Tranquil Reverie

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Songs Of The Sea

The power of technology placed in the cradle of creativity, midst the elements of nature produces a memorable visual spectacle christened as "Songs Of The Sea". A sparkling gem in the crown of the flourishing tourism of Singapore, this is the world's first permanent show set located in the sea. This center piece which resembles a kelong (traditional Malay fishing village) has withstood the fury of the storms and the lashing of the waves. Water jets in poignant colours, brilliant lasers, vibrant lighting, creative graphics and classy fireworks woven together beneath the star-lit sky creates a magical evening at the Sentosa islands.

Sentosa is a popular island resort and a major tourist attraction in Singapore. In 2007, the musical fountain at Sentosa gave way to this unique show created by the renowned artist Yves Pepin, who was also the artistic adviser of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The tranquil sea comes alive with the dancing fountains in dazzling colours at Sentosa. This new nightly extravaganza at the Siloso Beach is yet another step towards promoting tourism in Singapore. Hats off to the creator of this innovative and captivating show.

An aesthetic setting, a live band in performance, spectacular pyrotechnics, an unique concept... These are just a few of the many ingredients which blend together to perfection to depict the tale of a young man Li, and his encounter with a beautiful princess who is under a spell.

It's no surprise that this immensely popular show is the recipient of several awards including the ASEANTA award for the being the "Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction" in 2008. In my opinion, Songs Of The Sea tops the list of attractions on offer for a first time visitor to Singapore.

In conclusion, I would say that these pictures do not do justice to the magnificence of the show. Although a picture is worth a thousand words I believe that even a thousand pictures will not be able to re-create the enigma of a show that left me bedazzled!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Colours Of Freedom

On 14th of August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said,
At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.....
August 15, 1947. It was the day India steered away from the clutches of the British. It was the day India marched into the alley of freedom. It was the day that the struggle of a nation ended. Today, sixty one years later, India is fighting for freedom from the clutches of fear. Freedom from the grip of terror. Freedom to choose between life and death. The strikes at Bangalore, Ahemdabad, Jaipur and Hyderabad are still fresh in our memory. The battle ground is vast, the enemy is unknown, the aftermath is devastating, panic is striking. The future looks ominous...
This Independence Day the fear of terror seemed to have dampened the spirits of enthusiastic Bangaloreans. The usually crowded MG Road was almost deserted. The tricolour was minimal. Celebrations were tepid. The mood at Cubbon Park was a stark contrast though. It was bustling with people. Flags were plenty. There were several activities including a painting competition, lunch for less fortunate children, cultural events, screening of the Kannada movie "Footpath" and interaction with its nine year old director Kishan.
A mix of children from diverse backgrounds,from different schools and varied age groups participated at the painting competition organized by Colorama. As I walked around, I noticed a popular theme portrayed in several paintings.
Peace was the message. Peace is the need of the hour.

Below are shots of some of the interesting paintings and excerpts from the famous speech by Jawarlal Nehru on the eve of the Indian Independence.

We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell.

To the nations and people of the world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.

We shall never allow that torch of freedom to be blown out, however high the wind or stormy the tempest.

We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.

We have to labour and work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams.