Alarmél Valli is guru to Ragamala Dance Company artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, who have been studying Bharatanatyam, a genre of Indian classical dance, under Valli since they met her in Minneapolis in 1984. Their training with this master artist formed the foundation of their aesthetic and has been fundamental to the work of the company.
In her art, Ms. Valli seamlessly weaves together threads of the sacred and the sensual, the human and the divine—a hallmark of classical Indian arts. Yet she is equally well known for her eloquent lectures on the multidimensional nature of dance. Here she will discuss the complex and integral roles that literature, poetry, and music play in her work and share her thoughts on the rich subtlety of some the great poetic traditions of South India.