About Nupura ~ School of Music and Dance Toronto and Founder
Gayathri Devi Vijayakumar
Principal and ArtIstic Director of Nupura School of Music and Dance
Gayathri Devi Vijayakumar has been involved with South Indian classical music and dance for more than 20 years and have learned classical music in traditional Gurukula style under renowned musicians such as P.Madhusoodhana Menon (disciple of maestro G.N. Balasubramaniam), Kunjuraman Nair (disciple of the great Chembai Vaidyanath Bagavathtiar).
In Classical dances she studied Barathnatyam, Mohiniyattom & Kuchipudi under Kalamandalam Sarojam and Kalamandalam Chandrika. In vocal, currently seeking guidance from Smt Raji Gopalakrishnan.
In vocal, currently, she is still seeking guidance from Smt Raji Gopalakrishnan and in Kuchippudi under Smt.Vyjayanthi Kashi, renowned Kuchippudi dancer, Choreographer and Vice Chancellor of Karnataka University.
Gayathri Devi Vijaykumar had been awarded the prestigious Kalathilakam title 3 times from Government of Kerala for the excellence in Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kutchippudi and Folk Dances during Kerala Youth festivals. Gayathri Devi Vijayakumar’s first outstanding achievement in Canada was the appreciation award from NSS Canada. In 2007, 2008, 2009 she won the OIDA spirit award.
In 2010 she received an appreciation award from the Brampton Malayalee Samajam for her outstanding performance and support, at the Miss Kerala Canada 2010 beauty contest.
She won an Appreciation award for community engagement and participation presented by Minister Harinder Thakkar, from the Canadian Malayalee Association. She got a contribution award for her active involvement in the Malayalee community from the Mississauga Malayalee association.
In 2016, Gayathri got an award presented by Radha Krishna temple, for the contribution towards the Indian Gujarati community. An appreciation for the Women’s Diversity Symposium conducted by Srilankan community in the year 2018 was also awarded to her. In 2015 she was recognized for her performance in Kannada Sangha. She was also recognized by the Malayalee Catholic church Canada, for her active participation in the fund raising event for the Haiti earthquake disaster.
She won the Woman Hero award in Performing Arts Category.by ICACI (Indo-Canadian Arts and Culture Initiative) in the year 2018.
She was actively participated in various Dance and Music festivals in Kerala and North America. Participated in the Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF) in 2017.
She has done many collaborative projects with various Dance and cultural Organizations like Dancing Damsels Inc.
Gayathri has been invited to perform by cultural organisations all over India, USA and Canada. She has performed in Dubai, Bombay, and different parts of Kerala. She has also been part of the Toronto International Dance Festival in conducting workshops.
The Waterfront Awards 2019
Boogie Woogie Canada 2010