Recently, I was invited to judge an Aerial silk championship...

[Sandip Soparrkar | The Asian Age]

At first I was hesitant to give my nod for it because I was not sure what a Latin and Ballroom like me would do as a jury for Aerial silk competition, but on insistence of my dear friend actress Smilly Suri, I agreed for the same and I am glad and thankful to Smilly for persuading me go say a yes for the same, because it was an evening that has left some wonderful memories in my heart.

Aerial Silk, also known as tissue or fabric is one of the newest, yet most awe inspiring and versatile art form. It gives a completely different adrenaline rush as you are performing all the moments in the air and against gravity. The variety of moves, drops, wraps, twists and turns are practically endless and create an ever-intriguing challenge. Earlier, this art form was only used as a performance act, but today it has gained popularity as a dance and a fitness workout. It is performed without a harness and one needs to rely on his/her own strength and skill. It helps develop strength, flexibility, stamina, neuromuscular coordination and a variety of motor skills and of course adds style and grace to ones personality like any form of dance would do.

"I chanced upon finding classes for aerial silk. I enrolled and trained for 3 months and found my new passion which is similar to what I always did. Since then, there was no looking back."

— Aditi Deshpande

The championship was organised by the affable Aditi Deshpande. This super flexible artist is the founder of Fly High Aerial Art, who is a trained gymnast and professional Mallakhamb performer. Having learnt ‘Rope’ from the age of 5 under the guidance of the respected guru, none other than her father Uday Vishwanath Deshpande while taking inspiration from her mother’s artistic background, Aditi passionately pursued her career in the field of Aerial Arts. Her thirst for learning and further improvising on her skills took her to San Francisco to further evolve as an Aerial Silk instructor.

She has been teaching ‘Rope Mallakhamb’ for over 15 years and ‘Aerial Silk’ for 4 years at Shri Samarth Vyayam Mandir, Dadar. Aditi has trained aerial enthusiasts from Germany, UK, United States of America and Mauritius.