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 have survived the […]

Shivangi Dake Robert Interview

“Dance is joy,” a tete-e-tete with Shivangi Dake Robert, Kathak faculty and senior dancer By Vidhya Nair “Dance is joy. Teaching children has been particularly joyful. I’m really enjoying it. They have a blank slate and absorb easily without inhibitions. It’s also a joy to teach passionate adults who are very keen to learn. Thanks […]

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. It was […]

Arohana – Kathak Manch Pravesh by Sindhu Achudan

By Nayantara Parpia On Sunday, 25th April, a few of us in Singapore had the privilege of attending a very special dance recital, ‘Arohana’ – the Kathak Manch Pravesh of the young and multi-talented Sindhu Achudan, at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box. Congratulations to the entire team at Apsaras Arts and my dear friend […]

Indian Sun – The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske (2020)

Indian Sun is the first biography of Ravi Shankar. Benefitting from unprecedented access to family archives, Oliver Craske paints a vivid picture of a captivating, restless workaholic, who lived a passionate and extraordinary life – from his childhood in his brother’s dance troupe, through intensive study of the sitar, to his revival of the national music […]

Agathi Review by Kids Beginners Year 2 class

Agathi – The Plight of the Refugee This show was a great experience and a great Learning. Artistic Director , Mr Aravinth Kumarasamy and Dramaturg Mr Ivan Heng did a great job. The Choreography was so nice, I wanted to watch the show again. Thanks to Choreographer Mr Mohanapriyan Thavarajah. I understood the story so […]