Vision for Dance 2022

A straight-from-the-heart response from dancers and curators on their vision for dance Rama Vaidyanathan Bharatanatyam exponent “My vision for dance this year is to bring it back to stage; in front of a live audience. I am also hoping that when dance returns full-fledged to stage, it is enriched and nuanced, thanks to the pandemic […]

#iamayoungdancer

A conversation between Coimbatore-based Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, Divya Nayar and Singapore-based Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, Madhuri Suresh . Sometimes, the best conversation starters are those that investigate the very premise of the conversation itself. This conversation did precisely that! The two dancers began with sharing their perspectives on the idea of a young dancer. Thereon, they moved to […]

Books Banter

To Odisha, with Love In conversation with Odissi exponent, Ileana Citaristi in the backdrop of the launch of her new book ODISSI AND THE Gita Govinda. / Why the Geeta Govinda? What is your relationship with this text? Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda poem was one of the first things which fascinated me when I started to […]

Travel Diaries

Little Angels in Paris Just as we celebrate our founder, Neila Sathyalingam’s birth anniversary, we travel back in time to share a travel nugget from Little Angels, a multi-ethnic ensemble she co-founded. The Singapore Multi-Ethnic Ensemble Little Angels was formed in 1985 by three prominent dance teachers. Neila Satyalingam, Som Said and Yan Choong Lian. […]

INTERVIEW

V Balakrishnan, Singapore-based dancer, shares his life’s journey with Bharatanatyam in conversation with Vidhya Nair How did you first become acquainted with the world of dance? From a very young age, I accompanied my mother, an avid film-goer to the cinemas. As the only son amongst five daughters, I was her pet. I responded to […]

POINT OF VIEW

An excerpt from a speech by Neila Sathyalimgam as she received an award, where she recalls the genesis of the name, Apsaras and raises a toast to the future of Indian arts, in Singapore. “It was in the year 1977 and there was a competition. The competing groups had to come up with interesting names […]

Work-in-Process

How does a choreographer who wears multiple hats, re-imagine an old work to make it relevant, and extraordinary at the same time? Read on for an interview with Aravinth Kumarasamy, Artistic Director of Nirmanika Re-imagined As a youngster Aravinth Kumarasamy says he was always very interested in the basics and nuances of architecture; “I travelled […]

From the Desk

Slowly, but steadily, the world has opened up and performances are back where they belong! Inspired by that idea, the notion of the future, we reached out to four dancers-choreographers-curators and asked them to share with us their vision for dance. We were excited by their ideas, and insights! This is the cover story for […]

In-Sights

A detailed overview of the IPAC Symposium curated by Apsaras Arts that celebrated all things that matter to the world of Bharatanatyam. The IPAC (Indian Performing Arts Convection) by Apsaras Arts, held in the month of February, was the coming together of artistes, scholars and students all under one roof and enabling them to share […]