From the Bookshelf

The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra: His Life and Times “The Making of a Guru” by Dr. Ileana Citaristi attempts to recreate the story of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s lifetime achievements and to capture the flavour of the times which saw his genius talent radiate, capturing the hearts of hundreds who came under his spell. … Read more

Apasaras Arts Chennai Season

Apsaras Arts at the Magical Marghazi Season, December 2019 Apsaras Arts continued its annual participation with performances in Chennai India in celebration of the most prestigious Marghazi (December Dance & Music Festival) season, that has been a ritual over the past three decades initiated by the Founders, Shri S Sathyalingam and Smt Neila Sathyalingam. During … Read more

My Memories of Neila Mami

“Vittuda Koodathu” meaning ‘Never give up’ was Neila Mami’s Mantra for life By Rhama Sankaran What were the principles, ideals and thought leadership of one of the most legendary and visionary dancer-choreographer-teacher and founder of Apsaras Arts, Smt Neila Sathyalingam? Rhama Sankaran, a board member of Loving Heart Multiservice Centre, Jurong, a Volunteer Welfare Organisation … Read more

Review Corner

Aavaratna News Letter April 2020 Edition Quintessence- An Odissi dance duet Performed on 21st March 2020 by Kalaivani Kumareswaran and Aarthi Subash Presented by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for its Raaga Series. Before the country was gripped with the cancellation news across all entertainment venues, the Odissi dance lovers got an opportunity to … Read more

Remembering Neila Maami

Reflections of a dancer By Seema Hari Kumar I once had the privilege of joining Mr & Mrs Sathyalingam (Maama & Maami) on their customary visit to their alma mater – Kalakshetra during the Margazhi season, in 2005. Whilst Maama was immensely proud of the institution and readily took me around on a tour of … Read more