PASSAGE
OF TIME

2020

Hop, step and journey through the milescape of colour and inherent beauty that is Little India. Audiences reconcile the past and present while tracing through the moods of heritage and grandiosity of works.

Into its sixth year, the enchantment continues its journey through space and time enthralling visitors with yet another wondrous line-up of activities that invokes the memories of the past, the calmness of the now and the excitement of tomorrow.

ARTWORKS

Mayura

By Boon
22 Belilios Lane

Mural

Mayura, conceptualised by both Boon and Jaba, literally translates to “Peacock” in Sanskrit. This culturally significant animal is depicted to symbolise the cycle of time in Hindu scripts. The artists seek to showcase the beauty of the peacock as represented in Hindu epics.

Weaving Through Time

By SONG
2 Veerasamy Road

Mural

SONG drew inspiration from Little India’s physical landscape of shophouses and relief sculptures. He explored the untold stories and transformations that have been created with time. Using the language of graffiti, SONG seeks to represent how vibrancy, texture and architecture, which are unique characteristics of Little India, are intertwined.

CIRCLES

By Jezlyn Tan
Tekka Place Annex Block Level 1 - 2 Serangoon Road

Installation

CIRCLES comprises more than 700 pieces of thin circular cut-outs in aluminium, arranged in four overlapping layers which protrude from the flat, curved wall. There are six distinct colours used in the work which has been designed specifically to reflect the energy of the space.

Travellers

By Khairulddin Wahab
Tekka Place Main Building Level 1 (Interior of the Mall) - 2 Serangoon Road

Mural

Using the long and distinguished history of textile in the Indian culture, Khairulddin Wahab drew his inspiration from cultural motifs rooted in nature as the subject of this mural. This design celebrates the rich textile tradition and material culture, the motifs that are used do not merely illustrate nature, but are also laced with spirituality, environmental history and symbolism.

Future Reminiscence

By Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu
109 Rowell Road

Mural

Jaba builds upon his interest in Little India’s architecture, specifically the establishment of temples, the dates they were built, or lack thereof. Intrigued by how the aesthetics of these structures are able to exist in different time periods, the artist depicts an architectural style that is preserved and continued throughout the journey of time, with characters that represent the connection between the old and the new.

The Healing Wall - You Are What You Eat

By Sunaina Bhalla
Formerly at 5 Dunlop Street

Installation

You Are What You Eat seeked to highlight methods of ancient healing that originated from India but have been forgotten over time. The artist selected specific herbs that possess aromas which are beneficial in curing and relieving certain ailments of the mind and body. After discovering these healing properties that have helped her own life, she shares these findings in the hope of benefiting others.

Existing Artworks

1. Mayura
2. Weaving Through Time
3. CIRCLES
4. Travellers
5. Future Reminiscence

Performances

The Rivers that Belay

By Moses Tan and Susan Sentler
Visual projection cum dance performance

Moses Tan created a visual projection comprising images and footages by drawing on water passages that were once used by merchants and travellers of the past; while Susan Sentler worked together with artists, Rachel Poh and Valerie Lim in a performance. Audiences were able to explore the history and impermanence of objects and locations by looking at the canals that outline Little India as a means to initiate conversations of and about the past.

Temple

By Wisdom of Monkeys Productions
Theatre

Set in the distant future where climate change has eroded the temples that once existed, the only artefact that remains of those glorious times is an image of the Goddess of Time, Kali. With this picture, a time traveller embarks on a journey to regain knowledge about the old temples, so they can be created again. Meanwhile, in 1925, a clerk plans to construct a new temple in Singapore. How will their paths meet? The connections forged by Time can be more unexpected than we think.

Crossings

By LASALLE Diploma in Dance Year 2 students
Dance

Crossings captured everyday details, subtle textures and gestures within the landscape of Little India. Body, space and time merged into snapshots held in choreographic frames of daily travelled pathways.

Nakshatra: The Lunar Mansions

By Kamini Ramachandran
Storytelling

The stars have always been a guide — gently leading travellers, explorers and lost souls by the patterns in the sky, sharing their light. Indian festivals and special occasions are influenced by the stars. As we celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal, discover the origin story of the Nakshatras, the constellations. How did the stars come to be? And what is their story?

Master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran brought alive myths of yore, accompanied by music from Raghavendar Rajasekaran. Participants also got to complete their experience with traditional folk-art painting and creating their favourite star.

Experiential Activities

Augmented Reality Works

By LASALLE Diploma in Animation
Students from LASALLE’s Diploma in Animation programme interpreted the passage of time by bringing the murals and spaces around Little India to life where audiences were able to discover a different side of Little India through augmented reality.
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ARTWALK Trail

By Monster Day Tours
A guided tour around ARTWALK Little India 2020.

Sangeet Sayankal

By G. Lakshmanan, Chandranath Bhattacharya and Vishnu Veluri
Dining experience

Audiences spent their evenings at a dining experience in Gayatri Restaurant while being immersed in melodies inspired by classical Hindustani music that created a soothing and calming experience.

Three Courses

By LASALLE BA(Hons) Acting Year 3 students
Dining experience

Three Courses was a pop-up sit-down trio of plays written by playwrights Aswani Aswath, Chen Cuifen and Harish Rama. The short plays, comprising Starter, Main Course and Dessert, were set in a crowded Singapore restaurant among actual diners. The plays traced the trials and tribulations of young millennial Singaporeans in both humorous and poignant ways.

So Cantai Market

By N/A
Art market

Visitors were able to explore this colourful and merry little art market set in the cultural neighbourhood of Little India to experience a taste of rich Indian culture, while supporting passionate local artisans and participating in an array of informal workshops related to Indian culture. They were able to enjoy lively dance performances, a music workshop, trying their hand at rangoli making and soaking up the cheerful atmosphere.

Workshops

Kalari: Basic to Indian Martial Arts

By Vanessa Toh
A workshop about an ancient form of martial art that originated from India. Inspired by the power and instincts of animals just before they strike, the training of Kalari focuses on body awareness, presence, flexibility and balance. In this workshop, participants were introduced to 5 main animal postures and learned the basic techniques used in Kalari.

“Rituranga” A Garland of Seasons

By Soumee De Girotra
In this workshop, participants had immersed themselves in the timeless classical dance of Odissi as Soumee De Girotra represented the passage of time through four prominent Indian seasons introduced by Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. Using songs and dance to depict these seasons and their impact on the human mind, the artist seeked to use the gestures of Odissi to represent a myriad of meanings.

Bolly Dazz: Zumba with a Twist

By Theeya
Participants were given the opportunity to experience a Zumba workout to popular Indian music across different eras, with Bollywood moves and creative interpretations of the music being incorporated into the immersive workout.

Sound Painting Workshop

By Tim O’Dwyer
A workshop about a multi-sensory art-form which uses bodily gestures and sounds to orchestrate a composition, spontaneously conducted by the sound painter and composer, Tim O’Dwyer. Participants were cued to make a sound or strike a pose, leaving much to specificity and chance, to recreate the bustle and spirit of Little India.

Acknowledgement

Visual Artists
Website
Social Media
Boon
boonbaked.com
Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu
instagram.com/didier
Jezlyn Tan
Khairulddin Wahab
khairulddin.com
LASALLE Diploma in Animation
Moses Tan
mosestanqy.com
SONG
songartspace.weebly.com
Sunaina Bhalla
sunainabhalla.com
Performing Artists/ Performing Arts Organisations
Chandranath Bhattacharya
G. Lakshmanan
glakshmanan485.wixsite.com/mysite
facebook.com/lakshmanantabla
Kamini Ramachandran
storytellingcentrelimited.com/site/page/about
LASALLE BA(Hons) Acting Year 3 students
LASALLE Diploma in Dance Year 2 students
Soumee De Girotra
Susan Sentler
facebook.com/susan.sentler
Tim O’Dwyer
timodwyer.com
Vanessa Toh
vanessatoh.com
Vishnu Veluri
Wisdom of Monkeys Productions
Sponsored by
Tekka Place
tekkaplace.sg
Nippon Paint
Venue Partner
Indian Heritage Centre
indianheritage.gov.sg/en
Supported by
Cultural Matching Fund
Little India Shopkeepers & Heritage Association
littleindia.com.sg
Programme Partner
Monster Day Tours
monsterdaytours.com
Student Team
Qistina Binte Mohamad Noor
Intan Hannani Binte Abdul Samad
Zainulrahman Bin Motalif
Hilyatul Ummairah Binte Zubir
Khairul Jafni Bin Jukri
Nur Hazeline Binte Ali
Michelle Alison Fonseca
T Sangitha
Kang Huai Qing
Raesmi Devi Nambiar
Park Jaeeun