Artistic Director – Samarpita Bajpai

If to dance is to dream, then dancers make dreams come true.” — Anonymous

The artistic director of Gurukul started her dance career at the tender age of seven.She trained in Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak and Manipuri for the first three years before going on to specialize in Bharatnatyam under the tutelage of Guru Thankamani Kutty of Calcutta Kalamandalam. After another five years, she also started training in Mohiniattam simultaneously under the same Guru.

 

It was her burning passion for the vibrant style from Andhra Pradesh, that finally directed her towards Kuchipudi, and Gurus Smita Shastri, Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao. According to her, it was the lilting music, the sensuous movements and the distinctive repertoire of the style that completely enamored her and she decided to dedicate her life to it.

 

Samarpita is one of the very few dancers worldwide who is upholding and popularizing some rare traditional dances like Simhanandini and Mayura Kautvam. In these, the performer dances on a canvas, underneath which colored dyed is sprinkled on the floor, and with her feet , etches figures of animals and birds. In the end the canvas is help up to display the  painting.

 

Samarpita is currently working with internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, Sri Jaikishore Mosalikanti. Jaikishore is one of the foremost disciples of legendary guru, Padma Bhushan, Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam.

Jaikishore is a visiting Guru at Gurukul Academy, conducting intensive workshops with the students, annually. Gurus Jaikishore and Samarpita’s primary focus is to maintain the high quality and exquisite repertoire, that is the hallmark of Master Garu’s style.

 

Samarpita is currently a teaching artist of the Kansas City Young Audiences, and it is her mission to popularize Indian art forms among the audience here, through her performances and outreach programs.

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