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Founders and Choreographers

We integrate Bollywood dance, Indian Classical dance, and modern Indian dance and amalgamate it with western dance styles such as HipHop, Ballet and much more. Here are a few talented choreographers working with us currently.
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Karina DK - Artistic Director


Founder and Choreographer


Karina Dutta Karmakar has trained under the guidance of Guru Saveeta Sharma since 1998 and has been exposed to and trained in a variety of dance forms including Kathak, Odissi, and Indian Contemporary. She continues to train and work with Upasana The Spirit of Dance and is also a company dancer. Throughout her university career in engineering, she pursued her passion for dance and choreographed for multiple national inter-university dance competitions where she received several accolades for Bollywood and Indian Classical choreography. She is also one of the founding members, artistic director, choreographer and dancer of Jannat Performing Arts, a filmi-fusion dance troupe. Throughout her dance journey, she has exposed herself to various western styles such as Hip-Hop, contemporary, salsa and more. Karina keeps delving deeper into her passion by going back to her classical roots and exploring new contemporary movements with Upasana.

As a choreographer, Karina has led Ottawa’s university (Carleton University & dance teams of over 30 dancers at the South Asian Alliance Culture Show in 2011, at the North American Culture Show in 2012 and 2013 and at Bollywood Dance Canada in 2015. Through these dance competitions, she has been awarded accolades for choreographies such as Best Bollywood and Best Classical.

Gaurav Bhatti 


Founder and Choreographer


Born and raised in Punjab, India, Gaurav migrated to Canada in 2006 and began learning Kathak and Contemporary Indian dance under guru Saveeta Sharma. He subsequently learnt Kathak under guru Lata Bakalkar in Mumbai and currently works in Delhi with guru Aditi Mangaldas’s dance company, Drishtikon.
Gaurav received his BFA in Visual Arts from University of Ottawa, Canada. He also placed in the Top 4 in a Canadian reality TV show ‘Bollywood Star'.

View Gaurav Bhatti's full dance portfolio here. 

Saffatt Al Mansoor 


Founder and Choreographer


Saffatt has been dancing for the past 8 years. He started his journey into the field through hip-hop and urban dance. His immense love for Bollywood inspired him to mix his style into Bollywood routines to produce what is more popularly known now as Bolly-Hop. He uses his movements to portray Bollywood in a different manner.

He has gained the approval and appreciation of many wherever he has performed. He has won several accolades for his intricate and entertaining choreography in his hometown of Qatar and in Canada. His drive made him one of the top few dancers in Canada to make it to the second round of auditions in New York for the first season of the  popular dance show "Just Dance" on Star Plus. The judges in Canada classifying his audition piece as "extremely entertaining" and complimenting him for "bringing India here in Canada". He unfortunately could not take this opportunity to go to New York, but that was just a minor set back as he continues to work hard everyday to become a better choreographer/dancer.

Mah-Jabeen Jesani
Founder and Choreographer

Mah-Jabeen is a graduate in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatnatyam. She started dancing at the tender age of 9 in Nairobi, Kenya. She received her Arangetram (graduation) from Kenya under the guidance of Kamini's school of Dance in 2009. 

She has won two awards for Best Classical in the Fusion circuit in Canada in two different competitions for her excellence in choreography. Her style is mold of amazing technique combined with timeless expressions she learned from her teacher and peers in the field. She is very passionate about the art and is a great teacher. One of her strong points is that she focuses on Abhinaya which is one of the most important parts of dance and is often forgotten  or sacrificed for technique. She believes that dance is one of the ways to find and experience God and she loves to make everyone feel the same through her teaching.

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