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Celebrate Indian New Year with the Indian Heritage Centre

The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) has organised  an array of immersive cultural activities to celebrate the Indian New Year this month.

The Indian New Year is celebrated by various communities in Singapore, each with its own unique traditions and practices.

Tamil families celebrate Puthandu on the first day of the Tamil calendar month of Chithirai; the Sikh community observes Vaisakhi; while the Malayalee, Telugu and Bengali communities observe Vishu, Ugadi and Pohela Baishakh respectively around this time of the year.

To celebrate this festive period and the vibrant culture and traditions of the Indian communities, the IHC has organised Indian New Year Open House 2022!

It has fun craft experiences, cultural workshops and digital programmes with a special focus on Indian music and musical instruments.

Participants can enjoy musical performances, participate in art jams and experiential trails and create a Tanjore (a classical South Indian painting style) masterpiece.

Visitors to IHC on 9 and 10 April 2022 will enjoy free admission and a thematic art installation in the IHC lobby.

For more information, visit http://indianheritage.gov.sg or IHC’s Facebook page.

On-site Highlights and Programmes

Art Installation by Sunaina Bhalla
Check out fabric block print hangings of musical instruments suspended along the main staircase of the India Heritage Centre by Singapore-based artist Sunaina Bhalla.

Experiential Culture Workshop
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 9 and 10 April 2022
Time: 11am – 12.30pm and 1pm-2.30pm
Venue: Activity Room
Cost per workshop: $10/per pax
Learn about the customs and traditions of the Indian New Year through fun storytelling sessions, traditional Indian instruments and hands-on craft experiences.

Tanjore Art Workshop
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 9 and 10 April 2022
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Seminar Room
Cost per workshop: $10/per pax
Try your hand at a traditional Indian art form and create your very own Tanjore masterpiece.

Ragamala Art Painting Workshop with LIVE sitarist
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Date: 9 and 10 April 2022
Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Activity Room
Cost per workshop: $10/per pax
Paint a Ragamala art piece (a form of Indian miniature painting) depicting variations of Indian musical modes called ragas while being serenaded by a “live” sitarist in this art jam workshop.

Other Programmes

Indian New Year Music Video
Date: Available from 10 April 2022
Visit facebook.com/indianheritagecentre
Mark the Indian New Year with an exclusive music video featuring various dance forms and an original composition by the Singapore Indian Orchestra & Choir.

Free Craft Activities
Date: Available 9 and 10 April 2022
Join the FREE Drop-in Craft Activities themed after Indian New Year traditions.

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