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.
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.