Esplanade Presents




18 Nov 2022, Fri, 7.30pm & 10pm


(Intermission: None)

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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Dance meets theatrical storytelling in this performance by dancers of Bharataa Arts. Titled Aaru, which means both ‘river’ and the number six in Tamil, this performance depicts how good triumphs over evil through the ritual celebration known as Soorasamharam.


In Tamilnadu, the river Thamirabarani meanders through nature and towns, connecting the lives of the people living on its banks. It eventually meets the ocean at Thiruchendur, the coastal city that boasts the beautiful temple of Murugan, who also represents the six-faced Aarumugan. Here, both the river and temple are closely intertwined with the lives of village folk, who stage and pay witness to the temple ritual Soorasamharam. This ritual recreates Lord Murugan’s vanquishing of Soorapadman, who represents the six enemies of the mind: lust, greed, attachment, arrogance, jealousy and anger. Thus, Soorasamharam symbolises the victory of good over evil.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.  No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information


Aaru is formed by five dancers of Bharathaa Arts who have come together in this journey to share their love for dance, history and music on a beautiful stage. Amidst their busy schedules, they enjoy coming together to explore time, history, space and the human condition as they work on their choreographic debut. Aaru is the amalgamation of their shared passion for dance.

Date & Time

18 Nov 2022, Fri


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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