Ragamala Dance and Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine

When 15 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
Where Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
Cost $30 ($26 Walker members)

Song of the Jasmine, Walker Commission/World Premiere

“Aparna Ramaswamy infuses the formal rigor of Bharatanatyam with fluid spontaneity and rock star allure.” —Dance Magazine

Taking inspiration from the transformative Bhakti poetry of medieval South India, Song of the Jasmine is a profound and deeply beautiful combination of innovation and tradition exploring notions of American identity, global citizenship, and the divine.

Choreographer/director Aparna Ramaswamy, in collaboration with her choreographic partner and co-artistic director Ranee Ramaswamy, lead the storied Ragamala Dance in an inspired new work with New York’s award-winning jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa. Heralded for his “roving intellect and a bladelike articulation” (New York Times), Mahanthappa heads a new quartet that features Rajna Swaminathan on mridangam (percussion), V. K. Raman on South Indian flute, and Rez Abbasi on guitar.

Related Event

Annual Ragamala Gala

Saturday, May 17, 5:30 pm
Walker Art Center

Ragamala’s annual gala evening begins with a social hour and dinner at the Walker’s Gather by D’Amico, followed by premium seating for the 8 pm performance of Song of the Jasmine. The program concludes with dessert, drinks, and a chance to meet and mingle with the artists.

Gala ticket price: $200. For information and tickets, please contact Joanna Lackram at 612.253.3556.


Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland). In honor of Dale Schatzlein (1948–2006) and his important work in dance and jazz in the Twin Cities, additional support is provided by Emily Maltz.


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