Unravel the wonders of Buddhist Monuments


In this sequel to Nirmanika — The Beauty of Architecture by Apsaras Arts, Añjasa explores the beauty of Buddhist temple architecture. The audience will journey through monuments such as Mahadevi Temple in Nepal, Buddhagaya Maha Bodhi Temple and Sanchi Stupa in India, Vatadage in Sri Lanka, Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Bayon in Cambodia, and the Borobudur in Indonesia. This thematic dance presentation will also delve into Buddhist emperors Ashoka and Jayavarman VII, who were influential in the spread of Buddhism across Asia. Experience the wonders of Buddhist monuments through the expressions and movements of the classical dance style, Bharatanatyam.

Creative team

Artistic Director: Aravinth Kumarasamy

Music Composer: Aravinth Kumarasamy

Choreographer: Mohanapriyan Thavarajah

Costume Designer: Mohanapriyan Thavarajah


“I was personally bowled over by Anjasa, which took us back to the glorious days of Buddhism. The costumes, props, brilliant choreography and the best combination of music and stagecraft were mind-blowing. All credit goes to artistic director Aravinth Kumarasamy and the team of charming and dedicated dancers. Their passion and commitment to the divine art of dance have found them the right home at Apsaras Arts.”

G ULAGANATHAN, Senior Dance Critic, Bengaluru, India

“Anjasa explores the beauty of Buddhist temple architecture and indeed ‘unravels’ the wonders of Buddhist monuments. As a work of art this production leaves an indelible impression and easily stands shoulder to shoulder in comparison with international theatrical dance productions.”

DR SUNIL KOTHARI, Scholar, Author and Dance Critic, India

“The language of music and dance is indeed powerful. The power of its letters, words and grammar can convey any message in a comprehensible format in any part of the world. This is what globally renowned Apsaras Arts Dance Company did when the vibrant outfit presented the dance ballet entitled Anjasa in Colombo recently… The flawless performances… explored the wonders and exquisiteness of Buddhist temple architecture, underlining Gautam Buddha’s message of peace, compassion and love for all living beings… The colourful costumes blended with brilliant choreography by Apsaras Arts Artistic Director Aravinth Kumarasamy, spiced with mind- blowing music compositions, unblemished and elegant performances by the dancers.”


“There were no stories, only concepts that were portrayed, and the danger was that it could have taken on a documentary-style feel. But Anjasa effortlessly escaped that trap through its engaging choreography (by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah) which took us through Buddhist monuments in Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Myanmar… The dancers were… utterly pleasing to watch. The creative way in which each monument slowly built itself like a ‘kolam’ (hand-drawn floor patterns) on the backdrop, as the dances unfolded, offered a dainty dynamism to each scene. The stunning costumes and the magnificently composed music… all added to the overall aesthetic experience. Bravo!”


“They came, they performed, they conquered.’ This
is an apt description of the Singapore-based dance company Apsaras Arts, which recently toured South India. They impressed not only the audience, but also connoisseurs of Indian classical dance forms. The troupe was elegant and professional, and didn’t strike a single note of discord throughout the performance.”

SUREKHA KADAPA-BOSE, Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore, India

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