Odissi Dance Exchange: ODE by ETHOS

Over the months of May to July, Soumee De, Odissi faculty of Apsaras Arts, curated a series of webcast session for dance students, performers and teachers by inviting scholars, researchers and experts to share their practice, knowledge and experiences over an interactive dialogue. Over 10 episodes on Friday evenings, this series featured eminent speakers on … Read more

Spotlight Series Sessions in June-July 2020

On 21st June, H.E Javed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India at Singapore, spoke on “Transcending Boundaries – The Power of India’s Cultural Heritage” at the virtual Spotlight Series. Speaking off the cuff from the High Commission of India, on a Sunday which was coincidentally International Day of Yoga, he spoke with eloquence and depth on … Read more

On the Virtual Stage

June-July round-up of the virtual stage: From preparation for the re-opening of the studios in compliance with safe distancing measures to the continuation of digital performances online, from in depth interviews to the launch of digital live shows; from solo performances to group choreographies, here is a digest of the activities by Apasrasa Arts teams … Read more

Travel Diary

A trip down the memory lane with Anjasa International Tours By Nikita Menon Dance often has the ability to communicate, move, evoke, and entertain, but seldom does it have the power to take the rasika on a trip around the world while in the comforts of cushioned theatre seats. Anjasa, does just this. Though my … 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

From the Book Shelf July 2020

KATHAK The Dance of Storytellers By Rachna Ramya Kathak – The Dance of the Story Tellers explores the philosophical and practice aspects of Kathak dance – its origin, development and techniques. Investigating this compelling dance style from cultural and historical perspectives, the book delves into the essential principles of Kathak, its schools and major artistes, … Read more

Añjasa – Unravel the Wonders of Buddhist Monuments

By Aravinth Kumarasamy Anjasa means “path” in Pali, and this production has led me and the artistes along a memorable journey, understanding, admiring and appreciating the spirit of Asians in their pursuit in search for peace and enlightenment. The “path” to the making of Añjasa has been very fulfilling,” says, Aravinth Kumarasamy, Artistic Director. This … Read more