Esplanade Presents


Marutha Kiligal


18 Nov 2022, Fri, 8.15pm

19 Nov 2022, Sat, 8pm


(Intermission: None)

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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Marutha Kiligal, which creatively refers to the womenfolk of agricultural land, aims to tell the story of harvesting from the start to end through traditional Tamil folk dances, with a touch of classical dance as well.


The performance will begin by depicting how farmers go about preparing the land for harvest, taking the audience through the process of sowing the seeds, irrigating the land, weeding and harvesting. The celebratory dance, Kummiyaatam (கும்மியாட்டம்), which in folk tradition reflects the day-to-day life of villagers and the various harvesting activities in Tamil Nadu, is performed next to represent the reaping of the harvest the beginning of the harvest celebrations known as Pongal. Following this is Karagaatam (கரகாட்டம்), a folk dance which is often performed to give thanks to the rain and to seek the blessings of the Rain Goddess Mariamman. In addition, the dancers will also present the Poikaal Kuthiraiyaatam (பொய்க்கால் குதிரையாட்டம்), which is typically performed to express gratitude to the deities who are believed to protect the villages. Finally, there will be a showcase of Mayilaatam (மயிலாட்டம்), which literally translates to the dance of peacocks, and is a folk art form that requires great skill and intricacy of movement, typically performed in praise of Lord Murugan who presides as the deity of the mountainous regions of Tamil Nadu, Kurinji.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.  No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Marutha Kiligal

Guru A Meenalochani, runs her own dance school, Makoolam Kalaikoodam of Bharatanatyam and Tamil traditional folk arts classes. She has completed her Diploma in Bharatanatyam and Arangetram under SIFAS and currently is a part- time tutor in SIFAS. She has been participating in numerous classical and folk performances in Singapore for temple events, community programmes, schools as well as corporate events.


Naveena Vinodthni currently works as a pre-school mentor and a teacher of abacus. Naveena is also a model who once represented Singapore in 2016.


Justina Steven has shown an interest for dance since the age of five. She has actively danced in SYFs, Chingay parades, community clubs and school events. She graduated with a Hospitality Business Honours Degree from Singapore Institute of Technology in 2020. She now works as a data analyst with Smith Travel Research.


Aiswariya has been learning Bharathanatyam since she was five. She was part of MOE’s dance talent development programme in secondary school. She is currently a research officer at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


Ashwinii is a political science graduate student from National University of Singapore. She began learning Bharatanatyam at the age of six and has learnt dance for about 11 years now. She attained a Certificate of Distinction for Intermediate Dance Examinations which was awarded by Smt. Neila Sathyalingam in 2012, and has also completed a basic parai drum course.


As a group , they have been performing for several classical and folk performances held by Makoolam

Date & Time

18 Nov 2022, Fri


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

19 Nov 2022, Sat


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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