Indian classical dance took root and flourished in Singapore 100 years ago, developing into an important and vibrant part of the island state’s multicultural heritage. This talk looks at the history of this rich and ancient genre, as well as the pioneering individuals and institutions that helped shape the Indian classical dance scene. It will also offer a brief preview of the original production “Natya Yatra, conceived by the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary. This theatrical dance production brings together more than 150 artistes from four major Indian dance institutions of Singapore, accompanied by a live orchestra, and will showcase an abundant variety of Indian dance genres to illustrate the beginnings, evolution, and future prospects of Indian Classical dance in Singapore.
About the speakers
Vidhya Nair is president of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society and producer of “Natya Yatra”. Vidhya was the Friends of the Museums’ head of training for the Indian Heritage Centre in 2015–16. She has an MBA from the University of Manchester.
Aravinth Kumarasamy is artistic director of “Natya Yatra” and also for Apsaras Arts Dance Company. He is an award-winning director, choreographer, and composer, and a professionally trained dancer and musician. He has produced and created many dance-theatre productions in Singapore and overseas, and is a teacher and mentor to many
Image courtesy of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society.
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