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About

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.

Fashion

Testimonials

“This style [Bollywaack] you’ve invented is absolutely brilliant. Really one of the best pieces of live stage performance I’ve seen on a show or otherwise.” [Dance Plus 3 Tree Act]

Shah Rukh Khan

The King of Bollywood, Indian Film Actor, Producer & Television Personality

“Kumari, you are legendary and it’s so amazing what you’ve done and brought to dance!”

Jacqueline Fernandez

Indian Film Star, Model, Miss Universe winner 2006 Sri Lanka pageant.

“My experience working with Kumari was so awesome! She’s a beast in several styles. Not just with polished, seasoned dance skills but, with the knowledge of each dance style. From the jump Kumari made sure I had a private session with her first to soak in the history, origin, meanings, technique of each style, research links and homework which speaks volumes about respecting the craft of any art form first & foremost.”

MYA

Grammy Award Winning Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Musician, Dancer/Choreographer, Actress, Activist and Philanthropist.

“While training in Los Angeles, I was scouted by Kumari Suraj to train under her in a style known as Waacking. I had no idea how much of an impact this particular style would expand my vocabulary as a professional dancer. Not only did it help me find my femininity in dance but, I gained a life long sister in the process. Whenever there is an opportunity to freestyle in a job of audition I would showcase my Waacking. I’ve been able to perform Waacking for Toni Braxton and Estelle.”

Quinetta Wilmington Sha

Beyoncé Tour Dancer, The Waackers Crew, former student of Kumari Suraj.

“Kumari was my first and only teacher. Her training helped me find my own career success”.

RUDI SMIT

Honey 3 Choreographer/dancer, Bring It On: Worldwide Assistant Choreographer, Choreographer forInternational Commercials Adidas, Pepsi co, Volkswagen, Mustang. Taught dance in over 22 countries.

“Kumari Suraj is a creative powerhouse unlike any other I know. She has been an important support, mentor, and teacher in my early years especially. She was an important soul on my journey to becoming me. She always encouraged colorful and unique self-expression and cultural bridging.”  

Nelly Bethel (Denmark)

Jlo, Super Bowl, Rihanna, Cirque Du Soleil

Music

Recording artist

songwriter

performer

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

Follow song on social media: #desigirlchant #desigirlchallenge

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