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Smriti Padha (Memory Route)


Fri Sep 4 2015, 8:00pm–9:20pm
Sat Sep 5 2015, 8:00pm–9:20pm

Where: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place, Raffles Place, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $60.00
  • General Admission: $40.00
  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


In this epic tale of rivalry, experience the intense and sublime beauty of Kathakali , or "story-play", and other traditional Indian dance forms seldom seen in Singapore.

A treacherous game of dice, a kingdom lost and a wife humiliated - so goes Dussasana Vadham (The Slaying of Dussasana), a story that cuts to the emotional core of the Mahabharata, the great Sanskrit poem of ancient India which centres on the struggle for sovereignty between the rival Pandava and Kaurava clans.

Dussasana Vadham was first staged in Singapore's old Victoria Theatre in 1954 by dancers from Kerala Kalamandalam, the renowned and unique performing arts university in Kerala, India. The group was led by its founder Vallathol, a renowned poet. The late KP Bhaskar, a classical Indian dance maestro, was part of the committee responsible for bringing the group to Singapore. This performance motivated Bhaskar to start a Kathakali group in Singapore.

This emotional and dramatic performance now returns to the Victoria Theatre, over 60 years later, in the form of Smriti Padha (Memory Route) - a brand-new dance performance inspired by the same story and told through the enchanting forms of Kathakali, Kalaripayattu and Mohiniyattam .

Smriti Padha once again features some of Kerala Kalamandalam's finest dancers, who rank amongst the best in the Indian subcontinent. They will perform with dancers from Bhaskar's Arts Academy - the only Kathakali performing group outside of India. The prologue and epilogue are choreographed by local dance legend Santha Bhaskar, and will showcase these young talents from India and Singapore as they weave a breathtaking tapestry of war, revenge, love, and peace through dance. Together, these gifted performers will breathe new life into one of India's oldest legends.