Oral History Collection

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India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Ranee Ramaswamy
DATE: November 17, 1994
PLACE:
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ranee Ramaswamy was born India, where she attended school and college. In Minnesota, she renewed her involvement with dance and also was active in the Tamil Association. She travels to India frequently to study dance there, and is a founder of the Ragamala Dance Theater. She has received several McKnight fellowships for dance, has performed widely, and teaches dance in Minnesota.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Her childhood; family values and expectations; relations with family members, extended families; marriage; moving to the United States; participating in dance performances, and traveling back to India annually to study Bharatha Natyam, classical Indian dance; Minnesota Dance Alliance; winning fellowships and grants; poet Robert Bly; establishing the Ragamala Dance Theater; mixing traditional dance and innovation approaches; teaching Indian dance classes; future plans.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW:

SOUND RECORDINGS: User copy:
3 60-minute cassettes
Original:
3 60-minute cassettes

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 43 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.11