What My Teacher Taught Me: Sahasra Sambamoorthi

Navatman Dance artistic director Sahasra Sambamoorthi studied bharata natyam with Ramya Ramnarayan for 14 years. Ramnarayan taught her how to showcase her individual strengths. “She works with the person in front of her. She doesn’t try to make us all the same dancer....

Up Next for Ragamala Dance Company

In this month’s issue, we got to know the women of Ragamala Dance Company in Minneapolis: Ranee, Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy. The mother/daughter team shared their remarkable path to becoming bharata natyam dancers, choreographers and leaders of a thriving company in...

An Indian Dance Matriarchy in Minneapolis

It’s a Sunday morning at the Gibney Dance Center in New York City, where Ranee Ramaswamy and her daughters Aparna and Ashwini are preparing for a photo shoot. Chattering and interrupting each other, they flit about as they text, drink coffee and appraise one...

Puja Mohindra: I Like a Teacher Who Actively Corrects Me

Photo by Susie Inverso, Crimson Cat Studios, courtesy of Silk Road Rising In our December issue, we hear what professional dancers have to say about their go-to teachers. Puja Mohindra Bharata natyam dancer formerly with Natya Dance Theatre Chicago, IL “It helps to...

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