With her Sri Lankan ethnicity, Singaporean upbringing and Australian husband, Somi has had a melting pot of cultures hold her heart. But the one passion that has, to this day, secured a significant spot in her heart, is her love for her dance.
Somi Somehsa took her first steps in Bharatanatyam at the age of 5. Under the tutelage of Shrimati Neila Sathyalingam, founder and artistic director of Apsaras Arts (Singapore), Somi gained invaluable experience from a young age through countless public performances on stage, both in her home country and overseas. With a multicultural performing arts troupe commissioned by the Government of Singapore to promote the country’s multi ethnic diaspora, Somi represented Singapore as a “Singapore Little Angel” from 1994- 1997. This not only boosted her exposure to performing on an international stage at a young age, but also kindled her interest to showcase and share the splendour of her art with different cultures.
By the age of 15, Somi had staged her Arangetram, a solo dance debut. The presenting of an Arangetram is likened to a graduation, after which the dancer is deemed competent to teach. Following her Arangetram, Somi spent many of her school holidays in India, undergoing specialised training in some of the most esteemed dance colleges and continually honing her craft.
In her performing journey with Apsaras Arts, Somi continued to represent the academy through collaborations with various Government-sponsored events. The Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade’s Kalautsavam and WOMAD were some of the many local and international festivals held in Singapore that Somi routinely performed for. At the pinnacle of her dancing career, she was also featured in several lead roles in some of the dance academy’s key dance productions.
Somi now lovingly calls Adelaide home, after having initially moved here to study in 2003. She has continued to dance, and has established Apsaras Arts Adelaide, with the hopes of continuing to share and spread the art form. She specialises in “Bala- Bharatham” a syllabus of Bharatanatyam specially tailored for children, and continues to perform widely.
National Sovereignty and Children's Day Festival
International Folklore Festival
International Arts Festival
17th National Asean Cultural Festival
Adelaide Fringe Festival
National Performances (Singapore)
National Day Parade
Aarupadai (Lead Cast)
Singapore, Australia, India, Sri Lanka
Chidhambara Ragasiyam (Lead Cast)