Light fantastic

Light fantastic

Celebrations of the Hindu festival of light, Deepavali, is winding down.

A highlight of the Indian cultural calendar, however, is just getting started.

The Esplanade's annual Kalaa Utsavam Indian Festival Of Arts opened on Friday.

For 10 days, it will offer traditional musical and dance performances, as well as Bollywood pop concerts and literary talks.

First held in 2002, lasting only three days then, it now attracts up to 40,000 people a year.

Sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings, the festival has more than 60 events in its line-up this year.

Among the ticketed shows is Angkor: An Untold Story, a dance drama about the building of the famed Hindu temple in Cambodia.

You can also catch free events, including kathakali dance from Kerala and a carnatic progressive rock band from Bangalore.

Life!Weekend highlights some of the best free events to catch before the festival closes on Nov 24.

vlydia@sph.com.sg

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