Esplanade Presents


IPAC 2022: Anubandh – Connectedness

In collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company for Indian Performing Arts Convention 2022
Malavika Sarukkai (India)

10 Sep 2022, Sat, 8pm

1hr 45mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Conceptualised and choreographed by Malavika Sarukkai, Anubandh – Connectedness is a response to the isolation, loneliness and trepidation arising from the pandemic. Exploring the essential relationship between nature and our lives, this piece seeks to recognise and reclaim humanity’s primordial relationships with natural elements: the sun and the moon, as well as the pancha mahabhutas (the five great elements) honoured in India: prithivi (earth), apah (water), agni (fire), vayu (wind) and akasha (space).

The artist invites you to journey with her—from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the known to the unknown—as the narrative moves from the personal to the shared, the individual to the collective. The work reinforces our deep links with the great elements—the generosity of planet Earth, the rejuvenating powers of water, the caressing pleasure (sukha) of the wind, the unending depth of sorrow (dukha) in fire, the wonderment in sensing space, and knowing that the same life-breath (prana) pervades us all.

At a time of uncertainty in a fractured world, Anubandh – Connectedness is a call to the transformative power of hope.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu
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Artist Information

Malavika Sarukkai

Born in 1959, Tamil Nadu, Malavika Sarukkai is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer. She began learning bharatanatyam at the age of seven and trained under Kalyanasundaram Pillai (Tanjavur school) and Rajaratnam (Vazhuvoor School). She also learned abhinaya under Kalanidhi Narayanan as well as odissi with renowned gurus Kelucharan Mohapatra and Ramani Ranjan Jena.


She made her debut at the age of 12 in Mumbai and has performed at many places in India and abroad, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, USA), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC, USA) and in Chicago. Her life and work have been recorded by way of a documentary, Samarpanam, commissioned by the Government of India. She was also featured in a television documentary by BBC/WNET under the title, Dancing: The Unseen Sequence. Exploring Bharatanatyam Through the Art of Malavika Sarukkai is another documentary made about her, which has been screened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai.


A 2002 winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, she was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.

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10 Sep 2022, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio
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