Experiences from New York Kathak Festival

By Shivangi Dake Robert In December 2018, I got to know about the New York Kathak Festival. They were accepting applications from Kathak artists around the world and I sent in my application. In Jan 2019, I received a reply from the team which said  “We enjoyed reviewing your application and are excited to share that you […]

Hidden Truths – Raja Ravi Varma: The Inside Story

Featuring Mrs Rukmini Varma By Vidhya Nair The December edition of Spotlight Series on the 13th featured Mrs Rukmini Varma on the topic: Hidden Truths – Raja Ravi Varma: The Inside Story. The title comes from the book authored by the Mrs Rukmini Varma who is herself a leading Indian artist who paints in the classical tradition. Born […]

Audience Reviews of SITA by Apsaras Arts

SITA – Insight into the life of Sita By Meenakshi Palaniappan Was bliss to be back at the Esplanade yesterday to watch Apsaras Arts Dance Company ‘s digital production of Sita. We got a glimpse into Ravi Varma’s beautiful paintings and watched the art come alive through dance. The production took us back to our rich mythology, […]

National Award for Apsaras Arts Dance Company

Presented by National Heritage Board of Singapore  on 10th December 2020 Acceptance speech by Aravinth Kumarasamy, Artistic Director of Apsaras Arts Dance Company. “Dear Guest of Honour,  Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr. Edwin Tong, Ms. Yeoh Chee Yan, Chairman of NHB, and Ms. Chang Hwee Nee, CEO of NHB. Good afternoon. Receiving this award […]

G Selva – A multi-personality artiste driven by passion & ambition

Exclusive Interview with Vidhya Nair “We should know that the audience out there is intelligent and discerning and patrons expect value for their time. To receive a worthy compliment from the audience is GOLD.” G Selva is a well-known media personality & theatre practitioner in Singapore. From a young age, he has performed as an […]

A Lawyer’s Legend : E. Krishna Iyer

By Naatyaachaarya. V.P.Dhananjayan In the fifties and sixties  the name of  E.Krishna Iyer  was a household name in erstwhile Madras, now called Chennai.  He was seen in every Bharatanatyam and Sangeeta Kutcheries(concerts) by  known and well known performers  of those days.  Not very many happening like  these days, Arangetrams (debut) were very rare occurrences  but E.Krishna Iyer with his hearing aid sitting in the front […]


By Anjana Anand The Silappathikāram of Ilango Adigal (1AD) is a treasure-house of cultural information from the Tamil land of almost 2000 years ago.  A Grammar of Dance looks closely at the third canto, Arangētru kādhai, which talks about the arangetram or debut performance of Madhavi, a courtesan in the Chozha court in Puhar. Ilango Adigal outlines the merits of […]