Current Festival

This year is doubly special as Singapore celebrates its 50th year of nationhood, and India joins in the celebration to felicitate 50 years of diplomatic relations with Singapore.

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KAVITA KRISHNAMURTI SUBRAMANIAM & SUJATA MOHAPATRA

OPENING NIGHT
SUR GATI - THE UNIVERSAL RHYTHM

Concert Hall, Esplanade, Singapore
7:30 p.m. Friday, August 21st

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'Padma Shri' Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam (view performances) performs with top Odissi soloist Sujata Mohapatra (view performances) in a unique collaboration!

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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

'WHY DO WE DANCE? AS MENAKA, MOHINI OR MAHESH?'
Recital Studio, Esplanade, Singapore
10:00 a.m., Saturday August 22nd

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Dr.Devdutt Pattanaik (view performances) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management.

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Meenakshi Venkatraman

DEVI-Forms of the Feminine
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore 3:00 p.m., Sunday August 23rd

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Samarpana Festival's Upcoming Artiste slot features Meenakshi Venkatraman, (view performances) a student of Shruti-Laya Dance School, Singapore.

Meenakshi completed her arangetram in June 2014. She went on to give a solo performance during the 2014 December Season in Chennai.

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Aakash Odedra Company

RISING
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore
8:00 p.m., Saturday August 22nd

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Aakash Odedra (view performances) has the dynamic dance energy to attract such top-tier choreographers as Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Russell Maliphant, who have each set new pieces for him in this program.

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Kalpana Raghuraman

THROUGH THE EYES OF MY CITY
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore
3:00 p.m., Saturday August 22nd

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Choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman (view performances) is based in Brussels and in the Netherlands.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Sensuality in dance- the fine line between evocative and provocative
library@esplanade, Esplanade
5:30 p.m., Sunday August 23rd

Featuring Dr Stephanie Burridge of La Salle, Singapore and Deepak Mazumdar, Bharatanatyam guru from Mumbai, among the panellists, the panel discusses the limits of sensuality in a classical dance form.

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LALITANJALI (Led by Lalitha Vaidyanathan) and SHIJITH NAMBIAR & PARVATHY MENON

UPASANA
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore
8:00 p.m., Sunday August 23rd

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Sunday night is dedicated to the joyous LalitAnjali group, led by the inimitable Lalitha Vaidyanathan, who collaborates with stunning Indian dancer duo Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon (view performances) - Upasana is our homage to the 50 years of friendship between India and Singapore.

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Artistes 2014

Held at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Samhati performed by Priya Sisters and Abhinava Dance Company
Enra performed by Enra
Niram performed by Madhavi Chandran
Agni performed by Upcoming Artiste Divya Ramesh (divyaramesh.com)
Dhaara- the Flow of Divinity performed by Gayatri Sriram, WeCanDoIt, Shruti Laya Dance and Mudrika Foundation

Panel discussion on where a training in classical art forms can lead you

Presentation by V Sriram on Bangalore Nagarathnammal based on his book The Devadasi and the Saint


Artistes 2013

Held at Drama Centre, NLB

Dhruv-Gati performed by Gundecha Brothers and Kumudini Lakhia's Kadamb troupe
The Cruel Gardens performed by Miguel Angel, Soren Niewelt, Flamenco Sin Fronteras
Chitrangada performed by Amrita Lahiri
Feathered Fables performed by Shruti Laya, Zaini Tahir and the NUS Dance Ensemble and L'Academie de Danse
Sankhya performed by Upcoming Artiste Diya Gopalan

Presentation by V Sriram on the Devasasis of Georgetown
Panel discussion on Dilution of Classical Dance forms


Artistes 2012

Held at NUS UCC Theatre

Saayujya performed by Priyadarsini Govind and TM Krishna
In Breath performed by Sardono Kusumo and Ananya Chatterjea
Vision of Forever performed by Ramli Ibrahim and the Sutra Dance Company
Yagnaseni performed by Gayatri Sriram
Uttara performed by Upcoming Artiste Tanvi Bhaskar

This year the festival runs from Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 23rd 2015 at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore.