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Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Classical Dance in Singapore
As part of the SIFAS Festival of Classical Indian Music, Dance & Arts 2019

As a tribute to its 70th year anniversary, the 17th edition of the SIFAS Festival of Classical Indian Dance, Music and Arts 2019 celebrates the history, heritage and arts of Singapore by creating a platform for international and local artistes in a 24 day festival from 22 March 2019 to 14 April 2019. As part of the festival, SIFAS is proud to present an original production, Natya Yatra, which commemorates the 100 year history of Classical Indian dance in Singapore. This theatrical dance production brings together 4 major Indian dance schools and 1 long-time troupe, each with its own rich and vibrant history: SIFAS (1949), Bhaskar’s Arts (1952), Apsara Arts (1977), Temple of Fine Arts (1981) and Bharathaa Arts (1999). Presented from the spectator’s perspective, the show illustrates the beginnings, evolution and future prospects of Classical Indian dance through 5 distinctive acts which showcase a variety of Indian dance genres using anecdotal narratives; cutting edge technology through lighting design and animation; archival images of historic moments, places and people; and a live orchestra performing iconic historic music combined with original compositions-- all of which embody SIFAS’s main philosophy – Art Characterises Civilisation.

Aimed with the purpose of cultivating the arts in Singapore, this never- before-seen production promises to entertain and educate our Singapore audience on the legacy of Indian classical dance and encourages them to preserve and participate in this art form. This production also serves as an opportunity to recognize and pay homage to the pioneers and inspirational legends. An accompanying photo and video installation in collaboration with the Indian Heritage Centre of National Heritage Board will also be featured at SIFAS and The Esplanade showcasing archival footage of captivating moments in history.

This performance is presented in collaboration with The Esplanade as part of the 18th edition of the SIFAS Festival of Classical Indian Music, Dance & Arts 2019.

Start Sales Date

8 Feb 2019, 9am

Other Channels:
8 Feb 2019, 10am


Sanskrit and Hindi


Approximately 2 hours

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
  • Infants in arms or children below the age of 5 shall not be admitted.
  • 5 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission.

Late Seating Advisory

  • You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
  • Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording are allowed for this event.

Through All SISTIC Channels
15% Discount
for Group Booking with a minimum of 10 tickets
[Applicable to Cat 1 only]
[Valid until 3 Mar 2019]

10% Discount for Group Booking with a minimum of 10 tickets
[Applicable to Cat 3 only]

10% Discount for SIFAS members
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S$30 per ticket for Students, Senior Citizens (65 years old & above), NSFs & Child (5 - 12 years old).
Full-Time students with valid student pass.
NSF personnel with valid SAF 11B (Military IC)
Concession tickets are non-transferable. Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry.
Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.
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Event Date
Fri, 12 Apr 2019


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$40, S$30
Esplanade Box: S$40
Premier Box A & B: S$40
Box B & G: S$40


Seating Plan