Murali, who prefers to be called
Anna, is Hindu and was thrilled to participate in the festival
her faith. “I was excited and honored because I have performed
for all sorts of occasions back home in Singapore, and I think
it was a wonderful opportunity for me to do the same in Hawai‘i,” she
The 21-year-old performed three Indian classical songs as part
of the “Where in the World? India!” event on the
final day of the two-week-long festival.
It instilled in me a sense of culture,” said Murali. “It
enabled me to bring my culture to those who are new to it and
to those who can enjoy and appreciate it.”
The exhibition, titled “Durga: The Great Goddess Revealed,” continues
at the academy through Dec. 5.