"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.
She hails from the famous Kuchipudi gharana of Guru C.R.Acharyulu, who choreographed the rare picture painting dances like Mayura Kautvam and Simhanandini.
Samarpita is one of the very few dancers worldwide who is upholding and popularizing these rare traditional dances. In these dances, traditionally, the performer would dance on colored dyed that is sprinkled on the floor, and with her feet etch figures of animals and birds. Samarpita, presents an urbanized version of these dances, that have been formatted to adapt to the stage, without compromising on the authenticity of the choreography.
Besides being an exponent of classical dances, Samarpita has vast experience in many folk dance forms of India, which she has performed extensively too. She has performed extensively both in India and the US, and has won many accolades.
Samarpita is currently a roster artist of the Kansas Arts Commission and Kansas City Young Audiences, and it is her mission to popularize Indian art forms among the people here, through her performances and outreach programs.