Esplanade Presents

Music | Dance


Nitya Sriram, Nishanth Thiagarajan, Sai Akileshwar, Pavan Sughosh, Guru Sreeliji Sreedharan (Singapore)

13 Aug 2023, Sun, 6pm & 7pm


(Intermission: None)

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Join this collective of artists as they present excerpts from a traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire. Explore the art of expression and storytelling, the beauty of pure dance, and witness how carnatic music and dance can come together in this performance.

Language: English, Telugu & Sanskrit
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Artist Information

Guru Sreeliji Sreedharan

Guru Sreeliji started learning bharatanatyam at the age of four, under Guru Sudha Vinu, a disciple of the Dhananjayans. Having earned a first-class Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma in bharatanatyam from the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts Kalakshetra, Chennai, Sreeliji went on to make a mark with performances around the world like China, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. As part of the Kalakshetra Repertory Company, Sreeliji has performed at prestigious platforms like The National Games, Soorya Festival and at the 125th anniversary celebrations of Jawaharlal Nehru in Delhi, to name a few. Sreeliji joined the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) as a bharatanatyam tutor in July 2015 and since then has been a regular face in all productions of SIFAS like Prakruti Vikruti and Natya Yatra. Sreeliji is a highly sought after guru at SIFAS, having conducted five arangetrams and guided many students to win the Best Student Award and Natya Visharad under her tutelage.

Nishanth Thiagarajan


Nishanth completed his Carnatic Vocal Diploma at Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, graduating with the title award “Sangeetha Visharad”. Since then, he has been under the tutelage of Sri Delhi Muthukumar in Chennai.


In 2014, Nishanth was awarded the best male vocal artist at the prestigious Spirit of Youth Festival organized by the Music Academy, Madras. He is a ‘B’ graded artist of the All India Radio, Chennai. In Singapore, Nishanth has clinched the first prizes of both intermediate and open categories in the National Indian Music Competitions conducted by National Arts Council Singapore.


Nishanth is a frequent performer in Singapore and Chennai, and is a practising doctor in Singapore.

Nitya Sriram


Nitya Sriram, student of Guru Sreeliji Sreedharan, is a bharatanatyam Diploma holder from Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), and is a Natya Visharad award winner. She has performed extensively as a solo artist in Singapore, performing in festivals such as SIFAS Festival of the Arts 2017 and 2023, Bhaskar’s Arts’ Bhaskareeyam Prasaantham series for upcoming artists 2023, and collaborated with her college, Yale-NUS College, to present Nrithyabhakthi, a solo recital, in 2018. She is a company dancer with Apsaras Arts Dance Company, a premiere performing arts company in Singapore. She has been a part of Nirmanika Reimagined, held at Victoria Theatre, Arisi:Rice, held at Esplanade Theatres, and has toured with the company to Chennai and Paris where she performed in esteemed venues such as the Madras Music Academy, Kalakshetra Foundation’s Bharata Kalakshetra, and Paris’s La Seine Musical.

Pavan Sughosh

Sughosh Pavan hails from a musical family. His gurus include Sri B Raghuram, Sri B.U. Ganesh Prasad, Smt Charulatha Ramanujam, Sri H.S.Sudheendra. Accredited a high ‘B’ grade in All India Radio, he has collaborated with numerous artists across various prestigious Sabhas.


He has developed a mobile app called “talagroove”, a Carnatic practice tool which can record with a visual metronome

Sai Akileshwar


A fine and versatile performer, Akilesh is a sought after percussionist across fields beyond the Indian Classical paradigm. His sound has been described by critics as a pleasing blend of virtuosity and aesthetics. Akilesh has represented Singapore regionally in numerous festivals and conferences namely ANMC Bangkok 2010, Asem V Kuala Lumpur 2012 and “roots and traditions” Manila 2017. Apart from composing and arranging, his new love is to spread the art of konakkol (art of performing percussive syllables vocally). Akilesh has worked/collaborated with international artists such as Guy Manoukian, Paul Erhard, Rakesh Chaurasia and U Rajesh. He has also worked with prominent local groups such as SA Collective, Nadi Singapura and is part of Varsha, an Indo-Jazz fusion outfit that consists of his brother Vignesh, Dr Tony Makarome and Mohamed Noor. He was awarded National Arts Council’s Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient for the year 2012, and has completed his Masters in Indian rhythms.

Date & Time

13 Aug 2023, Sun


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