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.

Notable Performances

International Performances

National Sovereignty and Children's Day Festival

Turkey

1994

International Folklore Festival

Spain

1995

International Arts Festival

New Zealand

1997

17th National Asean Cultural Festival

Thailand

2003

Australian Festivals

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Australia

2012,2014

 

 

 

 

 

National Performances (Singapore)

Chingay Parade

Singapore

1996-2000

National Day Parade

Singapore

1997-1998

WOMAD

Singapore

2002

Major Productions

Aarupadai (Lead Cast)

Singapore, Australia, India, Sri Lanka

2001-2002

Chidhambara Ragasiyam (Lead Cast)

Singapore, Australia

2006,2009