Memories of an Odissi-dancer-to-watch from the International Dance Festival at Bengaluru

Memories of an Odissi-dancer-to-watch from the International Dance Festival at Bengaluru By Soumee De Early on a chilly January morning, when I landed from sunny Singapore at the Bengaluru airport, I was both anxious and excited to be represent Singapore at the International Dance festival, hosted by World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific, Karnataka chapter at … Read more

NAVADISHA 2016

NAVADISHA 2016 An opportunity to network with the Indian Dance Fraternity from the Northern Hemisphere By Aravinth Kumarasamy  For the past two decades and more, I have been attending the Natya Kala Conference in Chennai, and a few other such international dance conferences in India and Singapore, in addition to the many ASEAN conferences in … Read more

Remembering Rukmini Devi Festival 2020

Remembering Rukmini Devi Festival 2020 By Vidhya Nair The annual Remembering Rukmini Devi Festival is held in the last week of February-early March to coincide with Smt Rukmini Devi’s birth anniversary which is February 29th. I was privileged to attend the festival in 2020 [ my last trip overseas before the pandemic hit!]. The ambience … Read more

Memories from Durban

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more