Using music that has its roots deep within Indian culture, the NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble (IIE) provides an open and inclusive environment to stage cultural dialogues with a diverse range of genres across the globe.
Since its founding in 1987, IIE has explored a plethora of themes that form the basis of traditional Indian music ranging from the evolution of music in the IndiansSubcontinent to religion and socio-political dialogues in the South Asian region.
IIE is made up primarily of five musical sections – veena, sitar, violin, tabla and vocals – with members also proficient in the flute, mandolin and mridangam. This range of instruments allows IIE to perform music that is representative of the ethnic diversity within India, from the Hindustani music of North India to the Carnatic music of South India. In its upcoming endeavours, the group is also looking to explore the relevance of this traditional art form in world music by blending elements of Indian music with elements of contemporary music genres.
Key Past Events
- 2014NUS Arts Festival highlight Chudar, a collaboration with the NUS Indian Dance
- 2014Annual concert Yatra: A Journey of Man and Music
- 2016NUS ExxonMobil Campus Concerts highlight Made in India