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Ragamala Dance Company

In India, the jasmine flower traverses the world of man and the world of the gods. This inspired new work freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance, delving into the concept of longing through the lens of recollection, appeal and total surrender.

Guided the rich poems of the Tamil Bhakti poet Andal, the Ragamala Dance Company's Song of the Jasmine embodies the spiritual and the sensual elements that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche. Mother and daughter choreographic team Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, known for his uninhibited musical culture-crossing.

Learn more about the dancers and musicians featured on this program and the traditional music and dance of India in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

  • Recordings: Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa is equally at home in the worlds of jazz and traditional music. Explore his eclectic musical palette in these recordings, available to be checked out of MSPAL for up to 7 days.
  • Film: Included on this list is the documentary Solo: 1X2, which follows dancers and choreographers Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy and five other McKnight Foundation dance fellowship winners and their choreographers as they create dances in different forms, including ballet, flamenco, bharata natyam and more. This documentary features interviews with 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist Ranee Ramaswamy and other nationally acclaimed dancers, and is a must-see for any dance fan.
  • Books: Learn more about bharata natyam and other traditional Indian dances from these scholarly resources.