Artistic Directors + Company

Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala creates work that conveys a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of universal celebration. Now in its 22nd season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as, “movingly meditative… [Ragamala] showed how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” The company has been featured at the American Dance Festival (North Carolina), Lincoln Center (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Music Center of Los Angeles (California), University Musical Society (Michigan), Just Festival (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Soorya Festival (Kerala, India), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India).

Ranee and Aparna’s work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, MAP Fund, The McKnight Foundation, New Music/USA, USArtists International and the Japan Foundation, and has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (New York), the Krannert Center (University of Illinois), the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland), and the American Composers Forum. Ranee and Aparna were jointly named “2011 Artist of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Their upcoming work, Written in Water, has been selected for a development residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). 

Ragamala Dance Company tours regularly with a company comprised of 4-6 dancers and 4-5 musicians, plus 1-3 staff and crew.

Aparna Ramaswamy

Artistic Director/ Choreographer/ Principal Dancer

Ranee Ramaswamy

Founder/ Artistic Director/ Choreographer/ Principal Dancer

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Photos by Ed Bock, Bonnie-Jean MacKay, Emily Maltz, Pat O’Laughlin, Raman Bros Photography and Jonathan Chapman Photography