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  • V M Sai Akileshwar (The Esplanade Co Ltd, Singapore)

    A fine and versatile performer, Akilesh is a very sought-after percussionist across not confined to the Indian Classical paradigm back home in Singapore. His sound has been described by critics as being a pleasing blend virtuosity and aesthetics. His approach to performance highlights the tonal nuances of the Mridangam (South Indian percussion instrument) while being rooted in the polyrhythmic tradition of Indian percussion.

    Akilesh has represented Singapore regionally in numerous festivals and conferences namely ANMC Bangkok 2010, Asem V Kuala Lumpur 2012 and “roots and traditions” Manila 2017. Apart from composing and arranging, his new love is to spread the art of konakkol (art of performing percussive syllables vocally).He was awarded the National Arts Council Singapore’s Postgraduate Scholarship for the year 2012, and has completed his Masters in Indian rhythms.

    As a full time Producer at the Esplanade, he has close to a decade of experience in the realm of Arts Management. He is part of the team that presents many festivals and performances throughout the year and was the lead programmer of Esplanade’s alternative music festival, Baybeats, which also happens to be Singapore’s largest free music festival. Currently, Akilesh is the festival producer of Kalaa Utsavam – The Indian festival of arts.