MY ART STORY by

Ranee Ramaswamy

Minneapolis
Minnesota

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Woman in full Indian dress outdoors with yellow daisies blurred in the foreground, trees blurred in the background

Ranee Ramaswamy. Photo by Ed Block

I am a 24 hour arts practioner. The benefits have been immeasurable! I look 20 years younger than I am, I feel 30 years younger than I look! I came to America as an immigrant when I was 26 as a homemaker and mother. I took every opportunity that I saw to turn an art form I had studied as a hobby in India to the highest level. This form inspired my two daughters to create work closely with me every day. 37 years later, this art turned me from a homemaker to Honorable!

Three woman in full traditional Indian dress in dance positions onstage

Ashwini Ramaswamy, Ranee Ramaswamy, Aparna Ramaswamy in Ragamala Dance's Song of the Jasmine. Photo by Darial Sneed