The Heroins of Raja Ravi Varma:
Painted Heroines Comes Alive

The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma, bringing to life a selection of painted heroines through Bharatanatyam. This dance showcase explores the emotions as depicted in Raja Ravi Varma’s 14 well-known paintings of Sita, Bhoomadevi, Damayanthi, Radha, Shakuntala and Yasodha. Known for their beauty, the lives Raja Ravi Varma’s painted heroines were filled with romance, love and tragedy. Each enactment is staged with appropriate poetry from various genres and meticulously designed costumes, reflecting the style of the paintings itself. Be mesmerized as their stories come to life, from their easels, to speak to you through dance.

“Paintings generally appeal only to connoisseurs of Art, who are able to understand its many layers of meanings communicated by the painter. The dance production by Apsaras Arts – “The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma” brings out the innate emotions and expression hidden in a painting enabling viewers to easily understand the hidden messages as intended by the painter – Ravi Varma”

Shankar Khankhoje, 92 years old Visual Artist (Pune, India / Singapore), January 2012.

Artistic Mentorship – Neila Sathyalingam

Concept, Music & Artistic Direction – Aravinth Kumarasamy

Choreography – Parvathy Ravi Ghantasala

Costume and Jewelry Design – Neila Sathyalingam

I sat back and watched how the heroines of Raja Ravi Varma brought to life through the medium of dance, mesmerised by the intricate, breathtaking costumes, passionate and soulful dance and the overwhelming response of the audience comprising Indians, Chinese, Sri Lankans, Malaysians and Singaporeans. We hope to cast the same magic in Chennai one day.  (Read more)
– Parvathy Ravi Ghantasala, Sruti

Apsaras Arts will be  showcasing one of its successful dance production “The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma“,  in which the painted epic heroines from selected paintings of Raja Ravi Varma come alive through dance. Known for their beauty, Raja Ravi Varma’s painted heroines were personifications of passion whose lives were filled with romance, love and tragedy. Hear their stories as they come to life through the language of dance.  (Read more)
– The Finder, Singapore

The heroines of Raja Ravi Varma premiered in January 2012 in collaboration with Esplanade, Singapore with three successful “sell-out” and “full-house” performances. During 2013, this production will be on a tour to a few international venues.  (Read more)
– Kutcheribuzz, Chennai

“The company was let down by the venue, carpet being anathema to Indian dance, dulling entirely the percussive sound of feet and ankle bells, but the dancers made up for it with style and elegance aplenty, right to the tip of every twitching finger. (Read more)
– Parvathy Ravi Ghantasala, Sruti

The company was let down by the venue, carpet being anathema to Indian dance, dulling entirely the percussive sound of feet and ankle bells, but the dancers made up for it with style and elegance aplenty, right to the tip of every twitching finger. (Read more)
– Peter Burdon, adelaidenow.com

This production was multi dimensional and that made this journey challenging. Ensuring ravi varma’s interpretation of the epic heroins can be communicated through dance appropriate music suited to the sentiments supported by appropriate lyrics casting of suitable dancers.
– DC Correspondent

Sita’s final moments with Rama were those of anger, disppointment and a strong yearning for love. “This effort from Apsaras Arts is an attempt to marry arts and sports,” added Mr Kesavapany referring to how the proceeds from the show would contribute to the development of sporting activities for Indian youths. (Read more)
– Tabla, Jamuna Sundaraj

Esplanade Theatre, Singapore
21 January 2012

Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai
12 Januray 2013

The Big Slapple- Apollo Theatre, Adelaide
14 Feb 2014 – 15 Feb 2014

Victoria Theatre Singapore
09 July 2015

The Art House, Singapore
11 Feb 2017

The Heroins of Raja Ravi Varma is available for tours.

Please contact apsaras.arts@gmail.com / kumarasamy.aravinth@gmail.com for more information

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