An informal presentation by well-known Delhi-based dance costume designer Sandhya Raman
450 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
$5 suggested donation
Sandhya Raman, an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, with specialization in Apparel and Textile Design has had a versatile career spanning 25 years. She is the co-founder of Desmania Design, a leading design consultancy firm and is responsible for the Apparel & Costume vertical. Sandhya’s passion for arts, crafts and handlooms has taken her through the length and breadth of the country. Actively involved in training, developing, designing and upgrading the skills of artisans, enabling them to hone their traditional skills to have a better reach into the urban markets. In the last two and half decades, Raman has also followed her fascination with Classical Indian dance forms. Her interest in this genre led her to experiment and rework traditional costume patterns. Her first exposure to costumes began with creating designs for the female lead in a period film Totanama at NID in 1990.Over the years, her work with costuming for classical dancers, understanding the dance forms and resolving ergonomic issues related to dance costumes has created a new language. Raman’s use of new technology and fine detailing has been a path-breaking journey and has developed sensitivity to the kinesthetic of dance. Raman’s costume, make the dancers feel comfortable and at the same time follows the dynamics of the theme and dance form. Her aesthetic and refined eye allows her to treat the body as a canvas, and that result into innovative use of pattern and drape creating distinct costumes. She has worked closely with several dance companies internationally such as Battery Dance Company (New York), Natya Dance Theatre (Chicago), Bharatkala Natya Academy (Atlanta) Sampradaya Dance Creations (Canada) amongst many others and these premiered in USA, Europe and across India. Her collaborative efforts with a variety of dance forms such as Bharatatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathkali, Chhau, Sattriya, Odissi and American Ballets have involved a spectrum of renowned artists.