Every now and then, Paritosh Parmar turns into F1 (his b-boying stagename), as he busts a move, doing everything from a headstand to spinning on his hands. B-boying, an underground art form, has fast gained popularity in the city, with most dance schools now offering a course in this juggling act.
“Currently , it’s just a fad in India,” feels Norwegian b-boy Spaghetti, who is currently conducting workshops in Mumbai. “There are some talented dancers who understand what it stands for but sadly, in India, it’s going the commercial way,” he adds.
Other enthusiasts like Paritosh are convinced that there’s a booming b-boying scene. “I have been practicing b-boying with my group, Underdog Kombat Crew, for years now. It’s a niche art form, so not many know of it. In fact, when I first approached R16 Korea (an international bboying championship) to consider entries from India, they were stunned,” adds Paritosh, who is currently working on organising the India rounds for the championship, slated to take place on May 20.
Within a week of setting up the Facebook group for the event, he has received over 1,000 likes. “Registrations will open from Monday, but I’ve already received queries from Delhi, Nashik and Goa,” he says. The b-boying artiste is confident that he’ll receive at least 50 entries, and be able to take more than 10 Indian representatives to Taiwan for the Asia rounds. “This is the first time Indian b-boying artistes will get to perform for an international audience. With this, things are only looking up,” Paritosh adds.
R 16 India solo bboying championship will be held on May 20 at Andheri Sports Complex from 11am to 9pm.
For details, visit totheculture.com/r16-india