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CommissionsSong of the Jasmine

Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa

Song of the Jasmine freely moves between past and present, composition and improvisation, music and dance. Ragamala Dance’s directors Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa for an investigation of identity that conjures the past in order to experience the power of the present. Guided by the rich poems of the Tamil Bhakti poet Andal, the new work embodies the spiritual and the sensual that are the lifeblood of the Indian psyche. Mahanthappa’s new ensemble features Rez Abbasi (guitar), V. K. Raman (South Indian flute), Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam, south Indian drum), and Anjna Swaminathan (violin) for a live soundscape of jazz and Carnatic music for five Ragamala dancers.

Aparna Ramaswamy

Art and photo by Ed Bock

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Photo: ACT / Jimmy Katz