Acclaimed as one of the Indian Diasporaâ€™s leading dance ensembles, Ragamala seamlessly carries the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam into the 21st century. Informed by the echoing past and the fleeting present, Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamyâ€™s evocative choreography defies chronology.
Ranee and Aparna â€” mother and daughter â€” are protĂ©gĂ©s of the legendary dancer and choreographer Alarmel Valli, known as one of Indiaâ€™s greatest living masters. They embrace the philosophy, spirituality, myth and mysticism of their heritage to create not works but worlds â€“ visceral, universal experiences that use Indian art forms to express their contemporary point of view. They see the classical form as a dynamic, living tradition with vast potential to convey timeless themes and present-day ideas.
Ragamala has toured extensively, highlighted by performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Music Center in Los Angeles, CA, Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA, Krannert Center in Urbana, IL, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia, and National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.