Gurukul Dance Academy from Kansas performed one item in the Kuchipudi style (from Southeast India) and a folk dance from Rajasthan. These were lively and easily enjoyable.
New York Times
One of the most interesting and exotic pieces on the program was performed by the Gurukul Academy. Peformed to traditional music and in color traditional garb, the group number used classical dance moves of India, followed by a remarkable solo performed by the group's director, Samarpita Bajpai. While balancing a series of brightly painted bowls upon her head, Bajpai floated about the stage. Upping the ante, bowls were added to her load as she danced atop a knife blade. Yet another bowl was added, and for her final trial danced upon a mat laden with broken glass, to the gasps of a spell-bound audience (and yes, it was real broken glass).
UNews-UMKC student newspaper
Samarpita Bajpai's rhythmic, yet graceful Chitra Natyam or "picture painting dancing" was a rare treat to an art form that, sadly, is dying out.
Muriel and I came to see you dance. You were absolutely wonderful!!! What a joy to see a superb performer!
Gurukul Dance Company is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization
Our Mission : Promoting and developing various forms of Indian Classical dance in the Greater Kansas City area and Midwest region of United States. Bringing Indian and World Arts and Culture together, since Art has no boundaries.