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‘Potential talent should not be lost’: Shantanu Maheshwari

Touted to be one of the most talented and versatile dancer’s on a national and international level, actor, and choreographer Shantanu Maheshwari has carved a strong niche for himself as one of the most sought after performers in the industry.

After ruling Indian television screens with his stellar dance moves, and taking over Global platforms like ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘World of Dance’ and many more by storm with some amazing performances, Shantanu is now working on different dance related avenues which have him at the forefront of these projects.

Currently leading his very own hiphop team at a  prominent hip-hop league, Shantanu is mentoring, guiding and leading aspiring young dancers from across the country. “On the dance front, our country is filled with potentially talented dancers who due to various reasons have not been able to fulfill their aspirations. Hence I feel that with the right kind of guidance and mentoring, opportunities can be opened up for these dancers, as potential talent should not be lost,” he said.

“While I have gotten various opportunities to teach and guide dancers as well as those inclined towards dance through our Desi Hoppers crew workshops in the past, I am always on the lookout for mediums through which I can give back to dance. So I feel fortunate to have gotten an opportunity to mentor aspiring dancers through a prominent platform,” Shantanu said.

“With the exposure that I have gained over the years as a participant and a judge on many International platforms which has given me great learning,I plan to use those experiences to guide these young guns to get a better understanding of how they can present themselves and their skills to their own advantage”, shares Shantanu.

When quizzed about how he plans to guide young dancers to achieve feat, Shantanu says,”I have always maintained that the intent to do your best and be focussed on striving to win any big or small competition is very important. There has to be sincerity and determination to achieve the goal you have in mind when you are out there to win.”

“Though it is also important to remember to enjoy yourself, loosen up, have fun while dancing and look at the competition as a platform to enhance your skills, gather lots of learning and live the experience, and that is exactly what I am aiming to imbibe in my team. Eventually it is always going to be your love for dance, your passion for the art and celebrating the beauty of it, that will bring out the best of your talents on any stage performance”, he added.

On the professional front, he was last seen as Abir Basu in Ekta Kapoor’s web series ‘Medically Yours’. The web series fetched a 8.8 IMDb rating and Shantanu’s performance was much appreciated.

Maheshwari is all set to mark his debut in Bollywood with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’. The flick stars Alia Bhatt in the lead role. 

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