The Guru

Smt. Rasmita Amin, Director of Natyashala, is a dance instructor who has been serving the Central Pennsylvania Community for several decades. She studied under the guidance of late Shree Kubernathji Tanjorker and is a graduate in Bharatnatyam from the M. S. University of Baroda’s Music College of Fine Arts. During her time in India, she studied traditional folk dances from the famous dancer and choreographer, late Miss Pratibha Pandit at Arya Kanya Maha Vidyalaya of Baroda. 

Smt. Rasmita has judged three FOGANA (The Federation of Gujarati Associations of North America) competitions during her career and has served as an advisor to dance communities across North America.

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Smt. Rasmita states that her greatest accomplishment in her career came in her younger years when she accompanied the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India, to East Africa as a member of a cultural delegation and to perform at the Prime Minister’s residence on a different occasion. In addition to this achievement, Rasmita has performed in Bombay (Mumbai) and New Delhi for thousands of fans, including Bollywood celebrities. 

Smt. Rasmita has been a big part of the HARI Temple in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for over 20 years, teaching Bharatnatyam and folk dances to the youth members of the temple. She has also performed, participated, and choreographed several fundraising events for organizations such as AIACP, the Gujarat Samaj of Harrisburg, and the International House and for various community programs in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg. 

Smt. Rasmita currently teaches Bharatnatyam and Folk dances to her Natyashala students in York and Lancaster. She also serves as a certified yoga instructor in the area. Rasmita continues to serve the Indian community in any way she can, most notably through her bi-annual productions performed by the students of Natyashala.