Esplanade Presents


Chitrakala Arts


19 Nov 2022, Sat, 7pm & 9.30pm


(Intermission: None)

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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Chitrakala Arts presents Ananda Odissi – The Dance of Joy.


The first dance features the evolution of mankind, represented through the Dashavatar, the 10 avatars of Lord Krishna. This is the first composition from the Gita Govinda, a compendium of 24 ashtapadis (Sanskrit hymns) by 12th century poet Jayadeva. Each avatar presents different challenges associated with that era, whereLord Krishna assists mankind in evolution, to overcome challenges and grow. At each stage of growth, the victories and milestones are recognised and celebrated, which perfectly segues into the second dance, the Basanta Pallavi, which celebrates spring, the season of hope, colors, beauty and flowers. Set in the background are the gardens of Brindavan, the land of Krishna, festive with music and dance with the lush colors of spring breathing hope into the lives of the common people. The dance sings the praises of Lord Krishna—his charm, his beauty and his valor.


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:
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Artist Information

Chitrakala Arts

Chitrakala Arts (Singapore) is a premier Indian classical dance school for Odissi and Bharatanatyam. Founder and Artistic Director Chitra Shankar is a well-known dancer, teacher and choreographer in both forms. For her contribution to the growth of Odissi in the Southeast Asia region, Ms. Chitra Shankar has been recognised as the Ambassador for Odissi in the region by Odissi International, India.


Chitrakala Arts has four centers in Singapore and has been providing online training since 2015 for its overseas students in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and India. The school holds annual master classes and workshops conducted by renowned teachers from India, and hosts an annual showcase, Nrityasangamam – Perform with Purpose. The performers for Kalaa Utsavam’s Dance Open Stage are students of Chitrakala Arts:


Kayalvizhi Mathivanan, a senior student and Assistant Teacher at Chitrakala Arts, who has completed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram and is pursuing her passion for dance with Odissi.


Kryisha Anjali Rajan, a Grade 12 student at Singapore American School who has also completed her Bharatanatyam and Odissi dual Aranga Pravesham in 2022.


Nimi Prasad, who was the first Singapore student in two decades to perform her Odissi Manch Pravesh in 2010.


Parvathy Varma, a student of NUS High School who is scheduled to perform her Manch Pravesh in Jan 2023.


Viksha Kothari, who has trained in Bharatanatyam for 10 years, is currently pursuing Odissi for the last year and is a student of Finance at Singapore Institute of Management.

Date & Time

19 Nov 2022, Sat


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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