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Dancer inspires viral trend #SareeFlow by hooping in a saree to ‘Genda Phool’

Dancer Eshna Kutty posted a video on Instagram, in which she is seen dancing with a hula hoop while wearing a saree and sneakers. Soon, her video inspired the trend #SareeFlow.

Written by Meera Kalyani | New Delhi |
Updated: September 29, 2020 11:44:29 am
Hula hoop dancing, hula hoop dancing in saree, saree flow trend, Eshna Kutty, Genda Phool hoop dancing, Delhi, Viral video, trending news, Indian Express newsThe video impressed many on the internet, with Kutty garnering tons of praise.

In a video that is doing the rounds of the internet, a woman is seen hoop dancing to the popular song ‘Genda Phool’ in a saree and sneakers, and even the singer of the song has reshared it. Now, inspired by her video, many have started to take part in #SareeFlow trend in which they dance with hula hoops while wearing sarees.

Eshna Kutty, the 24-year-old dancer, posted a video of her performance on Instagram recently, in which she is seen performing to the song from the Delhi 6 soundtrack with a hula hoop, dressed in a saree and sports shoes.

“Sarees usually feel restrictive, it usually makes you feel like you can’t move in it, or be in it a certain way and I came up with the idea of saree flow to sort of break that stereotype,” Kutty told

The video, posted with hashtag #sareeflow, impressed many on the internet and there was plenty of praise for the dancer.

Watch the video here:

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Can one really flex to a song like Genda Phool which is all heart tho? This post is primarily to share with you why I put out #sareeflow as a hashtag. It had been on my mind for months, and the intention was not to create the most sensual saree videos, but to feel so comfortable and happy wearing it without the pressure of being a delicate lady. That aside, I wanted to also spotlight Indian hoopers because we're so few in number but growing so fast. Theres so much diversity in our cultures and even in our sarees that I hoped this trend would add a very unique twist to a global art form. Or visa versa- that you'd want to get yourself a hoop because you secretly want to dress up to goof around. Either case, I think it's fantastic that you're doing it anyway and sharing it ❤️ . . . Wearing @pumaindia + mother's saree obv✨ . . #hoopersofinstagram #hooplife #hoopdance #hoop #hoopersofig #hooplove #flowarts #hoopflow #hulahoop #hulahooping #infinitecirclescommunity #girlswhohoop #hooper #hooping

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Kutty’s mother, journalist Chitra Narayanan, also shared the video on Twitter.

“Woke up to several people Whatsapping me this video! Meet my daughter who has sparked off a #sareeflow trend,” Narayanan wrote.

Impressed by the video, the singer of the song Rekha Bharadwaj also shared the clip on her social media accounts.

“Eshna Kutty is awesome,” the singer wrote.

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@eshnakutty EshnaKutty is awesome❤️

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Kutty, who is a professional hoop dancer and a dance movement practitioner, said she was very happy the video went viral since it showed that she didn’t have to be “extremely funny or sexy” to have a video go viral.

“The video had me, my authentic self, just having fun. Just the fact that it resonated with people and talked about the positivity it brought, it was the best part about it,” she said.

The Delhi resident, in an Instagram post, said that she hopes the trend will add a “unique twist to the global art form.”

Since being shared on Instagram, the video has been shared on other social media platforms and other women have performed their own versions. Here are some of the other entries from the viral challenge.

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My firstttt IGTV video!! I was so nervous to put this out cuz it's so different from my usual mood but I really hope you guys enjoy watching this. this is for my best friend @eshnakutty who wanted to do a saree series with hoops for months and it's finally happening!! she had told me long back and pestered me to make a video bringing together two of my loves together – sarees and dancing! So here it is – I still dunno how I feel, but here goes! Also massive thanks to the #hoopflow gang who really hyped me up yesterday after I shared this video with them. This is happening cuz of you guys!! The saree is a beautiful kota piece from @fabindiaofficial gifted to me by another best – @isitshreyaray 💛💛 *I DO NOT OWN COPYRIGHTS TO THIS SONG. IT'S SOLELY FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES* Roshay – @sarafvibh & @dubsharma #flowarts #sareeflow #hooping #hulahoop #dancersofinstagram #dance

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Kutty, who is psychology graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College for Women, studied Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) at the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

Take a look at some reactions to her performance:

Kutty said that though she has been hooping for over 10 years, it has been five years since she started teaching the dance form.

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