Touring to India with “Alapadma”

By Kshirja Govind “No matter what, as dancers, we should all bond well and become a cohesive unit to bounce energy off each other. This simple advice went on to become the unofficial motto of our India trip. The energy we were bouncing of each other between dancers, between the dancers and the musicians, and between […]

Singapore Indian dance fraternity pays tribute to Dr Sunil Kothari

By Soumee De On a rainy afternoon on January 10th 2021, notwithstanding the wrath of the heavy rains at Singapore, dancers, friends and well wishers gathered to remember and pay tribute to Dr Sunil Kothari and reminisce the legacy he has left in the universe of Indian performing arts transcending borders. Hosted by Apsaras Arts at […]

Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora: The new force spreading Carnatic music and dance worldwide

Triumphing over hatred and hardships, the community is rebuilding By Anil Srinivasan In the absolutely gorgeous first few scenes of Mani Ratnam’s Kannathil Muthamittal, we see the fragile beauty of a war-ravaged landscape and how love can blossom like a flower even amidst the morass of hatred. The film is of course set against the backdrop of […]

Digital Events

Digital Events December 2020-January 2021 season has been active with the digital performances featured at the Dance festivals and Music video releases in India and Singapore. Here is a round up and video links to the music and dance features: Nadopasana” (Worship through Music), a concert series that commemorates the birth anniversary of Apsaras Arts co-founder Shri S […]


DIAP Residency Performance “Aathi Antham Illai – Journey Through Numbers”: a DIAP Residency performance was presented by Sreedevi Sivarajasingam of Omkar Arts & troupe from 16th to 18th January at Esplanade Theatre Studio as part of their “Raga” showcase. This production was mentored by Rama Vaidyanathan and guided by Aravinth Kumarasamy, music was composed by Sudha Raghuraman. […]

Bharata Natyam

By Dr Sunil Kothari Synopsis Bharata Natyam, the most popular classical Indian dance-form, has received universal approbation as one of the subtlest expressions of Indian culture. Its intimate connection with the temple, as a ritualistic art, mirroring the imperceptible feelings of a devotee reflects the inwardness of Hindu culture. “Its amazing inner resilience has once again come […]

Tribute to Dr Sunil Kothari

Welcome to AVAI – The Digital Performance Space by Apsaras Arts to share videos of performances, lecture demonstrations, Live Performance Streaming and more. AVAI will be officially launched in January 2021. Please stay tuned on our FaceBook and Insta page for updates. Singapore pays tribute to DR. Sunil Kothari Friends of Dr Sunil Kothari in […]

A Dance anthropologist’s perspective of “Agathi I Refugee”

By Katherine C. Zubko, University of North Carolina Asheville “How does Agathi add to the history of performing on social themes? Let’s take a closer look at a few segments within one of the most poignant scenes in Agathi, a group dance production rendered in bharatanatyam I will refer to as the ‘boat scene.’ This boat […]

Travel memories from the ASEAN India Youth Summit at Guwahati, India

By Soo Mei Fei As Mei Fei recalls her experience at the ASEAN Youth Summit 2019 held at India, two years on, she finds herself still pondering about dance as the bridge that connects. “It is never an ending point, but a starting point that branches out to various paths. It is a journey that is […]