Gujarati boy was 7 when he started dancing in ‘ghagras’, to confront his fear, he posted his videos, watch him dance in joy in New York streets as he wins hearts on Internet
Chandigarh, April 14
A 22-year-old choreographer from Gujarat dances with joy and his rhythm is wining him hearts on Internet.
Jainil Mehta started dancing at the age of seven years and is now learning it professionally in Los Angeles.
He says, “I want to be that carefree child again”, which he was at seven and started posting his dancing videos on social media to confront his fears as he would love to dance in skirts.
Videos of him dancing dressed in ‘Ghaghra’ in the street of New York dressed without caring for being shy has been appreciated and loved by many.
In videos, Jainil Mehta dances to many popular Hindi songs, the latest being ‘Saami Saami’ song from the movie ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ for his act.
“SAAMI SAAMI IS OUT FINALLY!!! Doing #meninskirts in DUMBO, Brooklyn was totally a vibe – especially in front of hundreds of people who were taking photographs and videos!” Mehta said in the caption of the video he posted on Instagram.
Jainil is wearing a shirt, a yellow dupatta around his waist, and a lovely ‘ghagra’ skirt.
Mehta, earlier in a post, had said that he started dancing in skirts at a young age.
“I began my dance journey when I was 7. I used to steal my mother’s dupattas and skirts, lock the room, play some romantic music and twirl.”
“I never realised why I locked myself up – probably because I felt it was strange for men to wrap around a skirt or cloth around the waist. I started wearing skirts in my dances. Dance has always made me feel secure and known and this was the perfect way for me to face my fear and the society,” he said in the post.
In another post, Mehta said that he moved to Los Angeles to study dance professionally. “Even though I learnt mixed forms, I never abandoned my thought of wearing skirts. During my education, I learnt to be more free in my thoughts & speech. So, I randomly decided to use social media to face my fear of wearing skirts & started posting my videos. I thought ‘I want to be that carefree child again’.”
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