A unique representation of ‘Shiva Thandavam’ to the rhythmic chants of ‘Om’ and the steady beat of drums, and demonstration of the toughest ‘asanas’ led P. Krupardha Sindhu Sai secure fifth position in both ‘artistic yoga’ and ‘yoga-asana demonstration’ at the fifth International Yoga Championship (IYC) held in Beijing last month.
Of 250 participants from across 14 countries, Sindhu Sai from Visakhapatnam represented India. “There were 10 contestants from Andhra Pradesh in various age groups. However, I was the only one from the port city in the age group of 15-25 who secured fifth position eventually in two events,” says the student of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of Andhra Pradesh.
What made him stand apart was the theme he had chosen for the artistic yoga and the ability to demonstrate the most difficult ‘asanas’ with ease.
“For instance, most contestants opted for western music while performing artistic yoga. I preferred the traditional Shiva Thandavam for the purpose, smearing vibhuthi (Holy ash) all over my body. I guess, it became an instant hit,” he explains.
The theme was also highly appreciated by Guinness World Recorder Yogaraj C.P., who was one of the judges for the event.
“It’s my first international trip. And it would not have been possible without a few donors who came forward to sponsor generously. Moreover, an article published in The Hindu in May not only helped me gain popularity in Visakhapatnam but also in Vijayawada,” says Sindhu Sai.
Apart from CMD of CMR Group Mavuri Venkata Ramana, yoga students and yoga instructors, Vikas College of Engineering and Technology, Vijayawada, also contributed to the cause.
After bagging a trophy and a couple of certificates in the international competition, Sindhu Sai says that he is eyeing the top three spots in the next edition of IYC. “I am making every effort to realise this dream under the tutelage of my father P.M.V. Kesava Rao,” he sums up.
Of 250 participants from 14 countries, Sindhu Sai stands fifth in two events