Radhika and Muddupalani Intertwined, Sthree and Churning Waters​

Radhika and Muddupalani Intertwined, Sthree and Churning Waters Priyadarsini Govind and Dr. Priya Srinivasan (A version of these articles were printed on The Hindu in 2020) Which other woman of my kind has felicitated scholars with such gifts and money?To which other women of my kind have epics been dedicated?Which other woman of my kind … 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

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

Master of Arts: A Life in Dance

Master of Arts: A Life in Dance By Tulsi Badrinath Master of Arts: A Life in Dance Male dancers provoke extreme reactions-Who wants to watch hairy sweaty men dance half-naked? or Oh, they are so effeminate. Must be gay! or They would not find a job anywhere, thats why they have come to this field. … Read more

Gurus and Gurukulams

Gurus and Gurukulams Distinguished Guest Column By Lakshmi Vishwanathan I think it was Rabindranath Tagore who first established Santiniketan as a campus for the Arts. Perhaps Rukmini Devi was inspired by that. Her husband Bishop Arundale played a significant part in giving it an international profile, envisaging a composite multidisciplinary educational programme. Fortunately both institutions … Read more

Memories from Durban

Durban Trip This month, Vijaya Nadesan, Academy Principal shares memories from 2002 of a trip to Durban by seven members of the Apsaras Dance Company led by co-founder Neila Sathyalingam. “The first stop was the wide stretch of the beautiful beach. We had a wonderful time strolling along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. … Read more

Shivangi Dake Robert Interview

Shivangi Dake Robert Interview “Dance is joy,” a tete-e-tete with Shivangi Dake Robert, Kathak faculty and senior dancer By Vidhya Nair “Dance is joy. Teaching children has been particularly joyful. I’m really enjoying it. They have a blank slate and absorb easily without inhibitions. It’s also a joy to teach passionate adults who are very … Read more

“Arohana” – Kathak Manch Pravesh by Sindhu Achudan

“Arohana” – Kathak Manch Pravesh by Sindhu Achudan 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 … Read more

Indian Sun – The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske (2020)

Indian Sun – The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske (2020) Indian Sun is the first biography of Ravi Shankar. Benefitting from unprecedented access to family archives, Oliver Craske paints a vivid picture of a captivating, restless workaholic, who lived a passionate and extraordinary life – from his childhood in his brother’s dance … Read more