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India’s rivers inspired Ragamala’s sumputous new work

Ragamala Dance is becoming the hottest ticket in town.

Ragamala Dance is becoming the hottest ticket in town. Already, nearly all the shows are sold out for this weekend’s “Ihrah (Water),” an evening-length work of the illustrative, poetic dance form bharatanatyam, set to a live south Indian orchestra and featuring a specially commissioned world premiere from composer Marc Anderson.

“Ihrah (Water),” choreographed by artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, is an especially fitting work for the Twin Cities. The performance was inspired by India’s rivers, which are revered as personifications of divinity.

Our “Old Man River,” the mighty Mississippi River, may have been immortalized as such by the crooner Frank Sinatra. But we’re no strangers to the vitality and life-sustaining force a river can bring to a community.

“Ihrah (Water),” Ragamala Dance, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday gala performance with dinner. Southern Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $27-$1200. 612-430-1725.