Sate Kelinci Pak and Singapore Indian Fine
Arts Society (SIFAS)
Sate Kelinci Pak: 25 Jan – 8:15pm
SIFAS: 18 Jan – 9:00pm, 19 Jan – 6:00pm
Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi Duo Dance Performance
Original choreography by P K Geethanadhan and Amrita Lahiri, 2018- 2019
SIFAS is proud to present an exciting performance combining both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi to illustrate on the differences and similarities of both classical dance forms. The performance will showcase each dance form individually and then together in a duo performance, with songs which reflect on the theme of fragrance in the poetry of the lyrics and variety of ragas.
This Bharatanatyam-Kuchipudi duo jugalbandi presentation by teachers P K Geethanadhan and Amrita Lahiri seeks to educate on the diversity of the classical Indian dance forms and hearkens back to the vibrant past of dance and other performing arts which took place in Little India’s streetscape in the early 20th century.
P K Geethanadhan and Amrita Lahiri
The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) is Singapore’s pioneer academy in imparting the knowledge of Indian traditional and classical music, dance and arts. Founded in 1949, SIFAS is characterised by a high level of artistic excellence across all its disciplines. With a pan-Indian curriculum, it reflects the cultural diversity of a vast nation with a rich and ancient heritage.
Academic excellence underlies SIFAS’ approach with a structured curriculum, classes and examinations, along with in-depth teaching and artistic guidance.
SIFAS plays a role in the transformation of Singapore into a global city for arts as it offers the vast repertoire of Indian artistic traditions to Singapore students and nurtures local talent to excel in their genres.
SIFAS is pleased to present a special Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi duo dance performance by teachers P K Geethanadhan and Amrita Lahiri.Guru P.K Geethanadhan started learning dance at the age of five. He performed for 4 consecutive years in Kerala school youth festivals, scoring high grades and accolades for his dancing abilities. He completed his First Class Diploma and Post- Diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra, Chennai. He has performed at International Festivals like the Commonwealth Games in 2009 and in several countries like China, Cambodia, Laos in 2014 and Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia in 2015. In India, he has performed at prestigious platforms namely The National Games, Soorya festival, Brahmotsavam of Iscon temple, Svanubhava festival and the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Nehru in Delhi. Guru Geethanadhan joined SIFAS in July 2015.Guru Amrita Lahiri who hails from New Delhi is recognised as one of the foremost young performers of Kuchipudi today. She began learning at age 7 in Washington, D.C. studying under Anuradha Nehru until she shifted to New Delhi at age 15. After her Arangetram debut at the India International Centre in New Delhi in 1996, for which she was critically acclaimed as ‘first-class professional material’, she continued to perform Kuchipudi, and also started learning Bharatanatyam under Leela Samson. She has toured as a soloist in India, USA, Switzerland, South Korea, and Southeast Asia, presenting Kuchipudi from its traditional origins to its contemporary forms. Guru Amrita joined SIFAS in February 2017.