Medical Clinic set to open in 2017. As such, the public is encouraged to donate generously while enjoying the myriad of performances and workshops.
There could be no better way to simultaneously enrich your life with such a remarkable set of performances, support a charitable project AND help push the arts scene forward to enhance the nation’s cultural wealth. See you at the Shantanand Festival of Arts!
The Shantanand Festival of Arts
WHERE Temple of Fine Arts
WHEN 29 Nov-4 Dec Check website for full schedule
ADMISSION By donation
TEL 03 2274 3709