Under the direction of mother-daughter team Ranee Ramaswamy (BF’96) and Aparna Ramaswamy (BF’02), Ragamala Dance Co.’s work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary.

As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies in between.

For the past 30 years, Ranee and Aparna have created their own specific sub-genre that combines a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos. And they are heralded worldwide, receiving high praise from The New York Times and The Huffington Post, as well as countless awards and special honors, the most recent of which is the 2016 Joyce Award.
The company’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University.