NEELA- An Explorative Bharatanatyam Solo

By Apsaras Arts Dance Company

Featuring Nikita Menon

About Neela

Blue – colour of the universe, the sky, the ocean, the world from outer space, the colour of the divine, his peacock feather, his eyes …. We are surrounded by this colour with its varied shades and hues. Blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory and is a cool colour that shows creativity and intelligence. It is a colour that symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust, and is also known to have a calming effect on the psyche. “Neela” is a thematic solo Bharatanatyam presentation by Nikita Menon for Darshana – Dance Series by Apsaras Arts, exploring the myriad hues of this colour Blue through a variety of compositions. Nikita dedicates this performance of “Neela” in the memory of Smt. Neila Sathyalingam, doyen of Indian classical dance.

About the Featured Artiste Nikita Menon

Lured to the art of Bharatnatyam at a young age, Nikita started formal dance training at the age of 3 with Guru Maalika Girish Panickker and began her journey as a soloist at the age of 8. Her immense passion drove her to obtain a diploma in Bharatnatyam at the age of 13 from SIFAS along with the ‘Best Student Award’ and the title of “Natya Visharad” a high standard of performance in the Diploma examination. She then went on to train under the eminent guru, Smt. Nagamani Srinivasa Rao, sister of late Sri. Adyar Lakshmanan, in Bangalore. Currently, as a company dancer of Apsaras Arts, Nikita has been part of the company’s repertoire productions such as “Agathi- The Plight of the Refugee”, “Anjaneyam – Hanuman’s Ramayana”, “SITA – As Painted by Raja Ravi Varma” and “Alapadma – The Lotus Unfolds” which has toured all over Asia and Europe. She is also trained in Mohiniattam under Kalamandalam Vimala Menon, RAD Ballet and gymnastics. Alongside her professional career in dance, she has modelled for local brands and magazines and debuted in a film. Nikita is currently pursuing a degree in Fashion in LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, and is working on establishing her own fashion label.

Venue : Black Box theatre, Goodman Arts Center, 90 Goodman Rd, SG 439053

Date : 11th Aug 2018/ Time : 8pm / Tickets : S$20

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Devata: Guardians of Dance

BLK D Goodman Arts Centre

#01-24 90 Goodman Road Singapore 439053