Kentucky Karana, a Bollywood-Fusion team based out of the University of Kentucky, was established in 2016 by Chaitra Tirumalaraju, Monica Shah, and Sneha Rajan. It was created to provide an opportunity for students that are passionate about dance to become part of a competitive team, expose students to Indian culture and arts, bring together people of diverse backgrounds, and expand the arts community at the University of Kentucky.
Dear members and supporters of Desi Dance Network,
I've received a lot of feedback, messages, questions about having Desi Dance Network head a Bollywood Fusion finals competition. In response to these inquiries, I, along with our Board of Directors have reached out to dancers/teams, judges, and competition organizers to gauge the necessity for a new Bollywood Fusion championship and what it would entail.</p>
On January 23, 2016, eight Bollywood fusion and eight Bhangra dance teams will be meeting in Columbus, OH to compete in the first Desi Dance Network competition of 2016! Buckeye Mela provides an opportunity for the best South Asian dance teams to compete for a cash prize. Srujan aims to forge new ties among universities and South Asian communities while raising money charity.
As a Bollywood America Automatic Bid Competition, the Bollywood fusion winner of this competition will receive a bid to compete at the national championship competition-- Bollywood America on April 9th in Cleveland. Although there are six other Bollywood America auto-bid competitions, Buckeye Mela separates itself from the others by having a line up comprised of both Bhangra and Bollywood fusion teams. Disguised as two separate competitions in one night, the audience should be expecting a diverse showcase of styles.