Dance has no gender. When Ghaziabad’s Suraj Kumar give up his job to commit his time to Kathak, everybody jeered. Now the identical folks come to his exhibits.
Suraj Kumar, a profitable Kathak dancer, is extensively praised in India, however reaching this level concerned dealing with criticism and dealing arduous to beat it.
In Kumar’s hometown in Uttarakhand, it was unusual to see a younger boy carrying ghungroos (anklets with little bells), making use of make-up, and dancing to classical music. However even when his mates, household and society requested him to cease, his coronary heart was devoted to his craft.
So following college, he gave up a well-paying job, spent hours perfecting his steps and determined to by no means look again. Right this moment, he not solely trains children on the Sangam Kala Sanstha in Ghaziabad but in addition performs at exhibits throughout the nation.
When requested if he has ever discovered classical dance a lady’s job, he says, “Classical dance is in our DNA. It has been in our mythology for hundreds of years now. As an alternative of taking a look at it as one thing unusual, we must always really feel pleased with it.”
As Kumar witnesses individuals who as soon as ridiculed him now asking for footage, he smiles. “Life actually does come full circle,” he provides.
Edited by Pranita Bhat