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Of words, and beyond

In yet another curation masterstroke by Aravinth Kumaraswamy, Gyandev Singh’s session on lighting was befittingly followed by a session on the importance of appreciation of music and poetry for dance by the versatile and knowledgeable Sujatha Vijayaraghavan. In a beautiful hour-long lec-dem, Sujatha Vijayaraghavan shed light on how the dance blossoms when the dancer digs … Read more

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Dance of Music, Music of Dance

In the penultimate webinar of Dance India Asia Pacific 2020, Lalgudi G J R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi presented an hour-long live session on Lalgudi’s Thillanas that reinforced not only the ingenuity of legendary maestro, Lalgudi G Jayaraman but also the classic and aimless quality of his compositions that continue to woo, and wow performers … Read more

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God is in the detail…

The grand finale in the series of the webinars as part of the Dance India Asia Pacific 202 was Nataraja & the Cosmos by the vivacious, versatile, and knowledgeable V R Devika. In her world, when things unfold, they tumble out like stories that draw you in, and allow you to imagine, and experience the … Read more

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Travel Diary

Travel Diary Dance for the Royalty By Seema Hari Kumar “It is not very often that you get to perform before royalty and, that being a piece that brings to life the artwork of their ancestor, makes it more than just a ceremonial treat! This is exactly how I would sum up my experience of … Read more

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Interview

Interview About childhood memories, lockdown reflections and questions on Bharatnatyam? A tete-tete with Anjana Anand By Vidhya Nair “It was simple. They were proud that a student from Singapore was studying at Kalakshetra, their alma matter. They spent an hour with me, walking around the campus. We went to various classes, they introduced me to … Read more

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Digital Performances

On the Virtual Stage On the virtual stage of Apsaras Arts, we are excited to have premiered a series of new works in the month of September. Starting with the Dance India Asia Pacific inauguration at Singapore, a collaborative presentation of three classical dance styles, Kanna Va was released, in quest of the divine love … Read more

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Dance India Asia Pacific 2020

Special Feature “Dance India Asia Pacific 2020 has been a special experience for the organisers, faculty and participants in making it happen in the new normal braving the current pandemic precautionary measures. We are proud to have successfully completed Fourteen (14) Master Classes, Twelve (12) Webinar sessions, Six (6) choreographies during the DIAP Showcase performance, Three (3) DIAP Residency … Read more

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From the Travel Diary

From the Travel Diary By Meera Balasubramanian Having been associated with Apsaras has given me a number of opportunities to travel around the world and perform in different and prestigious venues. One such tour was the mega India tour where the team Apsaras Arts travelled around India for one whole month and performing in various … Read more

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Virtual Events

On August 7th Artistic Director, Aravinth Kumarasamy participated in a panel discussion by Aalaap Concepts named “Dance in the Now : Episode 3 Context of Curation.” The discussion centred on the idea of curation and the way online medium and technology affects curation of festival and events and the guiding principles of curation during the … Read more

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From the Bookshelf

The Kandyan Dance, as it is popularly known, is a complete art form, refined and polished in the field of pure Dance (‘Nrttya’) and with a highly developed system of ‘Talaya’ (beat). It is aesthetically appealing and has won renown throughout the world as the classical dance of Sri Lanka. The cultural heritage of Sri … Read more

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