Apsaras Arts Dance Company
The Foundation supports Apsaras Arts in its vision to become a driving force for modernising Indian dance in the region.
Apsaras Arts was founded in Singapore in 1977 by Mr S Sathyalingam and Mrs Neila Sathyalingam, alumni and former faculty members of Kalakshetra, India. Both of them were recognised as pioneers of the arts in Singapore when the nation celebrated its golden jubilee in 2015, and Mrs Neila is the recipient of the Singapore’s Cultural Medallion. With over four decades of prolific international productions, Apsaras Arts has grown into a premier Indian dance company in the region that has gained recognition in Indian dance-theatre, enjoying successful performances and following worldwide.
Since 2005, under the leadership of Aravinth Kumarasamy, an award winning Artistic Director, Apsaras Arts has transformed into a premier professional performing company, focusing on creating new works which are presented at international festivals. Apsaras Arts dancers and musicians have toured to more than forty countries across the globe and collaborated with leading dance companies, legendary dancers, choreographers, composers and presenters from the international Indian dance fraternity.
Apsaras Arts is a non-profit registered charity in Singapore, and is the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council’s annual Major Grant scheme. The company is guided by an advisory board comprising eminent personalities connected with the arts community in Singapore and the region.
How We Helped
Modernising Indian Dance
The Foundation is supporting Apsaras Arts in its vision to become a driving force for modernising Indian dance in the region and globally. Apsaras Arts occupies a unique place in the region, as it is creating new repertoire for Indian dance that is being featured in many international festivals, more so than even dance troupes from India.