Kumari Suraj, named one of Vogue India’s “Top 50 Most Influential Global Indians’ ‘ of 2019; is an international visual artist, global dance icon, LGBTQ+ activist and muse. Madonna, Mya, Jody Watley, Mickey Singh, World Of Dance, Buzzfeed, Star Plus, New York Times, So You Think You Can Dance and more have featured both Kumari & their works.
Kumari’s performance work as a dancer, choreographer, creative director and recording artist is a melting pot of fierce eccentricity. She is an icon of the vintage disco dance called Waacking, creator of Bollywaack, founder of the world’s first queer dance festival Waackfest, plus size model and fashion designer.
For over 20 years, her unique storytelling builds bridges of conversation between contrasting communities; while enabling cultural and generational understanding that is relevant to today’s social climate.
Celebrating 1 year of the Desi Girl Chant single release! First single & music video, “Desi Girl Chant” is an anthem for Desi femmes around the world. Honoring all forms of the Desi feminine divine by creating visual space for trans, drag, queer, cis, mixed race and fiiiierce Desi femmes to “prance in saris” for this video. A steamy love interest moment with Miss Trans India, catchy dance moves, fashion and more, this video is sure to make you think and bop.
As a mixed race person I love all of my ethnic identities. This song speaks about many aspects of my Indian identity from geographic origins of myself and others (being Afro West Indian & Indian), to the food we make, the clothes we wear, attitudes we carry and diverse sexual preferences we navigate. Celebrating all my “Desi Girls” round the world.” – Kumari Suraj
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