#iamayoungdancer

Two dancers, from Singapore and Chennai, exchange notes on all things that matter to the world of young dancers A conversation between Singapore-based dancer Janani Arunkumar and Chennai-based dancer Kavya Ganesh, began with the two dancers exploring the notion of the term #iamayoungdancer. While Kavya expressed that it is an interesting space to be in […]

Books Banter

Of Triumphs & Turmoils Acclaimed Bharatanatyam artiste and the senior-most disciple of Dr Kanak Rele, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam exponent, Deepak Mazumdar, shares his thoughts on Dr Rele’s new book, ‘Me and my Mohini Attam’. “I am extremely delighted and feel fortunate that I am living during the era of the legendary danseuse and my guru, […]

COVER STORY

Let’s Talk Conservation Two young and talented Bharatanatyam artistes, Mahathi Kannan and Manasvini Ramachandran, share their interest, journey in working with the tangible and intangible in the arts… An interview Qus : What has been your fascination with the idea of heritage? When did you know that you wanted to study it formally and pursue […]

From the Desk

We can’t believe half a year is gone and what a year it has been – filled with a renewed sense of promise, hope and the possibility of live performances, the joy of meeting people, in-person, sharing and soaking in work, collectively. We, at Apsaras Arts, are conscious of the legacy of the arts while […]

In-Sights

Back to where it all began, a round-up of Apsaras Arts this season In May, after a two year long hiatus, Apsaras Arts returned to India, easily one of its destinations and its Mecca – of sorts – for dance – and tour three Indian cities with Parama Padam, an Apsaras Arts production featuring Principal […]

Interview

Moments like these… Acclaimed Bharatanatyam artiste, Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala shares why working with Apsaras Arts and Aravinth Kumarasamy has been a blessing in her life. Please talk to us about your association with Apsaras Arts and Aravinth Kumarasamy? My association with Apsaras Arts and Aravinth began about 20 years ago. I was very busy then […]

Spotlight on Mohiniattam

Dr Tara Rajkumar introspects on Mohiniattam then, and now and comments that with aspiring young dancers practising and researching this dance form, Mohiniattam is all set to shine It is now more than half a century since I first delved into the dance art of Mohini, the proverbial Vishnu Maya. The enchanting illusion of Lord […]

TRAVEL DIARIES

Of lights, tours, board games and Sri Lanka Chandigarh-based lighting designer, Gyandev Singh, brings to life his experience of touring Parama Padam through cities and the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka Parama Padam The game of Snakes and Ladders- Touring Sri lanka- The pearl of Indian Ocean Since its premier back in 2019 in […]

Work-in-Process

Monuments, architecture, music, costume, lighting and imagination intersect in this production called AMARA by Apsaras Arts. An interview with its creator, Aravinth Kumarasamy Aravinth, what was the genesis of this production? When it was born, how did it develop? What is the kind of research that went into this? In 2013, I had conceptualised a […]