Posts by Chee Meng

Art is clearly a universal language to Dr Ho Chee Lick, a linguist and senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore, otherwise known to be a prodigious painter with works collected in the National Gallery and NUS Museum. In 2011, he embarked on a series of works that would transcend all differences in religion. To date, he has produced 400 drawings dedicated to places of worship in Singapore, from Buddhist to Zoroastrian,...

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HOW MUCH WILL YOU REMEMBER OF FAMILIAR PLACES AROUND YOU TODAY, WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGES? An urban landscape can change in the blink of an eye for a globalised city like Singapore, where economic development is imperative. As we applaud the conveniences that a new shopping mall is providing, or say the fast connection that the new Downtown Line 2 is making between Little India and Bugis, we soon forget how life used to be previously....

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50 Years On

50 Years On


By on Sep 5, 2015

Dance is the hidden language of the soul, and dancers are the messengers of the gods, according to the influential modern dancer Martha Graham. This is most true in Indian culture, where an art like Bharatanatyam is an integrated form of aesthetic education and character building, enriched by moral and spiritual values encoded in mythological stories. The multicultural heritage of music and dance forms here has been a visible...

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A New Chapter Begins – Raga Sandhya (3 April 2015, SOTA Concert Hall) In the grand ambience of an august concert hall, about 40 musicians and vocalists of the Swathi Bhaskar’s Orchestra hit a sonorous high. The inaugural concert signals new hopes for Indian orchestral music here that adheres to the classical idiom, while providing a new platform for youth musicians in performing alongside the senior professionals. The concert...

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From Cartoon to Bliss Divine: The Practice of Music Ghanavenothan Retnam, music director of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, generously shares his precious tips on the practice of music — as the inaugural music concert of Raga Sandhya is held at SOTA Concert Hall, in a momentous occasion for Swathi Bhaskar’s Orchestra… Q: Would you tell us how this orchestra came about and what you hope to achieve with it? GR: Our late Mr K. P. Bhaskar...

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