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 (ICH) who are dedicated to the promotion and transmission of their practices and have made outstanding contributions in their field. This award conferred by the National Heritage Board (NHB) is one of the key recommendations for the safeguarding of ICH, as part of Our SG Heritage Plan, the masterplan for the heritage and museum sector for 2018 to 2022.
“We are deeply honoured & humbled, for Apsaras Arts to win this award. This award recognises our Founders vision to create a dance company to celebrate our local dance traditions, and to nurture young aspiring talents to be showcased internationally. This recognition encourages our current generation of art-makers who are striving with our mission. For Indian classical dance to be considered an intangible cultural heritage of Singapore, is a sacred responsibility, Apsaras Arts has immense pride in being its custodian here in Singapore, to hand it down to the next generations of Singaporeans as their cultural heritage and as a living tradition”
– Aravinth Kumarasamy, Artistic Director, Apsaras Arts
This recognition was covered in a two-page feature in the national paper, Straits Times and will be conferred in person at a later date. In gratitude of the community and to commemorate the 43 years of it’s service at Singapore, a video was released on 9 June 2020 showcasing 43 faces and voices associated with the Apsaras Arts company sharing adjectives that reflect their relationship and what this company means to them.
SICH Award 2020 Link: https://youtu.be/idmSmkLxdQE