Through an ancient southern Indian dance form, Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance interpret worship of sacred waters. Here, they talk about how they blend art forms to tell a story in their latest work, Ihara: Sacred Waters at the Southern Theater. Educators' Guide

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Combining the technical complexity Bharatanatyam with the underlying spirituality of the stories they perform, Ragamala has made a name for them in Minnesota and beyond. Their yearly performances at the Southern Theater almost always sell out. That’s because each are so distinct, so exquisite, and so accessible to all audiences. Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy are the mother daughter collaborators behind the company. Aparana came to the U.S. in 1978 and has taught dance ever since. Both are committed to the authenticity of Bharatanatyam, but have also collaborated with other musicians and dancers-blues and jazz, to name a couple- to take the dance to a new level.

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