With over three decades of prolific international productions, Apsaras Arts has grown into a dance company that has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre, enjoying successful performances worldwide. Apsaras Arts, through creative innovations and bold collaborations, aspires to instill awareness of Indian dance forms in Adelaide, maintain the best standards of performance and cultivate an interest in the rich heritage and traditions of Indian Arts.
Apsaras Arts was founded in Singapore in 1977 by Shri S Sathyalingam and Smt Neila Sathyalingam of Kalakshetra, India. With an initial student strength of about 20 dance students, Apsaras Arts has expanded in size and significance. Several senior dancers of Apsaras Arts have branched out to form their own dance institutions both under the name of Apsaras Arts and in their own names, in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, France and the United States.
Since 2007, Apsaras Arts has emerged as a premier professional performing company, focusing on creating new works at international and national festivals, corporate events and during its seasonal performances.
Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest of the four main classical dance forms prevailing in India. With a history dating back two thousand years, it was developed from ritualistic dances performed as offerings to the deities of Hindu temples.
In Bharatanatyam, rhythm and enactment go hand in hand to create a beautiful whole.
There are two main aspects to the dance form. 'Nritta' is pure dance, performed for the sake of its own beauty, and 'Nrithya', which consists of both Nritta and emotive expression (Abhinaya).
Abhinaya is the art of expression. It is the medium of presentation by which one can convey one's ideas and the feelings to others without speech but by means of mudras (hand gestures), mime, facial expression and movements of the body.
In a Bharatanatyam performance, all the various elements of the presentation find their focus in the dancer and become unified within the performer. The 'nattuvanar' articulates the rhythm of the dancer’s movements, the singer expresses the thoughts through lyrics, and the accompanying musicians create a musical background to invoke the mood. The audience is then able to completely identify with dancer.
Classical Indian dance, when performed with an understanding of the philosophical vision and technical wizardry of those who founded and shaped its style, is incredibly modern in its stress on the distilled essence of the most abstract ideas engaging the modern mind.
As for Bharatanatyam, the most beautiful thing about it could be its sense of beauty, A deep awareness of human emotions and the intense need to share and bond with people.