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Ragamala: Sacred Earth

Potter Auditorium — General Admission

Doors open at 6pm, Concert at 7pm - Concessions sold before the performance; no intermission.

Admission to this special community concert is free for all attending thanks to our local sponsor and an arts touring grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. To support the continuation of community concerts at Chatfield Center for the Arts, we hope attendees consider a suggested donation of $10-15 which can be given at the door or when reserving tickets online.


Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environments that shape them. In this work, the dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.

*Although there is no cost for tickets and seating is general admission, we strongly encourage reserving tickets in advance to guarantee admittance. Please click the button above to reserve tickets.

Prior to this theatrical performance, on Thursday, March 7 at 1pm anyone 18+ is invited to take part in a hands-on workshop featuring Kolam, an art practice traditional to homes throughout South Asia. Participants in this free workshop will learn about the ancient art form and create their own designs, which start from a simple grid of dots, on both paper and with rice flour on the floor of the Sunken Room at Chatfield Center for the Arts. Kolam is an intricate pattern made using rice flour that is typically created each morning on the doorstep of a South Indian home by the women that live there. Kolams become food for ants and birds, following the concept of living in harmony with creatures around you that they may bless you and bring prosperity to the home.

The workshop is free to attend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited; click the link below to register online.

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