Singapore, 1 November 2017 - Tamil Murasu, the Tamil-language daily of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will be organising three events with the National Arts Council (NAC), as part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival (SWF).
This year's SWF will take on the theme of ‘Aram’, a Tamil word that focuses on the universal concept of goodness, exhorting us to reflect on our conscience, virtues and societal values.
This 10-day festival will start from Friday, 3 November and ends on 12 November 2017. The Festival Director is Mr Yeow Kai Chai, who was formerly with The Straits Times Life! Section.
The three events are -
1) Lyrical roots: The Poetry of Music by RaghaJazz and BoxChild
Date: Friday, 3 November 2017
Time: 8.00 pm
Venue: The Play Den @ The Arts House
A Tamil rock concert to be held at the Arts House in conjunction with SWF’s Opening Night. This will be a closed-door rock/jazz/fusion concert with local Tamil rock bands RaghaJazz and BoxChild. This concert will also showcase a poetry slam or poetry reading with music in the background. The aim of the concert is to attract more youths as well non-Indians to the event through music as well as featuring poetry in a different light.
2) The Many Splendoured Folk Art of Story Telling
Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Victoria Theatre
This 2-hour stage production will incorporate music and enactments through the different forms of story-telling. Set against the theme ‘Aram’, this cultural night will showcase Villuppaattu (Musical story telling with a bow and arrow), Therukoothu (A street dance drama), Oranganadagam (Street theatre) and Kathalkalatchebam (Musical story telling).
The Villuppattu segment is being performed by a renowned Villuppattu artist from Tamilnadu, Mrs Bharati Thirumagan. Local dance and theatre practitioners Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, headed by well-known dancer Mrs Santha Bhaskar, will be performing the Therukoothu. The Avant Theatre, headed by local theatre practitioner Mr G. Selvananthan, will be performing the Oranganadagam.
In an effort to promote Tamil youths in the arts, Mr Syed Ashratullah S/O Syed Sebakhatulla (NUS graduate) and Mr Saravanan Shanmugam (medical student at NUS) as well as other upcoming local talents will be performing the Kathakalatchebam. This event promises to be enjoyable as well as educational for the audience.
3) The Tamil Murasu readers’ poetry reading session
Date: Sunday, 5 November 2017
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Tent@Empress situated in front of the Victoria Theatre
This is a 2-hour poetry reading session where the newspaper’s readers are invited to share poems published in its pages over the years.
Established in 1986, the 20th edition of the SWF continues to be a platform where Singaporeans celebrate the nation’s cultural diversity through literary art. SWF 2016 saw a record number of over 20,300 participants across more than 350 programmes featuring 310 authors and personalities from Singapore and around the world.
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About Tamil Murasu
Tamil Murasu was founded in 1935 by the late G Sarangapany. In 1996, SPH acquired Tamil Murasu with Times Publishing owning a minority stake, and in March 2004, the daily became wholly-owned by SPH. To broaden its reach, Tamil Murasu underwent two major revamps – one in 1999 and another in 2005, to beef up its coverage of local and foreign news, as well as sports and entertainment. With an average daily circulation of 18,000 copies on weekdays and 26,000 on weekends, Tamil Murasu now gives readers a daily dose of "something for everyone".