Award-winning musician Shankar Mahadevan to open Indian Heritage Centre's inaugural CultureFest

Award-winning musician Shankar Mahadevan to open Indian Heritage Centre's inaugural CultureFest
Award-winning musician Shankar Mahadevan

SINGAPORE - Famed singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan will be performing at the Esplanade for the opening of the National Heritage Board's (NHB) newest heritage institution, the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) on May 2.

The special curtain-raiser performance will kick off the IHC's inaugural CultureFest and is a joint collaboration between IHC and Arte Compass.

The award-winning musician, who has put out several well-received compositions while impressing millions around the world with his strong vocals will also premiere his original piece entitled, "Kaleidoscope: Musical Heritage of India".

This one-night-only concert will feature specially created compositions that weave in the storyline of IHC CultureFest and its theme, Kaleidoscope of Cultures.

The line-up will include a blend of genres ranging from classical carnatic, hindustani, folk to other musical traditions such as jazz and rock.

Mr Shankar will be accompanied by folk artists and a group of musicians on the flute, tabla, guitar, keyboard and other instruments.

A pan-Indian journey of musical traditions is to be expected from the performance, giving the audience an experience of the rich, cultural heritage of India.

Mr Shankar said: "We will feature a unique presentation of some specially created compositions on the theme. I am hoping that the songs will magically create the feeling of tremendous joy."

The vocalist also composed the background musical score for a film to be featured in IHC's permanent galleries, which will contribute to the overall IHC ambience for visitors.

The said film will introduce the themes to be covered in the IHC's storyline, tracing the histories, progress as well as achievements of the South Asian diaspora in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Mr Shankar's special composition for the film was created with this storyline in mind. It reflects the multicultural aspects of Singapore while fusing pan-Asian traditional and contemporary sounds to capture the essence of each theme.

IHC Centre Director Dr Gauri Krishnan had only kind words to say of Mr Shankar's contribution:

"We are honoured to have collaborated with Shankar on the unique musical score for IHC's Introduction film on its permanent galleries. Music is an integral part of many cultures, especially that of the Indians, and Shankar's creation will certainly make the museum experience for visitors to the IHC memorable, and enable them to better understand and appreciate the story and heritage of the Indian community in Singapore."

Ticket sales for Mr Shankar's May 2 concert are now open and available for purchase at Sistic. Visit http://preview.sistic.com.sg/events/shankar0515 for more information.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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