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Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels

Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels

Following the spectacular debut of Marabu – The First Ripple at Kalaa Utsavam 2019, we present the second installation of our dance trilogy, Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels. Leaping forward from the 11th century, this chapter picks up in the late 18th century at the cusp of the Dutch surrender of Malacca to the British empire, capturing the fleeting moments in the lives of Indian sepoys who arrived with the English. Set against a backdrop of mundane duties, harsh punishments and quiet discontent, this contemplative production allows instances of compassion and redemption to shine through...

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Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels

Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels

Following the spectacular debut of Marabu – The First Ripple at Kalaa Utsavam 2019, we present the second installation of our dance trilogy, Marabu – The Forgotten Sentinels. Leaping forward from the 11th century, this chapter picks up in the late 18th century at the cusp of the Dutch surrender of Malacca to the British empire, capturing the fleeting moments in the lives of Indian sepoys who arrived with the English. Set against a backdrop of mundane duties, harsh punishments and quiet discontent, this contemplative production allows instances of compassion and redemption to shine through...

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Pulary

Pulary

Pulary, meaning an auspicious dawn, is a compilation of three new solo works that represent a new beginning for stage performances for all artistes, post circuit breaker. These works choreographed by Santha Bhaskar, aspire to evoke the positive energies of the Universe, vivify and irradiate all creation just like the sun, and offer a glimpse of the promises of a new day. Originally intended to be presented as part of our Prasaantham series for Bhaskareeyam 2020, the works performed by Priyadarshini Nagarajah, Sarenniya Ramathas and Shruthilaya Ramachandran are part of the MCCY and the...

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Understanding the Natya Shastra

Understanding the Natya Shastra

Conducted by Kerala-based Sri Nimesh K Sharma, this 3-month online course is specially curated for dancers to gain a basic understanding of the voluminous Natya Shastra, the ancient encyclopedic treatise on the performing arts. Through this workshop, dancers will be exposed to the theory of dance and acquire a broader perspective of the art form they practise. Having completed his Post-Graduate in Mohiniattam at RLV College in Thripunithura, Sri Nimesh K Sharma went on to secure 2nd rank in MA Mohiniattam. An accomplished Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and Kuchippudi dancer, Nimesh is known for...

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Marabu – The First Ripple

Marabu – The First Ripple

Presented as the first part of a trilogy, the dance-theatre performance is set in the zenith of the Srivijayan empire and traces the passage of the Indian community from India to the Malay peninsula. This creative retelling of historical events revolves around the protagonist – a peasant – and his journey through the Chola invasion, that eventually leads to the construction of the Bhujanga Valley temples. Created specially for Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations, the collaborative piece will be presented as part of Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam 2019 and sees veteran artist and...

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Marabu – The First Ripple

Presented as the first part of a trilogy, the dance-theatre performance is set in the zenith of the Srivijayan empire and traces the passage of the Indian community from India to the Malay peninsula. This creative retelling of historical events revolves around the protagonist – a peasant – and his journey through the Chola invasion, that eventually leads to the construction of the Bhujanga Valley temples. Created specially for Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations, the collaborative piece will be presented as part of Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam 2019 and sees veteran artist and...

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Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass

Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass

Just as Carnatic musician Muthuswami Dikshitar was inspired by Scottish and Irish tunes and fashioned the Nottuswara collection, Anglo-Irish composer William Hamilton Bird collected Indian songs and melodies and published them with arrangements for voice and keyboard. If you are curious for a closer look at how the Indians and the British saw each other’s music, join us as we team up with Cappella Martialis, a group that specialises in early European music, and enjoy some of the two composers’ works from the 18th century. Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass 27 & 28...

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Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass

Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass

Just as Carnatic musician Muthuswami Dikshitar was inspired by Scottish and Irish tunes and fashioned the Nottuswara collection, Anglo-Irish composer William Hamilton Bird collected Indian songs and melodies and published them with arrangements for voice and keyboard. If you are curious for a closer look at how the Indians and the British saw each other’s music, join us as we team up with Cappella Martialis, a group that specialises in early European music, and enjoy some of the two composers’ works from the 18th century. Aatmadarsa – Through the Looking-Glass 27 & 28...

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Pulary

Pulary

Pulary, meaning an auspicious dawn, is a compilation of three new solo works that represent a new beginning for stage performances for all artistes, post circuit breaker. These works choreographed by Santha Bhaskar, aspire to evoke the positive energies of the Universe, vivify and irradiate all creation just like the sun, and offer a glimpse of the promises of a new day. Originally intended to be presented as part of our Prasaantham series for Bhaskareeyam 2020, the works performed by Priyadarshini Nagarajah, Sarenniya Ramathas and Shruthilaya Ramachandran are part of the MCCY and the...

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Kutrala Kuravanji

Kutrala Kuravanji

KUTRALA KURAVANJI is a celebrated Tamil poem composed circa 1718 by Tirikkuda Rasappa Kavirayar. This much revered literary text is going to be brought to life by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy in the form of a dance-drama production. It tells the story of Princess Vasanthavalli who has fallen deeply in love with Kutralanathar, the presiding deity of the temple in Kutralam. After hearing of his glory from her friends (sakhis), she dreams of him all the time and becomes inconsolable. Meanwhile, a gypsy woman (Kurathi) finds her way to the palace and through some astute observations wins over the...

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Body Conditioning Workshop for Dancers by Neewin Hershall

Body Conditioning Workshop for Dancers by Neewin Hershall

Dancers – want to move effortlessly on stage? This may just be what you are looking for! Conducted by Neewin Hershall, this 3-month workshop will help you improve your strength, flexibility and balance, and make you a more grounded and graceful dancer. Limited slots available for Workshops commencing in Apr 2019. Register now at https://tinyurl.com/BodyConditioningWorkshop.  Payment may be made online Purchase Ticket for this Event or at the Front Desk at Nrityalaya (#04-01 Bras Basah Complex). Deadline for registration and payment: 20 Mar...

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Manohra

Manohra

A cruel capture, young love, anguished separations, evil plots and challenging obstacles. The Thai folktale Manohra has it all. It tells the tale of the youngest Kinnari princess who is captured by a hunter and sold to a Prince from another kingdom. Love blooms between the Prince and Manohra but alas, part they must. Will there be a happy reunion? Conceptualised and choreographed by BAA’s Artistic Director Santha Bhaskar, Manohra first premiered for the Singapore Festival of Arts in June 1996 at the World Trade Centre Auditorium, and restaged again the same year at the same venue due...

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Manohra

Manohra

A cruel capture, young love, anguished separations, evil plots and challenging obstacles. The Thai folktale Manohra has it all. It tells the tale of the youngest Kinnari princess who is captured by a hunter and sold to a Prince from another kingdom. Love blooms between the Prince and Manohra but alas, part they must. Will there be a happy reunion? Conceptualised and choreographed by BAA’s Artistic Director Santha Bhaskar, Manohra first premiered for the Singapore Festival of Arts in June 1996 at the World Trade Centre Auditorium, and restaged again the same year at the same venue due...

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Masterclass by Prince Rama Varma

Masterclass by Prince Rama Varma

He’s back! Prince Rama Varma has graciously agreed to conduct another Carnatic Vocal Masterclass following requests from those who could not make it for the February sessions (and even from those who did!) Please register at https://tinyurl.com/RamaVarma to reserve your spot. Certificates of participation will be given to all...

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Singai Sathir

Singai Sathir

Sathir – an ancient dance form that is the precursor to Bharatanatyam.   Bhaskar’s Arts Academy is eager to share with you our take on how bharatanatyam can evolve further, drawing on various elements of our little red dot, be it in the literary, cultural or artistic forms, and emerging with a unique Singaporean identity.   The traditional Bharatanatyam margam is not likely to change in the near future, but we’re game to explore. Are you?   Singai Sathir 9 June 2018, 8pm 10 June 2018, 6pm Goodman Arts Centre Black Box Admission: $25   SOLD OUT for 9 June 2018!! Limited...

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Singai Sathir

Singai Sathir

Sathir – an ancient dance form that is the precursor to Bharatanatyam.   Bhaskar’s Arts Academy is eager to share with you our take on how bharatanatyam can evolve further, drawing on various elements of our little red dot, be it in the literary, cultural or artistic forms, and emerging with a unique Singaporean identity.   The traditional Bharatanatyam margam is not likely to change in the near future, but we’re game to explore. Are you?   Singai Sathir 9 June 2018, 8pm 10 June 2018, 6pm Goodman Arts Centre Black Box Admission: $25   SOLD OUT for 9 June 2018!! Limited...

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TRAYEE

TRAYEE

Male bharatanatyam dancers are a rarity. To catch three of the arguably most high-profile male artistes come together in a single event is definitely a gem of an opprotunity! Thank you Ajith Bhaskar, V Balakrishnan and Veshnu Narayanasamy for conceptualising and creating TRAYEE 22 Apr 2018 (Sun), 6.30pm NAS Black Box @ #04-01 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore This fundraiser event will also feature Bhuvan Anantham, Nrityalaya’s upcoming young male artiste groomed by Neewin Hershall, in the opening act.   Admission by kind donations – please support the Arts! Please contact Ms Valsala...

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Sangeetha Sagaram

Sangeetha Sagaram

Formed in 2015 with the intention of promoting the growth of Carnatic music in Singapore, Swathi Orchestra is Bhaskar’s Arts Academy’s youth orchestra. The name is in reference to the birth star of our founder Shri KP Bhaskar. Following Swathi Orchestra’s inaugural performance Raga Sandhya in Apr 2015, a core group was identified. After undergoing rigorous training sessions under the mentorship of Arasakumari Nagaradjane, the 13-member Swathi Orchestra has already wowed the audience in Ravikirana Anjali during Bhaskareeyam 2017. With the guidance of music director...

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Sangeetha Sagaram

Sangeetha Sagaram

Formed in 2015 with the intention of promoting the growth of Carnatic music in Singapore, Swathi Orchestra is Bhaskar’s Arts Academy’s youth orchestra. The name is in reference to the birth star of our founder Shri KP Bhaskar. Following Swathi Orchestra’s inaugural performance Raga Sandhya in Apr 2015, a core group was identified. After undergoing rigorous training sessions under the mentorship of Arasakumari Nagaradjane, the 13-member Swathi Orchestra has already wowed the audience in Ravikirana Anjali during Bhaskareeyam 2017. With the guidance of music director...

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Watch this space!

Another production is brewing….keep watching...

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