Esplanade Presents


IPAC 2023: Skanda Rasam

Indian Performing Arts Convention 2023 In collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company
Mohanapriyan Thavarajah (Singapore)

24 Jun 2023, Sat, 8pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

This event is over.

not cache

Mentored by IPAC Residency faculty Priyadarsini Govind, Mohanapriyan Thavarajah presents a thematic bharatanatyam performance, “Skanda Rasam,” featuring compositions about the divine Murugan.


This multi-faceted showcase features five segments: an alarippu based on the dance of the peacock, a varnam based on the epic stories of Murugan, the work Skanda Rasam, which explores the six rasas through the six faces of Murugan, completed with a virutham and followed by Lalgudi G Jayaraman’s thillana composition.


Music composition by Dr Rajkunar Bharathi and recording performed by G Shrikanth (vocals), Sheejith Krishna (nattuvangam), Embar Kannan (violin) and Sruti Sagar (flute), sound design and recording by Sai Sharavanam.

Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: Tamil
Things to Note:
Accessibility: We provide services and facilities for patrons with access needs. Concessions for persons with disabilities (PWDs) are available for selected shows. Read our accessibility guide.
Ticketing: Prices exclude ticketing agent’s booking fees. Entry to performance venues is granted to patrons with tickets that have been purchased through authorised ticket agents only. Read about ticketing or check our FAQs.
For information about late seating, photography and more, please read our general advisory.
With the growing threat of online phishing scams, please remain vigilant. Use official ticketing channels such as or and check that you are on legitimate websites before logging in to book tickets.
Artist Information

Mohanapriyan Thavarajah

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Mohanapriyan Thavarajah is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, researcher, designer, curator and writer. He is trained in the Indian classical dance styles of bharatanataym, kuchippudi and mohiniattam. While deeply rooted in tradition with innovative approach to bharatanatyam,  Mohanapriyanis recognised as an exceptional performer in the current generation of young male bharatanatyam artists in the world, who has created style distinct to his personality, well- received as “refreshing” by audiences across the world. 

He started learning bharatanatyam under the guidance of Smt Subithra Kirubaharan (disciple of Padmashri Adayar K. Lakshman) in Sri Lanka. Following his passion in dance he continued his training as a full-time bharatanatyam dance student at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts Trichy, under the tutelage of Smt Ogeswari Shanmuganathan (Kalakshetra Alumni & disciple of Smt Neila Sathyalingam, and Smt Sharada Hoffman), where he graduated obtaining gold medals in both Bachelors and Masters degrees in bharatanataym awarded by the Bharathidasan University.  He has also completed his MPhil in bharatanatyam at the Tanjore Tamil University, and is currently pursing PhD research in bharatanatyam in India. He has been trained in kuchipudi under the tutelage of Shri Kishore Mosalikanti from India. Mohanapriyan has been mentored by the renowned bharathanatyam dancer and choreographer Smt Priyadarsini Govind. 

Taking advantage of his intense style of dancing, Mohanapriyan’s performances are based on traditional repertoire of the form, while extending the technique and devolving new narratives through unique concepts which are thought- provoking, sharing different perspectives. He has travelled widely across the world for his performances at many international festivals, and regularly performs in the Chennai season in India. Mohanapriyan has been awarded many titles and awards in appreciation of his dynamic dance performances around the globe including the Bharatha Kala Mani by Apsaras Arts, Singapore. 

Mohanapriyan is the principal dancer and resident choreographer at Apsaras Arts dance company, Singapore.  Mohanapriyan shares his passion for dance by writing on dance related topics for leading publications and his maiden book Temple Dance of Apsaras: A Dancer’s View of the Angkor Watbased on his research on the Angkor Wat temple of Cambodia, was launched in 2019. 

Date & Time

24 Jun 2023, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Price $35 $22

Esplanade&Me Specials

Early Bird (2 – 4 May 2023, limited tickets)
Black & White: 20% savings
Discover: 15% savings (Min. of 2 tickets)


From 5 May, 9am (Limited tickets)
Black: 15% savings
White: 10% savings

Discover: 10% savings (Min. of 2 tickets)


Applicable to Standard tickets only. Terms and Conditions apply.

Not a member? Sign up for free!


Become a member

Three membership cards depicting each membership tier, Discover, White and Black.

Great arts experiences begin with Esplanade&Me. Join this membership to enjoy ticket specials on shows at Esplanade, early bird specials, promotions at Esplanade Mall, unlimited access to Offstage and more.

Never miss a show again. Get on our mailing list.