COMPAS Roster Artists Ranee Ramaswamy gets $50,000 artistic excellence grant

Twin Cities-based dancer Ranee Ramaswamy can add another accomplishment to her ever-growing list of achievements. The Ragamala Dance Company founder and co-artistic director has been named a United States Artists Fellow and awarded a $50,000 USA Fellowship grant for artistic excellence.

It's been a good year for Ramaswamy. This summer she got a huge honor from President Barack Obama when he nominated her to the National Council on the Arts.

Ramaswamy, who began teaching and performing Bharatanatyam dance in the Twin Cities in 1978, founded Ragamala in 1992. She's gone on to receive 14 McKnight artist fellowships, a Bush fellowship and awards from the NEA, National Dance Project and Minnesota State Arts Board. The Walker Art Center, American Composers Forum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts have all commissioned her work, and Ramaswamy's tours have been highlighted by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Dance Festival and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.