Anjasa – Unravel the Buddhist Monuments of Asia

1h 24m
Genres / Categories: Dance

“Añjasa” (pronounced as “Anyasa”) refers to “the path” in Pali, the classical language of Buddhism. Añjasa explores the beauty of Buddhist temple architectures. The audience will journey through monuments including Mahadevi Temple in Nepal, Bodhgaya Mahabodhi Temple and Sanchi Stupa in India, Vattadage in Sri Lanka, Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, Bayon in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and Wat Pho in Thailand. This thematic dance presentation will also speak about the Buddhist emperors, Asoka and Jayavarman VII who were iconic in the spread of Buddhism across Asia.

Experience the wonders of Buddhist monuments as it unravels through the expressions and movements of classical dance style, Bharatanatyam. This dance production features company dancers from Apsaras Arts and a unique musical orchestra with music composed by an array of Singaporean artistes including Aravinth Kumarasamy who composed the score which comprised both classical Indian and Chinese instruments including the Er Hu, Yang Qin. The costumes and set design have been inspired by Buddhist iconography using color schemes of gold, saffron and red as found in Buddhist robes from India and Southeast Asia.

Añjasa premiered in Singapore in January 2015 at Victoria Theatre. Since then it has toured to London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bangalore, Chennai, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. The digital film version of Anjasa was presented on the digital paltform SISTIC Live in June 2020 during the COVID Pandemic.

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