“in conversation on anything and everything about dance”
An Instagram bi-series which began in February 2021, on the first Thursday of the monthat 8pm SGT has taken the classical dance industry by storm.
Moderated by Aravinth Kumarasamy and Seema Hari Kumar, each 30 minute session features a discussion topic on current trends and issues in dance. In February, they discussed the topic, ” Choreography and what it means today”. In March, they discussed the topic, ” Guru-shishya relationship.” In April, the topic was ” Price of Art – How much do you pay? where the session introduced guest speakers (& mystery guests!). Anil Srinivasan and Vidhya Nair shared their view points. In May, the topic was ” Professionalism vs Amatuerism in Dance – how do we draw the line & what are the experiences of performers and rasikas?. Guest speakers Mohanapriyan Thavarajah and Sreedevi Sivarajasingam shared their experience. In June, the topic was ” The big “A” – exploring the intent, benefit and relevance of an Arangetram.” The session explored clarifications on how the teacher, student and parents can align expectations while having a rewarding journey. The session had Gayatri Sriram and Shankar Kandasamy as guest speakers. In July, the topic ws ” The Place for a Male” in Bharatanatyam featuring two male dancers – Christoper Gurusamy and Parshwanath Upadhye who spoke passionately about challenges and advantages they fare in the industry and in choosing this profession.
Each session garners more than 500 views and features live questions from a live audience and is recorded for delayed viewing. Many viewers have feedback that this style of informal discussion allows for different perspectives to be shared in a frank and informal manner and for many its been an interesting way to hear alternative views and unpack some of the grievances and concerns which are often unspoken. The next session will be on 5th August on Instagram @akumarasamy at 8pm SGT.
Digital Performances We are delighted to share details from our digital performances this August. Pibare Rama Rasam – thoughtful dance initiative dedicated to lord Rama curated by N. Srikanth Natarajan & Aswathy Nair. In this series of performances that was live streamed through Rasanubhava Official YouTube channel, 31 male dancers from different parts of the ... Read more
Inauguration of AVAI at Apsaras Arts On 10th July 2021, AVAI @ Apsaras Arts, a performance space for Indian Performing Arts in Singapore was inaugurated. When we scouted around for names for Apsaras Arts’ own performing venue – an idea that was born nearly five years ago and is finally finding fruition – we were ... Read more
Nritya Kalanjali – a Bharatanatyam Arangetram By Vaidehi Bodhankar Apsaras Arts was proud to present a live Bharatanatyam performance after a long spell in collaboration with Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) at the GIIS Auditorium on 27 June 2021. Vaidehi Bodhankar, 16 presented a unique repertoire which included 5 pieces in traditional original choreography. She ... Read more
Apsaras Arts hosts a book launch on “Temple Dance of Apsaras: A Dancer’s View of the Angkor Wat” authored by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah By Meenakshi Palaniappan “I’ve always seen my role in the world of Bharatanatyam as that of the ‘Rasika’, and this book is an especial treat for me. After all, I’ve watched lovely productions ... Read more
By Nayantara Parpia On Sunday, 25th April, a few of us in Singapore had the privilege of attending a very special dance recital, ‘Arohana’ – the Kathak Manch Pravesh of the young and multi-talented Sindhu Achudan, at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box. Congratulations to the entire team at Apsaras Arts and my dear friend ... Read more
Agathi – The Plight of the Refugee This show was a great experience and a great Learning. Artistic Director , Mr Aravinth Kumarasamy and Dramaturg Mr Ivan Heng did a great job. The Choreography was so nice, I wanted to watch the show again. Thanks to Choreographer Mr Mohanapriyan Thavarajah. I understood the story so ... Read more
March 2021 “Here is a digest of digital and on-stage live events that Apsaras Arts team participated in March. From celebration of Mahashivaratri by the Fine Arts Society of Chembur at India to the celebration by local dance group, Shere Punjab Bhangra Singapore, it is a pleasure to collaborate with art groups beyond borders and ... Read more
By Seema Hari Kumar With the welcoming transition into phase 3 declared by Singapore government, the Darshana Series presented by Apsaras Arts made its return to the live stage after a year-long hiatus. Darshana was conceived as an intimate dance series providing soloists an opportunity to connect with their audience and experience ‘sahrdaya’ or ultimate ... Read more
Catch the virtual events that Apsaras Arts team participated during the month of February. Celebrating Sri Lanka’s 73rd anniversary by the High Commission by featuring a segment of “Anjasa”; a live panel discussion by story-tellers on “Faith, Beauty, Love & Hope” by the Asian Civilisations Museum featuring Artistic Director, Aravinth Kumarasamy and a feature by ... Read more
By Soumee De “This is our second year of organising the Neela Sathyalingam festival. Her memory continues to inspire us, and we are motivated to strive to preserve our arts” said Aravinth Kumarsamy, Artistic and Managing Director. Remembering Neila Sathyalingam Festival 2021 was organized at the Stamford Arts Centre in presence of Singapore’s Minister for ... Read more