Virtual Events

Here is a round up of digital  events at Apsaras Arts over the last month. From the release of “Bhairava” in collaboration with Indian Raaga, an inaugural feature at the SPIC MACAY Singapore chapter to the Navrathri celebration by the students of Apsaras Arts Academy. The month has been busy for the Academy teachers preparing … Read more

Memoirs from the land of love, France

By Mohanapriyan Thavarajah Bonjour (a word to greet some one) and Merci (Thank you) were the words I kept repeating to the crew at various venues, theatres and to the lovely audiences. The first time in my life I witnessed how love is showered with appreciation by the house-full audience who gave me a long-standing … 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

Dancing the Stories of Banteay Srei

AMARA: Dancing the Stories of Banteay Srei  Inspired by the legends and the stories carved in its bas reliefs of the enchanting temple of Banteay Srei, this dance production brings to life the female divine Yoginis of the temple, which was once called the “citadel for women.” Apsaras Arts Dance Company is proud to present … Read more

Dance India Asia Pacific 2020 Music

By Sushma Soma “This has been a difficult year for many of us, but it was so gratifying to have a week filled with art with artists par excellence and I am excited to see what the future music sessions of DIAP will bring for us musicians!” summarises Sushma Soma about her experience on attending … Read more

Path to Visualising Tyagaraja Kritis

By Lakshmi Vishwanathan Distinguished Guest Column “Having shared my nine steps to visualise Tyagaraja kritis, I must point out that it is possible to dance to many of them, provided the dancer can evoke a chord of devotion to Rama.” Lakshmi Vishwanathan speaks about the intimate connection of Tyagaraja’s kritis that is both moving and … Read more

From the Bookshelf

Indian Classical Dance: The Renaissance and Beyond By Leela Venkataraman Indian Classical Dance: The Renaissance and Beyond traces the journey of the evolution of Indian classical dance since the years of independence. Covering the eight classical dance forms of India –  Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Odissi and Sattriya – Leela Venkataraman seamlessly weaves together … Read more

What’s Your Dance Voice?

Gearing up for a panel discussion with four young dancers and discussing with them their individual, intrinsic voice in dance. Sharing the moderation mike with the amazing Aravinth Kumaraswamy, Artistic Director, Apsaras Arts


The Dance India Asia Pacific 2020 kickstarted with a panel discussion titled, What’s Your Voice in Dance with a panel that comprised four young Bharatanatyam dancers — Dakshina Vaidyanthan, Kavya Muralidaran, Manasvini Ramachandran and Mohanapriyan Thavarajah. The conversation was moderated by Aravinth Kumaraswamy, Artistic Director, Apsaras Arts and Akhila Krishnamurthy, Founder, Aalaap. In a fragile, … Read more

Mind the Body

The first in the series of webinars curated as part of the Dance India Asia Pacific 2020 that unfolds in a digital avatar this year was The Dancing Body by acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, Priyadarsini Govind. The session was hosted by Meera Balasubramanian, Bharatanatyam dancer and Company Dancer, Apsaras Arts. Priyadarsini began firstly by acknowledging that … Read more