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Kalpana Raghuraman, born and raised in the Netherlands and also deeply rooted in Indian culture, sees herself as a bridge builder between cultures, traditions, and people. In the course of many years, she was initiated in the secrets of the South Indian temple dance form Bharatanatyam.
In order to expand and intensify her training, Kalpana travelled to India to continue her dance studies and to do research for her studies in Cultural Anthropology into the changing dynamic in knowledge transferal concerning the Bharatanatyam. On this study trip she studied with prominent grand masters and gained much knowledge and experience. After the completion of her Cultural Anthropology studies, she directed her attentions to furthering her knowledge of the nuances of Bharatanatyam. She also gave many performances with traditional Indian music groups in the Netherlands and abroad. Countries where she has performed include England, Scotland, Poland, the Ukraine, Portugal, Mali, Curacao, Bonaire, the United States, Canada, and Italy.
Kalpana distinguishes herself in the rich field of dance in the Netherlands because of her very personal dance style based on the traditional Indian Bharatanatyam. With great knowledge and integrity, she dares to pry loose this classic dance form from its conventions and to make connections with modern dance. With this she places this dance form, which is steeped in centuries-old traditions, in the present, and allows it to have significance for a young and future generation.
At the 2008 CaDance festival Kalpana presented the piece In Between Skin. At the 2011 CaDance festival, she appears in the full-length program Beyond. She appeared as a dancer in the piece Toxic Tears by the modern choreographer Pedro Goucha Gomes, and her choreography Kiss of Life will be shown with modern dancer Sabina Perry.