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The Throwdown Vol. 2: B-Boy Chosen One

  • The Chosen One
    Twice a month, The NH7 Throwdown will introduce you to the country's best b-boys and b-girls, from young'uns to the veterans, the powerheads and the style maniacs. For the second edition of The Throwdown, I watched B-Boy Chosen One practice on a windy terrace.

    Sairaj Methari, known to mostly everyone as Sai, began b-boying when he was a mere 12 years old. He's 14 now, and easily able to take on more seasoned b-boys with his cheeky attitude.

    He picked up some tricky moves after watching his friends jam, and was then introduced to B-boy Xecutioner of Freak N Stylz crew. Sai, aka B-boy Chosen One, is currently one of the youngest b-boys on the circuit, and has been with the veteran crew for a little under a year now.
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "How'd you get into b-boying?"
    "There were a few kids in my class who used to break, and I liked it. I tried out some moves and I nailed them on the first attempt. I learnt the stab freeze and a few other moves quickly.

    "There's a fort nearby where a few b-boys used to practice, and one of them began to teach me more. After about a month and a half, I was able to do moves on my wrist, and my teacher was thrilled. He introduced me to B-boy Xecutioner of Freak N Stylz, who's known for his wrist moves.

    "I went to a workshop by B-Boy Chino, that's where I met Xecutioner. He loved what I did, I've been practicing with the crew since then."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "What's your philosophy? Why do you like b-boying?"
    "I like breaking, because it's a very unique dance form. There's a lot of style involved, and I enjoy battles. Attitude mangta hain na."

    "That attitude comes while you're dancing. I want to learn more and be the type of b-boy that people respect."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "What are your favourite moves?"
    "I like flares, wrist flares, wrist crickets. I like airchairs and the sick freeze too."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "Who are your b-boy gods?"
    "I like B-boys Taisuke and Cloud ... there's also Roxrite. They've got a great attitude. Taisuke specifically has great style."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "What tracks do you like to break to?"
    "I don't actually know the names of the tracks because I don't pay attention to that, I just dance to the beat. Any breakbeat works for me."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
  • "Which b-boys would you love to battle?"
    "I want to battle international b-boys, and I really want to get down in solo battles in international events."

    "Why are you called Chosen One?" I asked out of curiosity.
    He shrugged as he replied, "B-boy ET gave me the name."

    Another b-boy who uses the terrace as a practice space offered an apt answer: "He represents the new, young generation of b-boys."
    Photo credit: Shalaka Pai
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