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12 Nov 2022
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Join us for a sensory experience as we explore the celebration of Deepavali through music and folktales.
HEAR an acapella performance and WATCH a unique musical dance storytelling of Indian mythology where you can learn about the movement and hand gestures of an ancient Indian classical dance form. Get in TOUCH with your creative side and create your own rangoli art inspired by the museum’s façade and collection.

FEEL the groove and dance along in a special interactive workshop that takes you on a learning journey about the various Indian dance forms. You can also SEE our artefacts, complete mini missions and stand a chance to redeem a special souvenir.

What's more, admission to our permanent galleries is free for all on 12 Nov! Kindly note that tickets are still required for admission into The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022.

Browse our programmes now.


A Lighter Side of History: Dance with me! – An Experiential Dance Workshop

1.30pm – 3.30pm | The Salon

Learn about traditional Indian dance forms in this highly experiential workshop, and discover how dance provides opportunities for people with diverse abilities to express their creativity.

You will also get to try out the dance steps with the guidance of professional trainers and watch a unique Deepavali performance by the talented dancers from the Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC).

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About DADC
DADC is a community initiative established in June 2018 to create a co- existing space for persons with disabilities and art-makers. There are currently 15 members in the team which includes both professionals and persons with disabilities.

DADC is co-founded by Kavitha Krishnan, Artistic Director and Choreographer of social enterprise, Apsara Asia Pte Ltd and Imran Manaff, the Creative Producer from Maya Dance Theatre (MDT).

About the facilitators
Since 2007, MDT has made its unique presence felt in the Singapore dance scene with its distinctive expression rooted in the visceral nature of the human spirit. Its creations of interdisciplinary dance theatre using a hybrid language steeped in Asian dances, primarily Bharathanatyam and contemporary dance, shed light on pressing social issues. Its collaborations with multi-national artists tell social stories with diverse perspectives, making the works relevant across borders. 

Apsara Asia Pte Ltd is a social enterprise that harnesses the arts to impart life skills and provide opportunities to both youths and persons with diverse abilities to fulfil their dream of being an ‘artist’ through their ASPIRE programme.

With more than 15 years of experience in teaching and designing programmes for both learning institutions and special schools, they also train and employ persons with diverse abilities within the arts industry.

Photo courtesy of MDT and DADC


Dance-telling on Indian folklore and music by ETHOS

10.30am – 11.15am | The Salon
$15/parent – child pair

Join us for a dance storytelling about magical music instruments and mythical stories of Indian mythology. Learn about movement, hand gestures used in Odissi (one of the many ancient Indian classical dance forms) and create your own magical paper instrument, inspired by the artefacts at the National Museum of Singapore.

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About the facilitator
Exploring the Odissi Spirit is a dance collective of Odissi dancers based in Singapore. Co-founded and led by Soumee De, ETHOS enables appreciation of Odissi, one of the ancient Indian classical dance forms, across all ages, race, borders, gender and boundaries.

Soumee is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who is currently teaching Odissi at Apsaras Arts Academy and runs children's workshops at The Artground. Ethos facilitators have recently designed and delivered workshops for young audiences at The Artground, Indian Heritage Centre, NCPA Mumbai, Indian Performing Arts Convention and Temple of Fine Arts. 

This programme is suitable for children aged 4 and above. Limited spaces available. Each ticket entitles one pair of parent/grandparent and child to a set of craft materials.

Photo courtesy of Ethos


Drop-in Craft Activity: Mini Rangoli Art

10.30am – 11.30am [Priority slot for people with disabilities]
11.30am – 5.30pm [For public]
Glass Atrium | Free

In celebration of Deepavali, create a beautiful rangoli sand art inspired by the National Museum of Singapore's façade and artefacts!

Suitable for children aged 5 and above. Each child must be accompanied by a parent. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo courtesy of Lollibox

We Celebrate: Gallery Hunt

10.30am – 6pm
(Closed for lunch from 12 – 1pm. Final registration at 5.15pm)
Level 2, space next to Donor wall (near staircase leading to Level 3) | Free

Visit our galleries to search for answers and complete mini missions! Redeem puzzle pieces and create a unique coaster inspired by the museum’s façade and artefact collection.

Suitable for participants aged 13 and above. Registration is on a first-come, first- served basis and limited to up to 20 pax per hour.

Music Performance by IndianRaga Singapore (in collaboration with Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir)

3.30pm – 4pm | Staircase near main entrance, leading to L2 gallery

Catch this captivating performance as IndianRaga Singapore presents Indian songs to celebrate the festive spirit of Deepavali in a unique chorale presentation influenced by traditional carnatic music. This performance is presented in collaboration with Singapore Indian Orchestra and Choir.

About IndianRaga Singapore
IndianRaga aims to bring Indian classical music and dance to the 21st century, by making the art accessible to anyone, anywhere. Their holistic approach to music and dance, in both classical and contemporary styles, provides a platform for aspiring artists to explore their talent, with opportunities to focus on presentation and performance. IndianRaga Singapore actively collaborates with local artists and groups in Singapore to engage our diverse community in Singapore and expand the reach of Indian music and dance. Photo courtesy of IndianRaga Singapore

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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