This show was a great experience and a great Learning. Artistic Director , Mr Aravinth Kumarasamy and Dramaturg Mr Ivan Heng did a great job. The Choreography was so nice, I wanted to watch the show again. Thanks to Choreographer Mr Mohanapriyan Thavarajah. I understood the story so well as the storyteller Ms Seema explained it clearly. All the dancers performed with confidence. This was an awesome show.
Reviewed By Advitha
This was my first time coming to Wildrice Theatre. It was one of the best theatres I have been to. About the seating arrangement, it was quite odd as we were seated at the 3rd level, but I still enjoyed it. When the show started, I was happy as there were happy songs with nice family set up. Suddenly, the invasion took place. I became sad and when the tone grew darker, I almost cried as only the Lady (Teacher Seema) survived in her family. When she recalled it after many years about her husband Balan dying in the war and Baby Gayathri has reunited with , there was a feeling hope.
I can’t imagine how much effort has gone in the facial expression as the performance was amazing. I truly enjoyed the performance and was very happy that I came with my class girls.
Reviewed by Sahana
I really enjoyed the AGATHI performance. It was very meaningful and tells the story of many people who struggled in the past in Sri Lanka. I cannot imagine going through the struggles that they did. At first, I thought that the performance would be similar to the SITA performance but surprisingly, it was quite different. This was a true story about everyone’s struggles. Even though the SITA performance was sad, I think that this performance was even more upsetting as it is a true story. In my opinion, the saddest part of the performance was when one of the actors lost all her friends and family. At the end, when the mother reunited with the daughter, I thought it was one of the happier parts of the performance.
Other than the story, I really liked the lighting. It added very positively to my experience. I also liked all the costumes as they were unique, unlike normal grand costumes we usually see on stage. They really suited the characters and the mood. I was also surprised by how fast they could change their costumes in between scenes! All the dancers could change their emotions amazingly fast too. When one of the actors shouted, I also got a fright. All the emotions felt so real. I was immersed in the story and felt like I was going through the experiences myself. From the view I was sitting at, everything looked so amazing. Overall, I really enjoyed both the performance and the experience at Funan Mall. I hope to go on more trips like this.
Reviewed by Thanashree Darshini d/o Thamil Selvan
Digital Performances We are delighted to share details from our digital performances this August. Pibare Rama Rasam – thoughtful dance initiative dedicated to lord Rama curated by N. Srikanth Natarajan & Aswathy Nair. In this series of performances that was live streamed through Rasanubhava Official YouTube channel, 31 male dancers from different parts of the ... Read more
Inauguration of AVAI at Apsaras Arts On 10th July 2021, AVAI @ Apsaras Arts, a performance space for Indian Performing Arts in Singapore was inaugurated. When we scouted around for names for Apsaras Arts’ own performing venue – an idea that was born nearly five years ago and is finally finding fruition – we were ... Read more
Thursday Talkies – @akumarasamy “in conversation on anything and everything about dance” An Instagram bi-series which began in February 2021, on the first Thursday of the monthat 8pm SGT has taken the classical dance industry by storm. Moderated by Aravinth Kumarasamy and Seema Hari Kumar, each 30 minute session features a discussion topic on current ... Read more
Nritya Kalanjali – a Bharatanatyam Arangetram By Vaidehi Bodhankar Apsaras Arts was proud to present a live Bharatanatyam performance after a long spell in collaboration with Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) at the GIIS Auditorium on 27 June 2021. Vaidehi Bodhankar, 16 presented a unique repertoire which included 5 pieces in traditional original choreography. She ... Read more
Apsaras Arts hosts a book launch on “Temple Dance of Apsaras: A Dancer’s View of the Angkor Wat” authored by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah By Meenakshi Palaniappan “I’ve always seen my role in the world of Bharatanatyam as that of the ‘Rasika’, and this book is an especial treat for me. After all, I’ve watched lovely productions ... Read more
By Nayantara Parpia On Sunday, 25th April, a few of us in Singapore had the privilege of attending a very special dance recital, ‘Arohana’ – the Kathak Manch Pravesh of the young and multi-talented Sindhu Achudan, at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box. Congratulations to the entire team at Apsaras Arts and my dear friend ... Read more
March 2021 “Here is a digest of digital and on-stage live events that Apsaras Arts team participated in March. From celebration of Mahashivaratri by the Fine Arts Society of Chembur at India to the celebration by local dance group, Shere Punjab Bhangra Singapore, it is a pleasure to collaborate with art groups beyond borders and ... Read more
By Seema Hari Kumar With the welcoming transition into phase 3 declared by Singapore government, the Darshana Series presented by Apsaras Arts made its return to the live stage after a year-long hiatus. Darshana was conceived as an intimate dance series providing soloists an opportunity to connect with their audience and experience ‘sahrdaya’ or ultimate ... Read more
Catch the virtual events that Apsaras Arts team participated during the month of February. Celebrating Sri Lanka’s 73rd anniversary by the High Commission by featuring a segment of “Anjasa”; a live panel discussion by story-tellers on “Faith, Beauty, Love & Hope” by the Asian Civilisations Museum featuring Artistic Director, Aravinth Kumarasamy and a feature by ... Read more
By Soumee De “This is our second year of organising the Neela Sathyalingam festival. Her memory continues to inspire us, and we are motivated to strive to preserve our arts” said Aravinth Kumarsamy, Artistic and Managing Director. Remembering Neila Sathyalingam Festival 2021 was organized at the Stamford Arts Centre in presence of Singapore’s Minister for ... Read more