Doyenne of Indian classical dance, Mrs Neila Satyalingam, has a dream. Over four decades, she has strove to build a premier dance company in Singapore that is able to provide a career to Indian dancers. She firmly believes that continuous progression is needed to preserve heritage, develop new talents in the industry.
DEVATA (meaning angels in many Asian languages) – Friends of Apsaras Arts, is an exclusive membership programme which would serve as the keystone in Apsaras Art’s efforts to galvanise the community and corporates to contribute towards its growth and also to consolidate a fan base accumulated over decades to a sustainable membership community.
At the launch of DEVATA program, Apsaras Arts will be showcasing one of its successful dance production “The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma“, in which the painted epic heroines from selected paintings of Raja Ravi Varma come alive through dance. Known for their beauty, Raja Ravi Varma’s painted heroines were personifications of passion whose lives were filled with romance, love and tragedy. Hear their stories as they come to life through the language of dance.
This dance production premiered in 2011 in collaboration with Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and has toured the production to Adelaide Festival, Australia, Chennai Festival, India and MilapFest, UK.
Raja Ravi Varma (1848 – 1906) was an Indian painter and artist from the princely state of Travancore (presently in southern Kerala, India) who achieved recognition for his paintings depicting scenes from Indian literature and mythology including the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. He received widespread acclaim after he won an award for an exhibition at Vienna, Austria in 1873 as well as three gold medals awarded at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, USA in 1893.