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IITian shimmies into Canadian troupe

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 23, 2013
First Published: 01:46 IST(23/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(23/4/2013)

Shimmying and shaking to the beats, Samanth Vinil has all the moves, which have landed the IIT-B student an opportunity of a lifetime. The 22-year-old final-year student has been selected to the database of potential performers by the internationally renowned circus arts and dance troupe, Cirque du Soleil.

Vinil was selected in February after going through an audition process. The team at Cirque came across some of his videos online and invited him to audition. The selection now makes him eligible to get a role in an upcoming show.

Described as an “artistic entertainment company”, Cirque’s productions combine circus acts, dance, drama, acrobatics and story telling and have won numerous awards and been performed across the world.

“I didn’t know I would reach this level,” said Vinil, adding that his parents are concerned about his choice. “It’s not a conventional choice, so they are a little worried.”


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