Bhaskar’s Arts Academy’s upcoming dance production SINGAI SATHIR takes the traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire on an experimental journey.

The term Sathir originated as early as the 6th century. Unmarried women called Theva Dasikal, who dedicated their life to the service of God, performed the Sathir dance. These women were highly spiritual and were well respected. Although things went into a period of darkness for a while, Sathir eventually emerged as Bharatanatyam, and along with the name change came a status of respect.

Fast forward to present day. With globalisation, new expressions and vernacular have developed as Bharatanatyam intertwined with local cultures and traditions, while still retaining its original structure and form.

Now, under the Artistic Direction of Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar, Bhaskar’s Arts Academy explores future possibilities, drawing on various elements of the little red dot, be it in the literary, cultural or artistic forms, and emerges with a unique Singaporean identity. Hence the title Singai Sathir, which literally means the Dance of Singapore.

“The traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire is not likely change in the near future. Neither are we trying to create a new dance form. We were just game to explore and are ourselves amazed at the possibilities. For example, who would have thought that Zapin* moves and Jathiswaram would make an ideal couple?” shares Santha Bhaskar.


9 June 2018, 8pm
10 June 2018, 6pm
Goodman Arts Centre Black Box, Singapore