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Ragamala Dance Company


Ragamala Dance Company
Written in Water

Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy,
Artistic Co-directors

Through dance, live music and vivid projections, Written in Water explores the heights of ecstasy and the depths of longing to connect the human with the transcendent.


Listen to Mythology & Sensuality in Bharatanaytam Dance. Ranee & Aparna Ramaswamy, artistic directors of Ragamala Dance Company, chat with Michael Bodel of the Hopkins Center for the Arts about their performance Written in Water.

The Moore Theater

The Top of the Hop Bar will be open 1 hour
prior to all shows in The Moore Theater.
Bring your ticket for $1 off any drink.


Written in Water unfolded like a dream—a feast for the eyes, ears and heart.” Tallahassee Democrat


“Soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious” (New York Times), the Minneapolis-based Bharatanatyam-style ensemble Ragamala is highly acclaimed for creating a genre of performance that brings together a Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos. Inspired by the second-century Indian board game Paramapadam (the precursor to Snakes & Ladders), Written in Water explores ecstasy, longing and transcendence in Hindu and Sufi thought. The dancers move through a space transformed by vivid projections, to a score composed and performed by Amir ElSaffar—known for his distinctive alchemy of contemporary jazz trumpet and Iraqi maqam—with a Carnatic musical ensemble.


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Written in Water is only the latest achievement by this company, now in its 25th season. The roots of the company go back to the 1980s in Minneapolis when Ranee Ramaswamy attended a performance by Alarmél Valli, the preeminent choreographer and performer of Bharatanatyam.


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Bharatanatyam Dance Master Class
Mon • September 17 • 4:30 pm
Straus Dance Studio, Alumni Gym • $10

Explore Bharatanatyam, focusing on the rhythmic and expressive vocabularies that are the underpinnings of the form. For ages 16+ with prior dance experience in any form.
Register here or call 603.646.2422.


Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and the Expeditions program of theNew England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.


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