OFF-BEAT AND ON TRACK

WHILE THE WORLD DED­I­CATES ONLY ONE DAY TO WOM­AN­HOOD, THERE ARE SOME WOMEN IN THE CITY WHO CEL­E­BRATE IT EV­ERY DAY. SIM­PLY MUM­BAI SPEAKS TO AND SA­LUTES THESE IN­SPIR­ING WOMEN WHO ARE FEAR­LESSLY PUR­SU­ING CA­REERS OF THEIR CHOICE.

India Today - - COVER STORY - BY AS­MITA BAK­SHI

POP, LOCK AND LOAD | AMBARIN KADRI, B- GIRL When Ambarin Kadri was a third- year arts stu­dent and an as­pir­ing fash­ion de­signer, a friend asked her to model in a fash­ion show at the an­nual col­lege fest. Not only was this her first time as a par­tic­i­pant in any ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, she ac­tu­ally went on to win an award for “Best Model”. This tryst made Kadri re­alise her pas­sion for the per­form­ing arts and she went on to try var­i­ous forms of dance in col­lege. “I did con­tem­po­rary, Salsa and Bol­ly­wood, but I’ve never had any for­mal train­ing,” the 26-year-old says. Ul­ti­mately, Kadri found her true call­ing in pop­ping, a street style dance form from Cal­i­for­nia, and was even­tu­ally in­tro­duced to her present dance troupe, Roc Fresh Crew, in which she is the only girl. At the time, she was the first B-girl (a girl who is into break­ing— a dance style in the hip hop cul­ture) in In­dia. Af­ter five-and-a half years of prac­tice, Kadri can be proud be­cause she has ap­peared in the mu­sic videos of Morni by Pun­jabi MC and the vastly pop­u­lar Bol­ly­wood track Aloo Chaat, along with sev­eral ad­ver­tise­ments. The fo­cused and driven dancer re­hearses any­where be­tween one to four hours a day, five to six times a week. This is one B-girl who’s on her way to the A-list.

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