Travel Diary

Discovering Odisha through the lens of an Odissi Dancer By Soumee De In this month’s travel diary, Soumee De, Odissi Faculty of Apsaras Arts, reminisces her tour of the golden triangle of Odisha temple architecture and visit to the heritage village of Raghurajpur. From experiencing Gotipua “Bandho nrutya” in the Gurukul classroom to peeking into … Read more

Special Feature

Screening of Anjaneyam- Hanuman’s Ramayana by Esplanade Theatres in collaboration with SISTIC Live From May 24th – 31st, Anjaneyam- Hanuman’s Ramayana, one of the master-piece ensemble productions from 2017 produced by Apsaras Arts was invited to be part of a showcase series by the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay and SISTIC (the largest ticketing platform) … Read more

A life in Dance

“A life in Dance” – An exclusive interview with Uma Chetty, Artistic Director Apsaras Arts, Virginia USA by Vidhya Nair “For me, dance is where I go to reset, it is my refuge. Dance gives me balance, the equilibrium to live my life. The 4Ds (Discipline, Determination, Dedication & Devotion) are the tenants I believe … Read more

Bharatanatyam Evolves From Temple to Theatre and back again

By Anne-Marie Gaston Anne-Marie Gaston (1941-2018) traces the development of Bharatanatyam from its religious and secular roots. She gives details of the teachers who were most influential in the transmission of the dance form from traditional to modern and discusses the role of different interpretations(banis). By describing traditional and modern performances and choreography, she traces … Read more

Awards

Apsaras Arts receives The Steward of Singapore’s Intangibile Cultural Heritage Award 2020 The month of June began on a momentous note with Apsaras Arts being selected as one of the 6 organisations to receive The Stewards of Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Award. This award aims to recognise practitioners (individual and groups) of intangible cultural heritage … Read more

Virtual Event Corner

By Vidhya Nair #STAYATHOMESG – Virtual Events Since April, Apsaras Arts team has participated, curated, hosted and contributed to several global and local virtual events. Here is a monthly round up of the past events and a quick update on the upcoming ones. Straits Times: #StayathomeSG A Dance Tribute was created, dedicated to Healthcare and … Read more

The Art of Yakshagana

By Mohanapriyan Thavarajah From the travel diaries, here is a first person experience of witnessing the art of Yakshgana and tracing its origin at the Yakshagana village at Karnataka. Mohanapriyan Thavarajah fondly retells, “In the village, I witnessed not only tradition, art, hospitality but also love for humanity. The more I travel, the more I … Read more

Sunday Spotlight Series

By Vidhya Nair On April 12th, Sunday, Apsaras Arts launched “Spotlight Series” for their students, teachers, parents and Devata partners on the video conference ‘Zoom’ platform. This series aims to provide interactive discussions on a variety of topics with expert speakers in order to create awareness and appreciation of the performing arts practice. The first … Read more

From the Bookshelf – May 2020

Bharatanatyam – The Tamil Heritage By Nritya Kalanidhi Lakshmi Viswanathan This book gives an overview of all aspects of the richness and beauty of Bharatanatyam through the ages with all that went to influence and shape the Art. The sections of this book is inspired by a book on ballet authored by ballerina Dame Margot … Read more

Apsaras Arts is our second home

Interview of Ms Selvy Radhakrishnan and Ms Nagaletchimi Balasupramaniam By Aayushi Mehrish Early dancing years Starting her dance training at the age of 5, Ms. Selvy was introduced to dancing with a lot of encouragement by her elder sister, Ms. Rajeswari. Ms. Selvy says, “My first guru was Smt. Devi Maniam. After training under with … Read more