Krishna Leela by Apsaras Arts


I recently discovered a Facebook group, Indian Arts Events in Singapore, a listing of South Asian performances and exhibitions, films (non-Bolly/Tolly/Kolly) and festivals. Now, daily, I sift through the spam and and search for dance performances to check out!

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Yesterday, I attended Krishna Leela by Apsaras Arts. Apsaras Arts was founded in 1977 by musician Shri S. Sathyalingam and choreographer Neila Sathyalingam, and has emerged as Singapore’s premier professional performing company. Krishna Leela, or The Divine Play of Lord Krishna, featured dances by all of Apsaras Arts’ dancers, from its artists-in-training to its most senior performers.

The first half of the evening’s program included several of the company’s youngest dancers. (Squee! Pint-sized dancers in full costume!) However, it was the second half of the evening’s programs—of exquisite performances by Apsaras Arts’ principal Bharatanayam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak dancers and senior faculty—that caught and held my attention.

Krishna Leela, at Alliance Française de Singapour on 1 Sarkies Road, closes on Saturday, August 23.