LISHA New Year celebrations recognise local poets

LISHA Tamil New Year Celebrates 60 Local Poets

Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA)’s Indian New Year celebrations this year will recognise 60 local poets who have also been involved in some sort of social work or community service. LISHA will be displaying 60 street banners dedicated to each of them, along both sides of Serangoon Road, from 1 to 30 April 2024. Each of the banners will feature a picture of the poet and an abstract of his or her poem.


“We wanted to honour the poets for their contributions to the language and to the nation at large,” LISHA Chairman Regunarth s/o Thyagarajan said.


LISHA is organising a range of activities for Indians celebrating New Year in Singapore. These include:


Khazana Hunt (Puthayal Vettai)

Date: 13 and 20 April

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM
Venue: Poli@Clive Street

LISHA is organising a treasure hunt to educate tourists and the general public on Indian tradition as well as the Indian New Year. There will be 25 pairs of people competing in the treasure hunt, which will begin and end at Poli@Clive Street. Participants will be given a map with clues which they must solve to get to the next stations.

LISHA Treasure Hunt (Puthayal Vettai)


Indian Cultural Fiesta 2024 Show

Date: 13 April 2024
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Venue: Poli@Clive Street (Open Field)

LISHA is partnering with 17 Indian communities – Bangladeshi, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Indian Peranakan, Indian Muslims, Kannada, Maharashtra, Malayalee, Malwa, Marwari, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil and Telugu to put up a five minute dance performance representing each of them. At this event, LISHA together with the various ethnic Indian communities present a cheque to the Community Chest. 

Indian Cultural Fiesta 2024


Sunrise Street Yoga

Date: 14 and 21 April 2024
Time: 9 to 10 am
Venue: Campbell lane (outside Indian Heritage Centre)


Yoga master Mr Jeevan will lead the group, starting with some warm-ups before indulging in yoga. The exercises will not put any stress on the knees as it is done on a hard floor. Participants will be required to bring their own yoga mat. While walk-ins are allowed, participants are encouraged to pre-register for this free event. All participants will be given bottled water. There will be cash vouchers for selected winners. Pregnant ladies are requested to obtain consent from doctors.

LISHA Indian New Year's Sunrise Street Yoga Event


Chithirai Kalai Vizha*

Date: 14 April 2024
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Venue: Poli@Clive Street (Open Field)


Isai Kavi Mr Ramanan will be speaking to the audience in Tamil about ancient Tamil Literature via Tamil film songs for an hour. The show will also feature classical dances and songs in this 3-hour show. In addition, the event will feature the launch of a compilation of the 60 poets’ works. Dr S Thinnappan will be receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to the Tamil language.


* “Chithirai” is the first month in the Tamil calendar; “Kalai” means arts; “Vizha” means celebrations.


Motivational & Leadership Talk for Students

Date: 15 April 2024
Time: 3 to 5 pm

Venue: Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Center

Popular public speaker and narrator from India, Isai Kavi Ramanan will hold a motivational, and leadership talk for secondary school students. Mr Ramanan will address the students in both Tamil and English.


Note: Interested participants must register via the LISHA event website. Walk-ins will not be allowed. 


Isai Kavi Ramanan


Tamil Symphony Show

Date: 20 of April 2024
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Venue: Poli@Clive Street (Open Field)


In collaboration with the Singapore Indian Symphony Orchestra (SISO), a dozen live band orchestras will be performing, conducted by SISO founder Mr Muthu. Before the symphony show, there will be a 45-minute fusion dance performance by Usharani Maniam Dance group. This is a free event.


Paattu Mandram*

Date: 21 April 2024
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Venue: Poli@Clive Street (Open Field)


This event, organised by the LISHA Literary Club will feature local artists as well as artists from India, in a fun-filled debate session, conducted through songs. This is a free event.


LISHA's Paattu Mandram

* “Paatu Mandaram” means a “Conference of Songs”.


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