Aparna Nambiar, a Life sciences graduate from NUS, began training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 in India. She has been in Singapore since 2004 and has been training and performing extensively under Singapore Cultural Medallion winner, Mrs. Santha Bhaskar. A passion for the arts diverted her career from research labs in bio sciences, to the NUS Center For the Arts in 2008. Aparna is currently working part-time as a research scholar at ISEAS and is developing a narrative in the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, based on the Nalanda University and its relevance as an important cultural symbol for Asia. Working closely with NUS Indian Dance and Mrs Bhaskar, her work was showcased as a series of performances between March 2010 and March 2011, under the umbrella of the NUS Arts Festival organized by the NUS Center For the Arts.