Gaitrie “Devi” Subryan is the founder and Artistic Director of Devi Bollywood Performing Arts. Her love and passion for Indian dance prompted her to create Devi Bollywood Performing Arts—Buffalo’s first Bollywood Performance Troupe.
While in college she choreographed for a number of student-run organizations for events and performances. After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2006 with a BA in Psychology and Communication, she joined a New York City based Indian dance school, Bollywood Axion under the Artistic direction of Pooja Narang. Gaitrie soon joined the performance troupe, where she had opportunities to perform at events and shows all across NYC. Some of these performances included dancing at the Crossroads in Times Square with over 500 audience members in the rain, she was a dance extra in the Bollywood film; Hastey Hastey. Along with her peers she performed annually at South Street Seaport for their Holi celebration, she took part in the Bollywood Hero Flash Mob all around NYC and in June 2016 and May 2017 Gaitrie took a workshop with the Bollywood legend of choreographer, Saroj Kahn.
In 2009, Gaitrie joined The Sa Dance Company, under the artistic vision and ClassPass CEO, Payal Kadakia. With the versatility and the fusion of Indian dance, Sa gave Gaitrie opportunities to explore movement in another way. The Sa Dance Company showcased a three-day premiere at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 2010, one of Sa’s largest and sold out performances. The Sa Dance Company has performed at Nanubhai, MIACC, Rubin Museum, they have performed for Indian Film Director Mira Nair as well as many other events. Payal has a unique style of her own and showcases the art of Indian dance on many interesting levels. Through dance Payal she has shown Gaitrie how to manage a performing troupe, be an entrepreneur as well as a role model to others who have a zest and passion for the arts.
In 2012 Gaitrie moved from NYC to Buffalo. She took what learned from both Pooja & Payal and in 2013 Gaitrie formed Devi Bollywood Dance. Over the years she has taught many students and has worked closely with the individuals from all backgrounds. Gaitrie say’s, “It is not just about teaching dance, it is about building a community, sharing traditions and culture.”
Additionally, Gaitrie works with the Buffalo schools as a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Western New York. Working with students from Kindergarten through high school, Gaitrie believes that children should be exposed to various cultures and forms of art during these vital years of childhood.
Gaitrie has a steady training of Indian classical dance; Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bollywood, Folk, and Garba. She explores western dance forms through classes and workshops. Gaitrie has trained in Bikram and Vinyasa Yoga, and she completed her 200hr Yoga Certification in October 2015 through East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo, NY and is also certified kids Yoga instructor through “Kidding Around Yoga”.