What is Bollywhack?
Bollywood meets Waacking?!?! Created by Kumari Suraj in 2009, Bollywhack fuses Bollywood Dance, Bhangra, Khattak, Bharatanatyam and other traditional movement from Kumari's South Asian roots, with the 70's Disco styles of Punking & Whacking. This cross cultural connection is a seamless union of powerful arms, elegant hand gestures, exotic poses and dramatic story telling facial expressions. Since it's relaunch May 2016 Bollywhack reached over half million (500,000+) views on social media in 4 short months.
In 2016 the Kumari Suraj brand was handpicked by Bollyshake along with a few others to represent the dance community on a global scale with the, Girl Rising "We Dream We Rise", charity that involves Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Primer Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and Michelle Obama. Kumari Suraj was chosen to help educate women on a how to empower themselves energetically through dance. #WeDreamWeRise
Bollywhack Background & Mission
Before being the first choreographer to feature Waacking on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Kumari, spent 13 years devoted to the cultural clarity, preservation and evolution of Punking, Whacking and Waacking in both street dance and popular culture.
Now making global strides in the expansion of the dance style's potential to bridge cultural communities otherwise unrelated Kumari created, Bollywhack & Frankie Douglas. Bollywhack is entirely real work for a time when we need bridges in every way they can be built. Kumari Suraj is proud and truly celebrates her unique ethnic mixture culturally and energetically. For the past 13 years she has taught people, in over 30+ countries, how to recognize their potential and power while celebrating their culture and individuality.
Bollywhack works have exposed Indian cultural enthusiasts to Waacking and Whacking LGBTQ cultural enthusiasts to my the Desi Diaspora. Homophobia & racism are huge issues in both of her East & West Indian cultures. Now Kumari, is witnessing this union of dance and culture heal lives through community understanding through practical application of art in context to current social/political climates. Bridging antiquated gaps created by hatred, fear and prejudice are steps toward a more unified humanity. A utopian humanity.
Promoting and representing this movement with Mother Suraj are two dance groups she personally trains and mentors in India. The House of Suraj, India's Elite Whacking Family and The Calcutta Waack Pack.
SPONSORED BY REEBOK WOMEN