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Art & Life with Jainil Mehta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jainil Mehta.

Jainil, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I remember my favorite pass time after school was to sit in the kitchen with my house help and listen to Bollywood songs on the radio. When they used to get free from cooking and their daily chores, I used to get them together and teach short dance sequences on the songs that were playing on the radio. I, then performed every weekend and occasion with costumes and props for my grandfather in the living room. There was never a time I sat still; my life has been dancing. I wake up and end my day watching dance videos.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create stories. I am not only a dancer but a story teller. I have grown up watching tons of Bollywood movies, over dramatic televisions series and shows. I have shared every emotion from shedding tears to a huge grin on my face with the screen in front of me. I, now relate these stories to my personal life experiences and reflect on them. This gives me the drive to create movement.

I love to give every movement a story; there is a reason behind every dance move I create. I wish people get inspired by my artwork and I hope they reflect and relate to it, in some or the other way.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The biggest challenge faced by artists today is acceptance. Acceptance by others and self-acceptance of the art form. Sometimes we are not confident in our art and the other times we are hindered by others. We, as artists are often confused if we will live a long sustainable career; financially, physically and mentally. I believe that if we have a strong drive and passion for the art form, we can make it happen, like every businessman, engineer or doctor. First, accept the art form, its challenges, pains and gains. Then create.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post a lot of videos on my instagram and youtube channel.
https://www.instagram.com/jainil_dreamtodance/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbDiYJz-FwvAeG4j9naaImA?view_as=subscriber

They can support my work by following my channel. They can also reach out to me by email: jainilme@usc.edu

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Image Credit:
Mary Mallaney
Benjamin Peralta

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