Page Series: Ragamala Dance
Founded in 1992, Ragamala Dance Co-Artistic Directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy’s creative aesthetic explores the dynamism of Bharatanatyam, from its ancient roots to its contemporary possibilities. Drawing from the myth and spirituality of their South Indian heritage, they make dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies in between. Called “soulful, imaginative, and rhythmically contagious” by The New York Times, Ragamala’s work has been presented around the world by such venues as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Lincoln Center (NY), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), among others.
Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man. Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. Performed with live music, the dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.