Singapore: The Indian Performing Arts Convention is presented annually by Apsaras Arts Dance Company in Singapore and Australia, since 2012, to inspire practicing artistes of Indian classical music and dance in Asia Pacific. The convention includes Master Classes, Workshops, Lecture Demonstrations, Performances, Residencies, Choreographer and Composer Labs, Book Launches, Exhibitions, Film Screenings and Symposiums, curated and convened by Aravinth Kumarasamy, recipient of the Singapore’s Cultural Medallion Award (2022), Artistic Director of Apsaras Arts Dance Company.
This year, IPAC 2023 is back bigger and stronger with unique programming targeting practitioners, teachers and students of Indian dance and music, researchers, scholars, composers and choreographers, and arts enthusiasts.
IPAC 2023 Singapore is curated by Apsaras Arts Dance Company (Singapore) and presented in collaboration with Esplanade Theatres on the Bay (Singapore).
IPAC 2023 Singapore will feature:
1. Masterclasses in Bharatanatyam, and Carnatic Music.
2. Lecture demonstrations by experts, scholars, and leading practitioners in dance and music
3. Performance Showcases by international artists presenting concerts in Bharatanatyam, Kudiattam and Mohiniattam, and Carnatic Music
4. Participants of the Masterclasses will have an opportunity to perform at the IPAC2023 Singapore celebratory concert performance.
Participants registering for the full IPAC2023 Singapore program as a DELEGATE will get access to specific sessions of the Masterclasses and complimentary access to the Lecture Demonstration sessions.
Details of Master Classes
Carnatic Violin Master Classes
Foundation – 10th to 11th June (AM)
Advance – 10th to 11th June (PM)
Kids Dance Immersion – 17th to 18th June (AM)
Foundation – 18th June (am), 19th to 20th June (PM)
Intermediate – 17th to 23rd June ( Full day)
Advance – 17th to 23rd June ( Full day)
Teachers’ Training – 19th to 20th June (Full day) and 21st June (AM)
Details of Workshops and Lecture Demonstrations
Workshop 1: Finding the Poetry in Nritta by Shankar Kandasamy
Saturday, 17th June 2023 4PM to 6PM
Talk 1: Nataraja and Cosmos by Dr V.R Devika
Sunday, 18th June 2023 5PM to 6PM
Lec Dem 2: Colors of Music by Embaar Kannan
Monday, 19th June 2023 4PM to 5PM
Lec Dem 3: Thyagaraja Ramayanam by Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant
Monday, 19th June 2023 5PM to 6PM
Lec Dem 4: Kshetra specific Sancharis for Traditional Varnams by Rama Vaidyanathan Tuesday, 20th June 2023 4PM to 5PM
Lec Dem 5: Nintha Sthuthi by Mohanapriyan Thavarajah
Tuesday, 20th June 2023 5PM to 6PM
Lec Dem 6: Movement and their Meanings by Ramaa Bharadvaj
Wednesday, 21st June 2023 4PM to 5PM
Lec Dem 7: Madana Vilasam- Cupid’s play by Bragha Bessel
Wednesday, 21st June 2023 5PM to 6PM
Workshop 2: Bhava Rasa by Kapila Venu
Thursday, 22nd June 2023 4PM to 6PM
Talk 2: Dance found Rukmini Devi Arundale by Dr V.R Devika
Friday, 23rd June 2023 4PM to 5PM
Talk 3: Kamala- The Fragrance of a Legend by Ramaa Bharadvaj
Friday, 23rd June 2023 5PM to 6PM
Lec Dem 8: Enchanting the Enchantress by Dr. Methil Devika
Saturday, 24th June 2023 10AM to 11AM
Performance: Tarkka Paatu : A witty discourse on Tamil Folk poetry by Ramaa Bharadvaj Saturday, 24th June 2023 11.30am to 12.45pm
Details of Lunch Time Talks
Lunch Time Talk 1
For The Love of Dance – Book publication by Bhaskar’s Arts Academy A conversation with Ms Thava Rani Mohan, on their recent book publication on the life of Singapore’s Dance Pioneers Mr K.P Bhaskar and Mrs Santha Bhaskar. Monday 19th June 1:30PM
Lunch Time Talk 2
Dance of divine through my lens by Suresh Easwaran
Singapore’s photographer shares an illustrated talk on his journey in capturing the Gulikan, Kandanarkelan, Pottan, Muthappan and Kodoth chamundi traditions of Theyyam dance rituals across north Kerala. Wednesday 21st June 1:30PM
Tickets for IPAC Masterclass, Workshops and lecture demonstrations are available at : https://ipac.ticketer.sg/
Details of Showcase Performances
Strings of Gold
Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, in collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company
IPAC Violin and Mridangam delegates (India and Singapore) on 17 Jun 2023, Sat, 8PM
Acclaimed violinist Embar S Kannan conducts an ensemble of Carnatic violins to bring the music of great composers to the stage. Intertwined with melodic interludes, harmonies embellishing compositions and pieces, this concert features young and up-and-coming violinists and percussionists with music arranged and orchestrated by Embar S Kannan.
Violin delegates include Sreeranjani Muthusubramanian, Vedagnya Narasimha, Laya Mahesh and Shiv Darshan Suresh. Percussion delegates include Pranav Swaminathan and Siddhanth Anand.
Samavaya – A Euphonic Co-existence
Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, In collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company
The NP Collective (Singapore) on 18 Jun 2023, Sun, 8PM
Experience the magic of Samavaya in one unforgettable night of music! Led by award winning composer and flautist Niranjan Pandian, The NP Collective will showcase a range of original compositions that masterfully marries the Carnatic music with the sounds of jazz, blues, funk and pop, highlighting the unique fusion of these diverse genres. Be prepared to be utterly entranced by intricate rhythms and captivating melodies inspired by ragas.
This performance is part of the IPAC Music Residency Programme, mentored by legendary musician U Rajesh. This programme is supported by Arte Compass.
Mahishasuravadham – The slaying of Mahishasura
Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, in collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company
By Kapila Venu with Kalamandalam Rajeev, Kalamandalam Hariharan and Kalanilayam Unnikrishnan (India) on 23 Jun 2023, Fri, 8PM
Inspired by Devi Mahatmyam and Devi Bhagavatham, this performance rendered through koodiyattam—one of the oldest living theatre traditions of the world from Kerala, India— tells the classic tale of the slaying of Mahishasura by the goddess Devi.
Once a young man, Mahishasura was offered a boon by the divine Brahma upon the completion of his penance, lasting over ten thousand years. He asked to be immortal but was instead granted invulnerability against any man or male species who tried to kill him. As such, Brahma blessed Mahisahsura with death at the hands of a woman.
Having been granted his wish, Mahishasura became very powerful and conquered lands great and far, until there was none left to take over. He set his eyes out on claiming heaven, engaging the gods in a battle. However, due to his blessing, Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and Indra were all no match for him. They fled, finding refuge in the mountains to think of a solution to this problem.
The gods gathered their collective energy to create a massive light, from which the most resplendent and powerful devi emerged on a ferocious lion, with eighteen arms all wielding different weapons. She created fear in the heart of the asuras and awe in the heart of the gods, and set out towards the battlefield blowing her conch.
Provoked by the sound, Mahishasura sought Devi out and immediately fell in love with her beauty. He sets out to the battlefield in disguise, and is struck by the arrows of Kama, the god of love. He made a marriage proposal to Devi, followed by a threat: either marry him or face a battle.
His words infuriated Devi, who immediately set out to battle with Mahishasura. Devi drank over and over from her chalice of wine and when drunken, beheaded Mahishasura. Thus, Devi restored balance in the world and restored heaven back to the gods. This programme is supported by Mudra Cultural Society, Singapore.
Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, in collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company Mohanapriyan Thavarajah (Singapore) on 24 Jun 2023, Sat, 8PM
Mentored by IPAC Residency faculty Priyadarsini Govind, Mohanapriyan Thavarajah presents a thematic bharatanatyam performance, “Skanda Rasam,” featuring compositions about the divine Murugan.
This multi-faceted showcase features five segments: an alarippu based on the dance of the peacock, a varnam based on the epic stories of Murugan, the work Skanda Rasam, which explores the six rasas through the six faces of Murugan, completed with a virutham and followed by Lalgudi G Jayaraman’s thillana composition.
Music composition by Dr Rajkunar Bharathi and recording performed by G Shrikanth (vocals), Sheejith Krishna (nattuvangam), Embar Kannan (violin) and Sruti Sagar (flute), sound design and recording by Sai Sharavanam.
Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023, in collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company Dr Methil Devika (India) on 25 Jun 2023, Sun, 8PM
Originating in Kerala, India, mohiniyattam is a classical Indian dance form named after Mohini, a famous female avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. In Anaavaran, Dr. Methil Devika presents dance sequences that range from abstract to representational, with familiar and esoteric approaches.
Beginning from traditional mnemonic verses and moving through to local lore and cosmic symbols culminating in sutras, this showcase features a select few of her works from her myriad original performance creations in mohiniyattam. This programme is supported by Mudra Cultural Society, Singapore.