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Sitars & Sarods

By Zaki JufriEvents - 18 March 2011 1:35 PM | Updated 23 March 2011

Sitars & Sarods

It is said if one wants to delve deep into the heart of a culture, you should listen to their music.  That said, Indian music is taking the front seat this time with some interesting events.

The heart of Indian music is rooted in the classics, namely Hindustani and Carnatic music. Practitioners are known to pour out their emotions about nature, beauty and love in a sublime way, thus giving a sense of joy for those tuning in. 

Fans of classical Indian music are in for a treat as the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society is holding its annual music and dance festival. From March 16 to April 3, you can enjoy a host of performances ranging from Indian classical dance, violin recitals, vocal concerts and more.

Here are some highlights from the festival:


One of India’s finest classical violinists, T.N Krishnan who is known for his stirring violin recitals will be taking the stage of the Esplanade Concert Hall on Mar 25 (Fri). Let this ambassador of Indian classical music mesmerize with his delicate, romantic and fluid ragas.

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of India's leading classical dancers, and is considered as one of the best interpreters of the ancient art form of Bharata Natyam. Vaidyanathan is a delight to watch whenever she performs and you can catch her give a master-class in dance at the Esplanade Theatre on Mar 18.

After being highly-rated violinists for more than a decade, sisters Ranjani and Gayatri are now more known for their vocal renditions.  Their music, imbued with a deep and abiding classicism, has been described as an invigorating blend of melody and emotion. Gifted with strong vocal chops, the sisters have a distinct style of their own, which has won the hearts of the Indian classical music lovers everywhere. Catch them at the Esplanade Concert Hall this Apr 1.

SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance 2011 is on from Mar 16-Apr 3 at The Esplanade and SIFAS Auditorium.  Tickets $30-80 available at Sistic.For a list of free performances during the festival, click here.