Ballet dancer

Anand Mahindra shares the inspiring story of a Delhi ballet dancer

The 21-year-old son of a rickshaw driver, Kamal Singh was admitted to the English National Ballet School, one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the UK. According to reports, Kamal Singh left for the UK and will train at the English National Ballet School for a year and later get a chance to join the English National Ballet Company as a professional dancer.

Anand Mahindra took to his Twitter and shared a clip with a caption: “A friend in the UK sent me this clipping…Delhi electric rickshaw driver’s son admitted to most prestigious ballet school in the UK. In the midst of a global lockdown, we see a young man opening up his whole world and his future. I stand and applaud.

The newspaper clipping talks about Kamal Singh and how he funded his fees for a renowned ballet school in the UK. Its course duration is one year and costs 8000 pounds. There are other additional living and travel costs.

Singh was trained by Fernando Aguilera at the Delhi institute. Fernando said: “He was completely flexible, like a rubber. He had a body that was ready for ballet by God – he just needed to learn how to use it.”

He added: “He was very dedicated, he worked very hard and he wanted to learn. I taught him for four years, and he never asked for a break, he never missed a day.”

He recalls: “At that moment, my heart broke into pieces. I told him to come back tomorrow. I’m not going to charge you, just come because I want to keep seeing you in class.”

Singh said his mentor made him watch videos of professional ballet dancers and taught him that it could be a career, just like a doctor or an engineer, and he also met with his father to explain himself.

Singh said, “I can’t explain how I feel, it’s all my dreams coming true. It’s amazing, I enjoy every day. My family don’t know much about ballet but they are very happy and very proud that I am in English National Ballet. I am the first in my family to come to London.