On a Vesak day holiday, a group of over 100 dancers and yogis from different races and nationalities are in ‘full-practice’ mode at one of Global Indian International School’s (GIIS) campuses in Singapore.
A clear sense of excitement prevails as they prepare, what a lot of them describe as, “once in a lifetime opportunity” of performing in front of the Prime Ministers of two great nations, India and Singapore; Narendra Modi and Lee Hsien Loong.
As Aravinth Kumarasamy, the artistic director of Apsaras Arts, keeps his watchful eye the large group prepare for a special show, a combination of Yoga and dance.
Explains Aravinth, “Anushasanam (Discipline) – The cosmic flow of yoga, is a dance and yoga performance depicting the benefits of the practice of yoga in awakening the energies that lie in the seven chakras of the human body. It draws inspiration from the selected text of the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras by sage Patanjali.”
Anushasanam will be performed on May 31 at the Marina Bay Sands convention centre, where a select group of over 6,000 will get to see what Aravinth with visible pride calls, a “World premier.”
On June 2, at the unveiling of a plaque at the site where Gandhiji’s ashes were scattered in Singapore on March 27, 1948, two of Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans will be performed. This intimate performance will have collective vocalists from Singapore.