Inspired by Maya Angelou and her poem Still I Rise , Maya Yatra (The Journey of Maya) follows the struggles and growth of a young woman in today's modern yet essentially patriarchal society.
Each stage of Maya's life is paralleled by legendary female characters from Indian epics such as Mahabharata's Shakuntala, Ramayana's Sita and Silappatikaram's Kannagi.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Santha Bhaskar, Maya Yatra is a poignant yet powerful portrayal of the resilience and immense strength of women across time, retold through the beautiful language of Bharatanatyam.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, NUS Indian Dance presents this landmark production that celebrates womanhood in the predominantly female troupe's history of achievements in Indian classical dance.
Established in 1977, NUS Indian Dance is a close-knit group of highly committed dancers that welcomes dancers into a dance family where growth and learning is encouraged. The group is faithfully guided by its Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Mrs Santha Bhaskar, a pioneer in the Indian cultural dance scene and Cultural Medallion recipient.
NUS Indian Dance pursues excellence in two styles of Indian dance – bharathanatyam and kathak – through rigorous and demanding training sessions aimed at maintaining high standards of performance. Dancers not only hone their dance skills but develop a deeper sense of self-confidence and cultural identity through their exploration of contemporary themes and concepts in every production.
Mrs Santha Bhaskar
Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer
A Cultural Medallion recipient (1990) for dance in Singapore, Santha Bhaskar is known for her distinctive choreography style and was awarded the Public Service Star (BBM), by the Singapore Government.on National Day 2016 as well. She is also the Artistic Director of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy.
A versatile choreographer, she has staged numerous productions from dance dramas to contemporary works in classical Indian dance as well as cross-cultural and experimental forms reflecting the unique Singapore identity. Over the years she has imbibed various influences such as Chinese, Malay, Thai and western dance styles in her choreography.
B.V.Balasai, hailing from a family of rich musical tradition, is an accomplished, well known and immensely popular flautist in the music generation today.
His remarkable modern outlook and adaptation to new ideas, has taken him to great heights, proving his versatility, not only in classical music but also in the film industry and fusion music as well.
He has performed extensively all over India and abroad. He has also released many albums to his credit, including a jazz music album with Australian Art Orchestra and Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani.
As a composer he has composed music and has done music direction for many Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance Ballets which includes Alchemyth, La Bayadere, The Quest, Andal Thiruppavai, and Navarasa. Balasai has also won several laurels, titles and awards from various sabhas institutions and organizations all over the country.