Dancer-choreographer Jainil Mehta’s #MenInSkirts motion defies gender norms

Jainil Mehta

Jainil Mehta
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Over the previous couple of weeks, a video of a younger boy in a vibrant skirt, swaying to ‘Jhume Re Gori’ on the streets of New Yorkwent viral on Instagram. The artiste, Jainil Mehta, is a choreographer from New York however his roots are strongly grounded in India.

The 23-year-old is now within the highlight for his #MenInSkirts motion that defies gender norms by means of dance sequences in flowy skirts.

Jainil Mehta

Jainil Mehta
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Particular Association

Jainil explains how, as a toddler, he was fascinated along with his mom’s vibrant skirts. “Light-weight skirts with a big flare and vibrant hues, including drama when swirled round are my favorite,” says the dancer who has collaborated with budding Indian designers equivalent to Rupa Thakkar, and Archana Kochharo for the superbly sewn skirts seen in his movies. 

The professionally skilled garba dancer, who additionally dabbles with hip hop, ballet, up to date, and Bollywood, provides that he’s additionally the curator of J-Movement, a dance kind he has created primarily based on his conceptual experiences. Along with his posts hitting one million views, he says that the method of making a video begins with constructing a imaginative and prescient, following which the situation, outfit, and actions are sourced.

He says that his life as a dancer was not all the time as exhilarating as it’s now. “There have been days the place my ardour and selection had been questioned to their best extent”. Going ahead, Jainil plans to provoke a college-level dance programme centered on gender neutrality, and host workshops throughout nations.

He concludes, “I felt my greatest in a skirt though the selection of donning a skirt was unpopular, and with this motion, I hope to encourage different males to comply with what their coronary heart says fairly than being lab rats to societal norms.”

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