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​​Signature Series presents a mesmerizing journey into the Indian arts with “Ragamala: Sacred Earth
BROWSVILLE, TEXAS –April 2, 2013-The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College invites the Rio Grande Valley to a feast for all the senses at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, when The Arts Center presents “Ragamala: Sacred Earth” in a special evening of dance, music and world cultural tradition.
"Ragamala: Sacred EarthIn the final performance of the 2012-2013 Signature Series season, Minnesota-based Ragamala Dance Company offers what – for some local arts patrons – will be a rare experience of the classical south Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. To add to the multi-sensory experience, Dr. Immanuel Edinbarough and Dr. Madhavi Reddy, along with the local Indian community, are offering an authentic Indian pre-show dinner. 
At times contemplative and joyful, the dance form Bharatanatyam has its roots in India’s ancient temple arts, and includes both rhythmic and narrative elements. Sacred Earth explores the essential mysteries of man’s relationship with nature, in performances made richer by the dancers’ colorful pleated costumes, rice-flour stage patterns, and the whispering jingle of ankle bells.
Sacred Earth is sponsored by the India Association of the Rio Grande Valley,< along with a consortium of several area businesses with ties to the Indian community, including <La Copa Inns, Jewelry Corner and South Texas Eye Centers. 
Reddy, a Brownsville ophthalmologist and member of the India Association, said sponsors from the Indian community hope to share their cultural heritage with Brownsville, just as they have learned to appreciate the Hispanic culture of the Rio Grande Valley.
“Music and dance elevate us beyond the mundane details of life and take us closer to our essential spirit,” says Reddy. “By sharing our arts and culture, we learn to see beyond our differences, understand and appreciate each other. Classical Indian dance is about telling stories through graceful, rhythmic movements and expressions along with melodious music. The whole experience takes us to a different plane of joy and harmony.”
The performance comes at the finale of a Signature Series season with a broader theme of “tradition.”
“It’s very much a multi-sensory show, including the live music,” said Dr. Dan Barnard, director of The Arts Center. “Part of the show involves the creation of these traditional rice-flour designs (kolam) that the performers make on stage, and then dance on top of. The whole experience is very elegant, very mesmerizing.”
Individual tickets for the performance may be purchased online at or by calling 956-UTB-TKTS (956-882-8587). The reservation-only Indian dinner is sold out.
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