Aravinth Kumarasamy

Beyond Borders: The Creative Odyssey of Aravinth Kumarasamy               

By Anjana Anand

Giving up a high-flying corporate job to work in the arts full-time takes a giant leap of faith. Aravinth Kumarasamy did just that and can look back today with a sense of achievement and pride as the receiver of Singapore’s prestigious Cultural Medallion for artistic excellence. It is rare to find a multi-faceted artist with administrative and business experience.

Apsaras Arts was founded in 1977 by S. Sathyalingam and Neila Sathyalingam (alumni of Kalakshetra), and it emerged in its new avatar when Aravinth took the mantle in 2005. It seems as if his entire artistic learning was gearing him for this new responsibility. Under his leadership, Apsaras Arts is now a centre of learning and a fully-fledged repertory company that performs on international stages.

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