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  • “Dissemination of the rich Indian art & culture and achieving integration through culture” – Soorya strives towards presenting the finest in the diverse art forms of India to the art lovers of Singapore in a multi-cultural, multi-racial milieu.
  • * “Art with a heart” – Soorya will remain committed to the weak and under privileged sections of the society by contributing significant part of its annual financial surplus to agencies and organizations of a charitable nature.
  • Presenting top artistes at nominal ticket charges to make fine quality art available to wide segments of the community.
 

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The Soorya festival - A rare cultural treat to Singapore
Kerala Kaumudi, Singapore

The world renowned Indian cultural society, Soorya, opened its Singapore chapter yesterday with a rare treat of Indian classical dance and music performances at the Singapore Polytechnic convention Hall.

The CEO of the National Arts Council of Singapore Mr. Lee Tzu Yang was the chief guest of the evening.The event held in Singapore was the last leg of a global tour of the Soorya Global Arts Festival of Indian Dance and Music covering 13 countries including the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. The event was co-sponsored by the Bharatiya Vidyabhavan, the Indian Bank and Pars Ram Enterprises. Fifty percent of the annual profit generated by Soorya Singapore is pledged to charity; this year’s beneficiary being the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick.

Soorya is a not-for-profit, non-commercial, voluntary organization that aims to reach the finest of Indian cultural and art forms to the masses. Known to be the largest cultural society in Asia, Soorya has a sterling record of 30 years of presenting the best of Indian art and Cinema to the masses through its highly acclaimed arts festivals and showcasing outstanding upcoming talents of the Indian art scene.

Founded by Mr. N Krishnamoorthy (Soorya Krishnamoorthy), a trained Engineer with a passion for the arts, Soorya currently has over 20000 members out of which 13000 comes from its chapters in 11 countries across the world including New York (USA), London (UK), Manchester (UK), Zurich (Switzerland), Rome (Italy), Vienna (Austria), Köln (Germany) Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (Gulf).

The event consisted of three performances: Bharatanatyam recitals by Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli, Fusion music presented by Trivandrum Krishnakumar (Carnatic vocal) Rajhesh Vaidhya (Veena) Karuna Murthy (Tavil) ER Janardhan (Saxophone) Joeboy (Jose Vincent) (Drums) and Karaikurichy Mohan Ram (Mridangam, Tabla, Ganjira) and dance performances by Meena Kumari Sahoo (Odissi) and Monisa Nayak (Kathak)

Alarmel Valli, one of world’s leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, presented three breathtaking “dance poems” using her medium. A “Pallavi” invoking the four goddesses: “Lakshmi”, “Saraswathi”, “Durga” and “Mahishasuramardini” was followed by a composition that traced the circle of life with images of the rain as it is born out of the tempestuous courtship of the wind and the cloud, attains maturity as it runs through its course and finally converges with the ocean -only to rise again - as vapor. The third composition used verses from the “Purananooru” (a collection of four hundred poems on war) to portray the natural coming together of precious gems and stones collected from far and wide to make a piece of jewel in perfect unison.

The ‘Odissi” and “Kathak” performances were remarkable for their grace and traditional charm. The fusion music which blended the Veena, Tavil, Mridangam and the Drums was inspiring in its ingenuity, vigor and sheer expertise.
The grand finale brought the dancers and musicians together on stage; the soft movements of traditional “Odissi” presented alongside the fast and brisk foot movements of the “Kathak.”

Dr. Chitra Krishna Kumar , the President of the Singapore chapter of Soorya delivered the welcome address and Mrs Soundarya Sukumar, gave the vote of thanks.

Thara Ravindran

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The Straits Times
(Singapore's most important English Newspaper)
dated April 28, 2005 (Thu)


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