Apsaras Arts was founded in Singapore in 1977 by Shri S Sathyalingam and Smt Neila Sathyalingam, alumni and former faculty members of Kalakshetra, India. With over four decades of prolific international productions, Apsaras Arts has grown into a premier Indian dance company in the region that has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre, enjoying successful performances and following worldwide.
Since 2005, under the leadership of Aravinth Kumarasamy, an award winning Artistic Director, Apsaras Arts has transformed into a premier professional performing company, focusing on creating new works which are presented at international festivals. Apsaras Arts dancers and musicians have toured to more than forty countries across the globe and collaborated with leading dance companies, legendary dancers, choreographers, composers and presenters from the international Indian dance fraternity.
Apsaras Arts is a non-profit registered charity in Singapore, and is the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council’s annual Major Grant scheme. The company is guided by an advisory board comprising of eminent personalities connected with the arts community in Singapore and the region.
To be “The Indian Dance Company” of
Singapore and the Region
To Nurture, Develop and Showcase
Singapore’s Traditional Arts Talent Pool
Contemporary expressions based on
Indian classical art genres.
Apsaras Arts Academy provides dance training in Indian Classical dance genres – Bharatanatyam (Kalakshetra Bani), Kathak (Lucknow Gharana) and Odissi for both children and adult students. The academy has also designed an introductory syllabus called Balabharatham – a special dance course for young kids (4-6 years old).
Over the past four decades many students of Apsaras Arts have graduated receiving the title of “Natya Sudar” by performing their Arangetram after completing their course in Bharatanatyam. Apsaras Arts graduates have established themselves as dance artistes, choreographers and dance and have founded teaching institutions in Singapore, Australia (Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide), USA (Richmond, VA , Boston, MA and Phoenix, AZ). Several of Apsaras Arts garduates teach Bharatanatyam at Singapore primary and secondary schools and junior colleges, and at Community Centres across the country.
Blk D Goodman Arts Centre #01-24 90 Goodman road S(439052)
Bharathanatyam | Kathak | Odissi
A multi-talented artiste, Aravinth is involved in Indian dance, music, theatre and other related fields and is a prominent figure in the international Indian arts community. Aravinth’s creations at Apsaras Arts have been acclaimed as world class seamlessly blending innovative choreography based on traditional dance vocabulary, thereby progressively redefining the boundaries of Bharatanatyam ensemble work. His collaborations with Cambodian, Javanese and Balinese dance forms have been much acclaimed.
He is the proud recipient of several awards including the Singapore’s “Young Artiste Award” by the National Arts Council of Singapore (1999). He is also the recipient of the “Arya Bhatta Award” from India (2016) and the prestigious “Kala Ratna” award from Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (2019). Aravinth directs and produces festivals in Singapore and also sits on the advisory board of National Arts Council of Singapore, and on the talent advisory board of the People’s Association of Singapore
Shri S. Sathyalingam is a Sangitha Sironmani (Holder of a Degree in Music) from the University of Madras. He joined Kalakshetra and was trained by many eminent gurus and completed his training for Diploma in Music. After his training in Kalakshetra, Shri S Sathyalingam served as a member of its teaching faculty. Since 1955, he performed classical music and conducted Bharathanatyam recitals in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. He was a much sort after Guru for Classical Indian Music and seved as the Music Director for Apsaras Arts for a three decades. In recognition of his contribution to Indian arts in foreign countries, he was bestowed the accolade of ìViswakalaa Bharathiî by Bharath Kalachar in Chennai in 1995. He was also a member of Singapore’s National Arts Councilís Music Advisory Panel. Shri S Sathyalingam passed away on June 20th 2011.