This 40-year-old South Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) nonprofit has done a monumental amount of work to promote awareness of Indian culture in the Bay Area. Shri Krupa Dance Company’s objective is to promote arts among Indian communities in the United States, with the larger aim of disseminating Indian culture worldwide. Founded in 1977 by Artistic Director Vishal Ramani, the school has taught thousands of students, aged four and up. The school's students and Artistic Director have performed in schools, museums, temples, theaters, and countless other venues, won prizes in competitions in many countries, and been the subjects of numerous journalistic profiles, including by KQED, the San Jose Mercury News, and various publications based in India and internationally.
Both my daughter and I are immensely happy and proud to call ourselves students of Shri Krupa Dance Foundation. The dedication and patience demonstrated by Guru Vishal is amazing. I had some basic training when I was a child in India and as a child the rigid style deployed at that time, turned me away. I see Guru Vishal's approach teaching her students be they 4 year old or 40 year old, to be very insightful. She helps break things down and articulates it so that everyone can appreciate what is being taught. The ability to succeed is all in the students hands and their commitment. I also appreciate that as a student, I can attend as many classes that are at my level or below to continue perfecting my skill.