By Raza Hasnain Naqvi
For the past one month now, I have still not been able to take out ‘Amazing Happy Fat Dancing Indian Kid’ from my mind. This kid continues to dance in my thoughts in the background, often floating into my consciousness, when least expected.
This eight-year-old Salman Khan fan from Kolkata is none other than the famous Akshat Singh who was a semi-finalist in Season 5 of India’s Got Talent (IGT) show. As most of you are aware, Akshat did so well in his inaugural performance in IGT that he was invited by producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Los Angeles. On Valentine’s Day, he recorded for the show and impressed Ellen so much with his dancing skills, that she gifted him a customised small-scale scooter with his name emblazoned on the handlebar.
Now, why am I talking about this young guy, even after a month?
Well, if you’ve seen his dancing performance, you would remember his facial expressions and body language. I can only use two words for it: Pure Joy.
Yes. Pure Joy is what you get to witness in Akshat Singh, as he performs his dance moves to his satisfaction and happiness. All he seems to be concerned about while dancing is, ‘Am I having fun?’ Not, ‘Am I doing it right?’
We do remember the feeling we get
when we do something for the sole reason of
getting joy out of it, don’t we?
As a result, the joy that this young guy gets from what he does is effortlessly transferred to the observer. The emotions of happiness, pleasure, delight and thrill are easily shared and even experienced to an extent, by all who are a witness to his dance performance.
In fact, for me, Akshat has become a synonym for Pure Joy. And we all know, what happened when this kid did something for the sole reason of getting Pure Joy out of it. From being an Indian celebrity, he was invited to a famous US show, where if I am not too wrong, no other young Indian has ever been invited as a Guest.
Did Akshat get his parents to do a lot of marketing in any way? Did he get his parents to hire some major PR agency to pitch him to a world stage? Nope. This young icon did just one thing. He followed Pure Joy. Everything else fell into place. He has said in interviews that he wanted to show that even fat kids can dance. This means, motivation is an added element in his joyful performances.
We do remember the feeling we get when we do something for the sole reason of getting joy out of it, don’t we? Remember all those childhood moments, your younger days in school, with school friends and colony friends. You would laugh so much and just enjoy that game or those harmless pranks. “Mazaa aayega,” was the expression you often used when asking your friend/s to do something together.
Today, when most of us are no longer young in years, childhood has gone, we seem to have switched from doing something for Pure Joy to doing anything only for tangible, urgent benefit.
Parting Question: Can we consider adopting a more ‘child-like pure joy attitude’, to that of our current ‘adult-like, commonsensical, serious attitude’ that has taken hold of our mind?
Raza likes to share snippets of his life experiences and observations through his writings. This blogpost is the Day-6 post of his 15-day trial of daily blogging. Besides his social media footprints on twitter, facebook, instagram and Google+, he can also be reached on his email: bylineraza[at]gmail[dot]com
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