Image and Sound
of Fragrance

2019

The scents we pick up evoke our emotions and memories. It may conjure up a smile, stir a fear, alleviate a pain or create a sense of peace. ARTWALK transforms scents to visuals, blends noise to music, to present old and new. With the talents of local artists, we expect to create a sensory experience for both tourists and locals.

ARTWORKS

Gaia

By Tinu Verghis
Formerly at Gayathri Restaurant - 122 Race Course Road

Floor mural

Today, it seems as though we are almost inseparable from our digital devices. Yet, experiencing things through our sense of sight, smell and touch remain important. After all, our minds, bodies and emotions react to certain smells. Tinu Verghis’s Gaia was an artwork that hoped to impress upon people that some things cannot be experienced just through photos/videos alone.

Stargazer’s Wish

By Susanna Tan
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) – 2A Starlight Road

Mural

Stargazer’s Wish is inspired by the Stargazer Lilies known for their fragrant perfume. In the language of flowers, the lilies represent aspirations, and so the artwork by Susanna is a wish for the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) — that their fragrance may travel far and wide, starting from their homeground on Starlight Road.

In The Clouds

By Speak Cryptic
Formerly at 60 Kerbau Road

Mural

In the Clouds, done in Speak Cryptic’s trademark black and white style, weaved floral motifs together with patterns found on Indian sarees. The flowers, such as chrysanthemums, jasmine, marigold, orchids and roses, are a common sight in the creation of the garlands.

A Scent of Lights

By SONG
20 Clive Street

Mural

SONG created a visual representation of Little India as a whole, tapping into each of our five senses. From the fragrances of incense, flowers and spices, to the sight of colourful flowers, gold bangles and vegetables for sale, SONG aimed to depict the typical sights and smells that can be experienced in Little India.

Diff/Fusion

By Mohammed Zulkarnaen Othman (ZERO)
Formerly at 33 Kerbau Road

Mural

Diff/Fusion was a play on the scientific explanation for how smell travels, permeates and stimulates us. Traditional Indian spices such as cardamom, chilli powder, and cumin are represented by geometric shapes, while the ethereal fluorescent colours visualised fragrances and scents familiar to Little India such as spices, floral garlands and incense.

Tarik Together

By Dominic Tong
Formerly at 34 & 50 Buffalo Road

Video installation

Scent has the most potent capacity to evoke memories and emotions thought to be long lost, triggering involuntary reminiscence by connecting us to our subconscious memory. Dominic’s interpretation of how smell moves from one place to another, much like the flow of information, was conveyed through this interesting video installation with a rhythmic loop and seamless flow.
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Tracing the Line

By Moses Tan
Formerly at POLI Site, Clive Street

Installation

Tracing the Line was a movable archive that was inspired and referenced from historical accounts of Little India, and dealt with themes such as labour, trade, and migration. Using archival images from different sources, this work resembled a cart, representing transport. This work was done in collaboration with Susan Sentler.

Flavours

By Shah Rizzal
Formerly at 120 Desker Road

Mural

Flavours was a depiction of the explosion of clashing scents and colours in and around the Little India precinct. Shah Rizzal was inspired by how Little India was messy yet fun for the residents, traders, shoppers and tourists alike. The vibrant colours represented swirls of spices and herbs, highlighting the fragrance of life in the area.

Who Are The Chetti Melaka?

By K Rajagopal (Director)
Film

A documentary film commission of Indian Heritage Centre.

Shot in Singapore and Melaka in documentary style, this film presented the journey of Chetti Melaka youths in search of their roots, and unearthed lesser known facets of the Chetti Melaka in Singapore.
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Image and Sound of Fragrance - Exhibition

CURATED BY : MILENKO PRVACKI

ARTISTS : ANGIE SEAH, BANI HAYKAL, DELIA PRVACKI, DIPALI GUPTA, IAN WOO, JEZLYN TAN, LALITHA BANDARU, TAN NGIAP HENG

Conceptualised in relation to the given title of the 5th ARTWALK Little India project, Image and Sound of Fragrance, Milenko Prvacki worked with 8 artists to translate the unique fragrances of Little India into a visualisation of sound and smell in a personal language. Visitors were able to witness a sort of “Little India cacophony” of various artists’ sensations of space, images, movement, installation, painting and sculpture.

Existing Artworks

1. Stargazer’s Wish
2. A Scent of Lights

Performances

Exploring the Odissi Spirit

By Soumee De
Dance

Exploring the Odissi Spirit was a traditional Odissi-based dance performance held in open spaces in Little India, that interacted and responded to the space around us.

Flowers of the Night

By Kamini Ramachandran
Storytelling

Flowers of the Night invited listeners to a sensory storytelling experience, with fragrances, by Kamini Ramachandran. It featured poetry by Shivram Gopinath.

Tarana

By Jyotika Joshi
Dance

Tarana highlighted the most quintessential features of Kathak, such as intricate footwork (also known as tatkaar), the graceful and fluid movements of the dance syllables. It was headed and choreographed by Jyotika Joshi and performed by teachers and students from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society.

Misra Gandh (Mixed Fragrance)

By P K Geethanadhan and Amri
Dance

P K Geethanadhan and Amrita Lahiri from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society presented an exciting performance combining both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi to illustrate the differences and similarities between both classical dance forms.

Misra Gandh (Mixed Fragrance)

By Shibani Roy, Mihir Kundu and Susanta Chowdhury
Music

Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society presented a Hindustani vocal concert performance using well-known music which illustrated the theme of fragrance, and explored different ragas which reflected on different moods like Hindustani classical ragas.

The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole

By LASALLE Diploma in Performance
Theatre

The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole is one of Singapore’s best-known monologues written by Kuo Pao Kun. This performance was a fresh retelling with a blend of traditional and contemporary elements, conveyed by a young Indian woman in modern society.

The Scent of Memories

By Kamini Ramachandran
Storytelling

The Scent of Memories was a dinner theatre storytelling experience. Kamini Ramachandran brought diners through the history of Little India and the pivotal role of eating, gathering and conversation, especially among migrant communities. Audiences were then treated to a story connected to the spices and ingredients used by the chef for the meal.

Experiential Activities

Progression

By Divyam Raghunath and Aryan Kapoor
Live painting

Aryan Kapoor and Divyam Raghunath showcased their art through the medium of live painting, to present before audiences a combination of flavour with the use of spices. The showcase had left audiences mesmerised by the flavours of food presented and the art they see.

ARTWALK Trail

By Monster Day Tours
A guided tour around ARTWALK Little India 2019.

Workshops

Stencil Making Workshop

By Mural Lingo
Participants were given an opportunity to get their very own first-hand experience at spray painting with Mural Lingo by making their own stencils and spray painting them like the mural artists of ARTWALK Little India. (Photo Credit: Mural Lingo)

Natural Pigment Workshop

By Mural Lingo
Natural Pigment Workshop offered a multi-sensorial arts creation process using natural objects. (Photo Credit: Mural Lingo)

Spice Workshop

By Sneha Mittal and Sanyaa Mehrotra
Sneha Mittal and Sanyaa Mehrotra were joined by participants in making herbal face packs, bath salts and bath bombs using eco-friendly and chemical free herbs.

Potret Potret

By Nadiah Alsagoff
At Nadiah Alsagoff’s lecture-cum-workshop session, participants listened to her journey as an artist, and learnt her art of portraiture.

Bharatanatyam Dance Workshop

By Nikita Menon
Participants explored the ‘Sound of Dance’ with Nikita Menon through Bharatanatyam. The workshop was designed to allow participants to experience dance as the source music, rather than as an accompaniment to music.

Mridangam Carnatic Workshop

By Tripunithura Sreekanth
Participants learned the basics of playing the Mridangam and understood the basic rhythm structure of the particular Carnatic percussion instrument through this special fusion workshop of Mridangam, flute and violin.

Acknowledgement

Visual Artists/ Visual Arts Organisations
Website
Social Media
Angie Seah
angieseah.com
Aryan Kapoor
instagram.com/aryanaroraart
Delia Prvacki
delia.prvacki.com
Dipali Gupta
dipaligupta.net
Divyam Raghunath
facebook.com/divyamraghunathart
Dominic Tong
dominictong.com
Ian Woo
ianwoo.net
Jezlyn Tan
K Rajagopal
facebook.com/Director-KRajagopal-363760131136604/
Khairulddin Wahab
khairulddin.com
Lalitha Bandaru
lalithabandaru.com
Mohammed Zulkarnaen Othman (ZERO)
instagram.com/zero_rscls
Moses Tan
mosestanqy.com
Mural Lingo
murallingo.com
Nadiah Alsagoff
nadiahgoff.com
Sanyaa Mehrotra
linkedin.com/in/sanyaamehrotra
Shah Rizzal
shahrizzal.com
Sneha Mittal
linkedin.com/in/sneha-mittal-911667126/
SONG
songartspace.weebly.com
Speak Cryptic
speakcryptic.com
Susanna Tan
susanna-tan.com
Tan Ngiap Heng
thepond.com.sg
Tinu Verghis
tinuverghis.com
Performing Artists
Amrita Lahiri
amritalahiri.com
Bani Haykal
soundcloud.com/banihaykal
Jyotika Joshi
sifas.org/guru-jyotika-joshi.html
Kamini Ramachandran
storytellingcentrelimited.com/site/page/about
LASALLE Diploma in Performance
Mihir Kundu
sifas.org/guru-mihir-kundu.html
Nikita Menon
linkedin.com/in/nikita21menon/
P K Geethanadhan
sifas.org/guru-p-k-geethanadhan.html
Shibani Roy
sifas.org/guru-shibani-roy.html
Soumee De Girotra
Susanta Chowdhury
sifas.org/guru-susanta-chowdhury.html
Tripunithura Sreekanth
sifas.org/guru-tripunithura-sreekanth.html
Sponsored by
Corwin Holdings Pte Ltd
Tekka Place
tekkaplace.sg
Nippon Paint
Supported by
Cultural Matching Fund
Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association
littleindia.com.sg
UltraSuperNew
ultrasupernew.com
Programme partners
Monster Day Tours
monsterdaytours.com
Mural Lingo
murallingo.com
Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society
sifas.org
Indian Heritage Centre
indianheritage.gov.sg/en
Student Team
Aayushi Mehrish
Tan Yuan Lin
Lio Shi Shi, Joeve
Woo Si Hui Dewi
Tan Yingqi
Zheng Zhifang
Tan Kun Yan, Jack Kenneth
Nordiyana Binte Hamsani