Digital Events

Digital Events In our June digest of the digital events we have an update from several conversations & talks by Apsaras Arts. On June 19th, Artistic Director Aravinth Kumarasamy delivered a speech on “The intangible across time and space” at the Ojas Sangam presented by Upasana Arts; On June 18th Soumee De, Odissi faculty, was … Read more

Nritya Kalanjali – a Bharatanatyam Arangetram

Nritya Kalanjali – a Bharatanatyam Arangetram By Vaidehi Bodhankar Apsaras Arts was proud to present a live Bharatanatyam performance after a long spell in collaboration with Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) at the GIIS Auditorium on 27 June 2021. Vaidehi Bodhankar, 16 presented a unique repertoire which included 5 pieces in traditional original choreography. She … Read more

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