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Thinking and Talking about Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia

The working processes of artists: Kavitha Krishnan

Kavitha Krishnan, creative director and co-founder of Maya Dance Theatre, shares about her start in the traditional dance form Bharatanatyam, and how she also incorporates contemporary techniques and practices into the company’s work. This video is conceptualised and directed by LASALLE students Yeo Siew Ju and Nikhita Ganesh, who share that they chose to interview Ms Krishnan because of how the company has become a “platform to bring contemporary Bharatanatyam to a wider mainstream audience and created a larger appreciation and impact for the art form both locally and internationally”. The video can also be viewed on YouTube.

Between February to April 2020, BA in Arts Management students from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, embarked on an artist documentation project as part of their module History & Contextual Studies: materials, methods, history. The first-year students were tasked with interviewing an artist to better understand an aspect of their practice – their processes and influences, issues they were interested in exploring through their artmaking – and to produce the result of the interview in the form of a video.

The students were given brief parameters for the project but creative freedom in how they executed the brief and shot and edited their videos. They were also allowed to select any artist to interview. Some immediately gravitated to an artist they admired, some selected from within their own artistic communities, while others chose artists they were unfamiliar with or simply curious about. Six of the best videos will be shown in partnership with ArtsEquator.


This interview with Kavitha Krishnan from Maya Dance Theatre is part of a video project by BA Arts Management students of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. For past videos in this series, click here.

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