A conversation with Devapriya Appan, Senior Company Dancer

By Vidhya Nair “There are no formulas. When we don’t have time, we need to make time. Prioritise. Rearrange. Dance was something I wanted to do for a long time, then I realised that I need it to remain balanced. It’s an important part of having balance, a means to find happiness.” Read more about … Read more

Interview with Roshni Pillay Kesavan

– a personal odyssey through cultural education & where Bharatanatyam is headed in Singapore By Vidhya Nair VN: Tell us about yourself – your roots and growing up years? RPK: I come from a Ceylon-Tamil family with deep roots in Malaysia-Singapore for several generations. My father’s family is entirely from Seremban. (Dr V K Pillay, … Read more

“Performing is the spirit to connect and collaborate”- an interview with Seema Hari Kumar

By Vidhya Nair “Performing is not about the self alone. It is about the audience, the collective. The spirit to connect with people and collaborating to create.” Since childhood, Seema has been associated with Apsaras Arts. As a performer, teacher and core team member, her dance journey has nurtured her love and appreciation for the … Read more

National Award for Apsaras Arts Dance Company

Presented by National Heritage Board of Singapore  on 10th December 2020 Acceptance speech by Aravinth Kumarasamy, Artistic Director of Apsaras Arts Dance Company. “Dear Guest of Honour,  Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr. Edwin Tong, Ms. Yeoh Chee Yan, Chairman of NHB, and Ms. Chang Hwee Nee, CEO of NHB. Good afternoon. Receiving this … Read more

An interview with Devenasan Charles

“A life of colour, aesthetics & the discipline of an artiste” An exclusive interview with W Devenasan Charles By Vidhya Nair In this month’s interview, we meet with W Devenasan Charles, for whom learning dance opened doors into a career of a celebrated make-up artist, a life-long performer and a spiritual seeker. “Our culture is … Read more

An Interview with Lalitha Venkatasubramanian

Finding life’s purpose through Dance & Mental Health Advocacy- an interview with Lalitha Venkatasubramanian By Vidhya Nair “The mantra that I try to live by is “try your best and do what you can”. Celebrating my own small successes is key to keeping myself motivated. Dance provides me with an oasis of calm, a refuge … Read more

Interview

About childhood memories, lockdown reflections and questions on Bharatnatyam? A tete-tete with Anjana Anand By Vidhya Nair “It was simple. They were proud that a student from Singapore was studying at Kalakshetra, their alma matter. They spent an hour with me, walking around the campus. We went to various classes, they introduced me to others … Read more

“On Re-discovering the deep rootedness of Dance” : an Interview with Mrs V (Vijaya Nadesan)

By Vidhya Nair “I want my dancers to be informed and creative thinkers. They must explore, be uncluttered in their mind and apply the techniques of dance with skill and bring their audiences to a state of profound consciousness. This is the deep rootedness of Bharatanatyam and it has been my privilege to gain this … Read more