President Obama nominates Ranee Ramaswamy to National Council on the Arts

The founder of Ragamala Dance is enjoying an exceptional run of accolades and recognition.


Ranee Ramaswamy, founder of Ragamala Dance

Photo courtesy the McKnight Foundation

This week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ranee Ramaswamy to the National Council on the Arts. The NCA advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (currently Rocco Landesman) on agency policies and programs.

This latest news caps a string of achievements and honors that started in March of 2011, when Ragamala was awarded rave reviews for its performance at the Maximum India Festival in Washington, D.C.

Shortly thereafter, Ramaswamy was named the 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist.

Ragamala Dance just concluded its 20th season with a run of warmly received performances at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Ranee and her daughter Aparna Ramaswamy recently received a McKnight Foundation Choreographic Fellowship. Aparna’s sister Ashwini Ramaswamy received a McKnight Foundation Dancer Fellowship.

Congratulations to Ranee Ramaswamy and Ragamala Dance!

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