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Festival of Indian Arts & Ideas



Converse and celebrate with some of India's most influential artists, thinkers, and writers in an exciting live wire weekend event at The Victoria Theatre and The Arts House.

Partake in powerful performances, conversations, and interactions on arts, literature, history, politics, culture, and faith of India. Expose your mind to a world of new ideas and experiences in the company of like-minded lovers of literature and arts. Spark your mind and imagination. Meet our speakers.

27 Apr 2019, Sat | 7pm–9.30pm
Victoria Theatre

Speakers 1 VT2

Looking back, Looking Forward
Old Stories, New Narratives

Mallika Sarabhai on playing Draupadi, Sita and the modern Indian woman

India's foremost dancer, choreographer, playwright, and social activist
Legend. Fiesty. Committed. Courageous. Master Storyteller. 

Sunita Kohli on restoring Indian heritage
Singapore launch of The Lucknow Cookbook

Globally acclaimed heritage architecture restorer, designer, and author 
Culture Keeper. Aesthete. Avant Garde. Contemporary. 

Dharmacharya Shantum Seth on the art of practicing Buddhism 

Writer, eminent Buddhist teacher and scholar, and renowned guide for Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India  
Enlightened. Penetrating. Profound. Sagacious. 


28 Apr 2019, Sun |11am–5pm
The Arts House

Speakers 2 TAH2

Looking back, Looking Forward
Old Stories, New Narratives

Chetan Bhagat on shaping a nation's imagination through storytelling 

Blockbuster author, screenwriter, columnist and motivational speaker. A writer of eight best-selling novels and two non-fiction books. Five of the novels adapted into super hit Bollywood films. 
Popular. Provocateur. Influential. Original. 

Manu Joseph on the art of satire in literature, the value of humour, and finding your voice 

One of India's most read political commentators and satirist, best-selling author, winner of The Hindu Literature Prize literary and former columnist for The New York Times. 
Irreverent. Ironic. Iconoclast. Out-of-the-box. 

Mallika Sarabhai on playing epic women of Indian mythology & the feminist renaissance in India

India's foremost dancer, choreographer, playwright, and social activist
Legend. Feisty. Courageous. Master Storyteller.


Aatish Taseer on Twice born: India and Bharat

Globally acclaimed author, and writer and contributing columnist for The New York Times.
Incisive. Outspoken. Unorthodox. Erudite.

Ambassador Nirupama Rao on India in the global order and the life of a diplomat

Former Indian foreign secretary, and ambassador to the United States and China
Strategist. Measured. Credible. Effective. 

Lady Kishwar Desai on building India's first Partition Museum, a site of history and memory 

Leading Indian author and columnist. Chair of The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, which set up the world's first Partition Museum at Town Mall, Amritsar, India. 
Custodian. Historian. Persistent. Dynamic. 

Ravi Thakran on why he supports the Partition Museum 

Group chairman of LVMH South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Middle East. Chairman and managing partner of LVMH’s private equity fund, L Catterton Asia.
High profile. Influential. Enterpreneurial. Visionary.

James Crabtree on India's billionaire raj, elections, and economy

Singapore based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Analytical. Frank. Insightful. Precise. 


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