SVAM (My Own) – An interpretation of dance as a personal philosophy


Title: Svam – My Own

Date: 4 Nov 2012

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: NUS University Cultural Centre Theatre


Ticket price: $27

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Bharathanatyam Dancer AnujaVaraprasad


Bharathanatyam has a codified structure and vocabulary, but the deeply spiritual and experiential nature of this vocabulary means that the dance form will resonate differently within each dancer. Every story is intrinsically personal, and Svam, which means belonging to me, or my own in Sanskrit, is one dancer’s attempt to put to form her own story. It is said that one can find whatever one seeks deep within, in and through dance. Svamendeavours to convey this dancer’s metaphysical search through music and movement.

Svam is an interpretation of dance as a personal philosophy. It is a subjective external depiction that the structured, sacred and spiritual form of Bharathanatyam is bigger than the dancer and life itself. The production explores intangible concepts of perfection, worship, love, oneness and peace that are yet intertwined with the tangible, physical art form.
The music for this Bharathanatyam presentation, specially composed by P.Sushanth, complements Shyamjith Kiran's insightful choreography.

About the Dancer
AnujaVaraprasad has been learning Bharathanatyam since the age of six, and has been a student of the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) since 1994. Under the tutelage of Smt Sitaravamma Sandrasegaran and Sri V Balagurunathan, she has completed the 8-year diploma course offered, and was awarded the 'Natyavisharad' title for her outstanding performance in both theory and practical examinations. She completed her Arangetram in 2006 and has performed in numerous dance dramas and solo productions in Singapore and India.

Anuja continues her training with SIFAS, under the guidance of Sanjit Lal, a graduate of Kalakshetra. Anuja views Bharathanatyam as an intellectual and spiritual exercise and hopes to pursue post-graduation in South Asian Studies one day.