Resource : THE HINDU
“It is a matter of great pride not only for all of us at Apsaras Arts, but also for the Indian dance community that the Indian classical dance is among the first six inaugural recipients of ‘Stewards of Singapore’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Award.’ Instituted by the National Heritage board of Singapore, this award is given to individuals or groups dedicated to the promotion and transmission of intangible cultural heritage in Singapore. This award recognises our founder’s vision to celebrate local traditions and arts, nurturing young talents to be showcased internationally,” says Aravinth Kumarasamy, artistic director of Apsaras Arts, Singapore.
The institution in a way is an offshoot of Kalakshetra, where Neila and Satyalingam spent nearly 20 years, initially as students and later, as faculty besides being a part of Rukmini Devi’s Ramayana series. When they moved to Singapore, they established Apsaras Arts in 1977 to teach and promote Indian classical dance in Singapore. They achieved great success in this pioneering effort and their contributions were recognised by the Government of Singapore and Neila Satyalingam was honoured with the highest civilian award, the Culture Medallion.