Celebrate the sights, sounds and cuisines of Indian culture with the Indian Heritage Centre

From cooking classes to guided tours, CultureFest 2020 will feature both online and on-site activities.

Naren Lee Sankar

Published: 4 September 2020, 12:48 PM

Experience Indian culture like never before with the first digital edition of The Indian Heritage Centre’s (IHC) CultureFest this September.

Running from 5 to 20 Sep, the IHC CultureFest 2020 will feature over 40 programmes, including performances, demonstrations and workshops, centred around the epic Ramayana.

New online programmes will be uploaded regularly on IHC’s Facebook and website throughout the festival.

Learn how to make tasty Indian delights for your friends and family with cookbook author, Indra Iswaran, who will be conducting a cooking demonstration. This is one example of the numerous cooking classes available during the festival.

Catch Indra Iswaran’s cooking demonstration during the festival. PHOTO CREDIT: INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE


Another highlight is a dance reenacting part of Ramayana. Put up by youth, it mixes elements of different traditional art forms such as Kalaripayattu, Silambam, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, traditional yoga and veenai.

Maathavan Kalaichelvan, a veenai player in the community youth showcase, said: “Performing arts such as Indian classical music are important parts of our heritage, and I am glad that I have the opportunity to showcase these in new, never-before-seen ways.

“I am passionate about my heritage in all its forms, and the camaraderie I share with my fellow musicians as we express this through our instruments is irreplaceable. I hope many more, especially youth, will catch this flame and treasure our culture and heritage.”


The IHC CultureFest 2020 logo was designed in collaboration with students from Temasek Polytechnic, who were inspired by traditional Indian arts and culture. PHOTO CREDIT: INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE


The festival will also include a number of on-site events. These include a free guided tour by IHC’s staff that will enrich your knowledge of South Asian communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and an art gallery of paintings done in a traditional indian art style, Madhubani. You can even try painting in the Madhubani art style yourself.

For the complete list of programmes, head over to IHC’s Facebook or website.

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