Our In-Sights section of Aavartana is our platform to share the many events, initiatives and happenings in the world of Apsaras Arts. We are looking forward to 2022 and all the many things it has to offer and we are hoping to make the most of it all. So, here’s a lowdown on events brewing, in-house.
We begin our year – not a matter of coincidence, at the onset of the year – with Maargam, a presentation by the senior company dancers of Apsaras Arts Dance Repertory. The presentation will feature items from across dance styles – Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi – showcasing at the Kallang Community Club, Singapore.
Our Nadopasana series that is our endeavour to remember our founder, Shri S Sathyalingam, with a performance titled Swara Stories – From my Music Classroom by Chitra Poornima Sathish in collaboration with Bombay V Anand (violin) and Ramanan Thiruchittampalam (mridangam) on January 29th at 7.30pm on the AVAI platform.
On February 6, we are gearing up to present the first edition of the Indian Performing Arts Convention (IPAC) Symposium on Bharatanatyam in Singapore at the Esplanade Theatre Studio that will also unfold, digitally. Our exciting line-up includes the Convenor’s Keynote address by Aravinth Kumarasamy; Innovating Bharatanatyam Choreography that includes Re-imagining Alarippu by Sreedevy Sivarajasingam mentored by Priyadarsini Govind and Exploring Trikala Jathis by Lakshmi Krishnan mentored by Sheejith Krishna; Bharatanatyam Pedagogy in Singapore, a research paper presentation by Roshini Pillay Keshavan; Perspectives go Abhinaya that includes Exploring Padams by Vardhini Subramaniam mentored by Bragha Bessell demonstrated by Madhuri Suresh and Seema Hari Kumar; Choreography Design for Ensemble Repertoire that includes Designing Dance Vocabulary for Bharanatyam Ensemble works at Apsaras Arts Company by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah, demonstrated by Company Dancers of Apsaras Arts; Millennial Adavus by Dr Apoorva Jayaraman and Shweta Prachande, mentored by Priyadarsini Govind; Panel Discussion on Audience Experience of Bharatanatyam featuring panelists Sri Ganesh Lakshminarayan, Jayashrree Govind, Vidhya Nair, T Dharmendra, Vidhya Venkat, moderated by Seema Hari Kumar; Composing Music for Dance, a conversation with Dr Rajkumar Bharathi with Chithra Poornima Sathish; Approach to Contemporary Dance, a conversation between Akram Khan and Mavin Khoo.
Under the umbrella of our annual Neila Sathyalingam Festival, to mark the birth anniversary of Neila Maami, on February 8, on Avai, we present Kadambam, a dance bouquet offering by the Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi students of Apsaras Arts Academy.
On February 12, as part of the same festival, we are privileged and proud to present Dr Apoorva Jayaraman and Shweta Prachande, disciples of Priyadarsini Govind, in an exclusive live performance in Singapore titled Anvaya, that will unfold on AVAI.
Ten years ago, we premiered a beautiful production titled Nirmanika at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. The production had an overwhelming response and we are so excited to have re-visited it and present Nirmanika Re-Imagined on February 26. With a new cast and with new segments, the production unveils itself as a re-envisaged version of its old. We can’t wait to share it all with you!