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

From the Bookshelf

The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra: His Life and Times “The Making of a Guru” by Dr. Ileana Citaristi attempts to recreate the story of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s lifetime achievements and to capture the flavour of the times which saw his genius talent radiate, capturing the hearts of hundreds who came under his spell. … Read more

Apasaras Arts Chennai Season

Apsaras Arts at the Magical Marghazi Season, December 2019 Apsaras Arts continued its annual participation with performances in Chennai India in celebration of the most prestigious Marghazi (December Dance & Music Festival) season, that has been a ritual over the past three decades initiated by the Founders, Shri S Sathyalingam and Smt Neila Sathyalingam. During … Read more

My Memories of Neila Mami

“Vittuda Koodathu” meaning ‘Never give up’ was Neila Mami’s Mantra for life By Rhama Sankaran What were the principles, ideals and thought leadership of one of the most legendary and visionary dancer-choreographer-teacher and founder of Apsaras Arts, Smt Neila Sathyalingam? Rhama Sankaran, a board member of Loving Heart Multiservice Centre, Jurong, a Volunteer Welfare Organisation … Read more

Review Corner

Aavaratna News Letter April 2020 Edition Quintessence- An Odissi dance duet Performed on 21st March 2020 by Kalaivani Kumareswaran and Aarthi Subash Presented by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for its Raaga Series. Before the country was gripped with the cancellation news across all entertainment venues, the Odissi dance lovers got an opportunity to … Read more

Remembering Neila Maami

Reflections of a dancer By Seema Hari Kumar I once had the privilege of joining Mr & Mrs Sathyalingam (Maama & Maami) on their customary visit to their alma mater – Kalakshetra during the Margazhi season, in 2005. Whilst Maama was immensely proud of the institution and readily took me around on a tour of … Read more