Ragamala Dance Company celebrates 30 years with the Wallace Foundation’s new artistic initiative
On July 31, 2022, Ragamala Dance Company celebrates thirty years of activating art as citizenship. To honor this milestone, they have been selected to participate in the Wallace Foundation’s new five-year arts initiative focused on arts organizations of color to foster equitable improvements in the arts.
Through this initiative, Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy will prioritize equity through shared humanity – from carefully researched performance projects to rigorous educational programs; to connect communities across perceived boundaries to serve as an incubator for South Asian artists. Join Ragamala as they turn 30 and embark on this ambitious and exhilarating opportunity for seismic growth. Help Ragamala reach her goal of raising $25,000 by July 31, 2022. Donations of any amount will make all the difference. To donate, visit https://secure.givelively.org/donate/ragamala-dance/ragamala-turns-30.
Each year, Ragamala’s efforts to strengthen the South Asian American experience deepen. Even throughout the pandemic, Ragamala hosted 102,733 virtual viewers. With the return to live programming, Ragamala had 9,168 in-person viewers. In response to recent performances at the American Dance Festival, an audience member said, “Thank you for what you are doing to shine a light on our dance tradition to make it an equal player in the cultural landscape of this country.”
About Ragamala Dance Company
Ragamala Dance Company is the vision of award-winning mother/daughter artists Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy. Over the past four decades, Ranee and Aparna’s practice in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam has altered the trajectory of culturally rooted performing arts in the United States to create an exemplary company in the American dance landscape. . Through intimate solos and large-scale theatrical works for the stage, Ranee and Aparna enhance the South Asian American experience. By engaging the dynamic tension between ancestral wisdom and creative freedom, they reveal the kindred relationship between ancient and contemporary that today’s world urgently needs. With Aparna Ramaswamy as the principal dancer, Ragamala has been commissioned and performed across the United States, India and abroad, highlighted by the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Joyce Theater (New York) , Lincoln Center (New York), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), American Dance Festival (Durham, North Carolina), The Soraya (Southern California), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT), Cal Performances (Berkeley), Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Just Festival (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India) and National Center for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), among others. ragamaladance.org.