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NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble

  • NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble
  • NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble

Music is an integral part of Indian culture. It is perhaps one of the world's oldest evolving traditions, passed down from generation to generation. The ethnic diversity of India has had a great influence on traditional Indian music. The Raag (Melody) and Taal (rhythm) of Indian music are interpreted differently for the North Indian form of music (Hindustani music) and the South Indian form (Carnatic Music). Though fundamentally similar, both forms differ in nomenclature and customs.

Established in 1987, the NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble (IIE) celebrates the finesse of Indian classical music. The Ensemble consists of five sections: Veena, Sitar, Violin, Tabla, and Vocals. In addition to these, there are also musicians proficient in the Flute, Mandolin and Mridangam. Its performances mark the confluence of diverse styles of Indian music and a plethora of notes and rhythms. With 120 members, comprising students and alumni, the group performs as a full orchestra and as smaller ensembles.

The Ensemble's two annual major concerts are EMCC series and the NUS Arts Festival (NAF) concerts. The EMCC shows features the individual instrumental and vocal sections. Held in September/October, the concert showcases the musical diversity of the Ensemble. Some of the recent EMCC concerts include Bhaavam (2009), Dhrutham (2010). NAF, a ticketed show, is an orchestral performance held in March. It is a themed concert and every year, a different theme acts as a common thread binding the different pieces together. It reflects the flair and experience of the Ensemble's composers/tutors and the talents of its budding musicians. Some of the past NAF shows include 'Colonial Interlude (2010)' and 'The Silk Road (2011)'. Performing as an orchestra is an enriching musical experience as members learn to coordinate their music as well as to take heart from the fact that they have been part of an extraordinary show which leaves little to be desired.

The Ensemble has been engaged in performances across Singapore. Some of IIE's past performance venues include the Arulmigu Velmuragan Ghanamuneewarer Temple, International Exchange Day at NUS Forum and the Sino-Singapore Undergraduate Exchange Programme Welcome Dinner at Grand Copthorne Hotel.

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