He has been noted for his fluid movement in dance styles that many aspire to attain at such a young age. I caught up with Kandhai a few weeks before he took the jump to move to Johannesburg where a thriving and competitive industry of artists that reach for the stars who remember to stay grounded. Now, Sashin is one of them that is now set to make his mark in Johannesburg.
At what age did you decide this is the career you wanted ?
I knew that I wanted to be an artist ever since I was in primary school. Everyone who knows me knows this. I’ve never expressed an interest in any other field of work other than the Arts. As I grew older my passion for entertainment grew more fierce and after Grade 12 I decided that this was the career path I wanted to be on.
What does your work mean to you? Is it fulfilling?
I cherish my work and I worship my art so much so that I will never put anything else before it. I have a huge respect for the craft and anyone who shares my sentiments. Nothing gives me more fulfillment than being on stage or being in studio just making work with my team and also being able to share all the knowledge I’ve acquired with all those I work with. The most fulfilling part is when my job allows me to interact and work with children. I am tremendously passionate about kids and working with them provides me a sublime sort of satisfaction.
Who are your inspirations?
There are two people who inspire me and I have been blessed to have worked closely with them both. The first is Lilane Loots of Flatfoot Dance Company and the second is Bollywood choreographer Geeta Kapur. From them I have learned discipline as a performer, grace, poise, strength and what it means to work hard.
What is your favorite type of dance to learn and/or watch?
I love everything dance however, classical indian dance is my favorite. It has such a magical quality which mesmerizes me every time I watch it and I believe that it is the foundation from which all other indian dance forms stem. Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi or any other form. I want to be able to perform these styles at some stage. I also enjoy learning contemporary dance. It’s taught me to use my body in ways I never knew I could.
What’s the three things you never leave home without?
My flat back cap, because my hair has a life of own.
Lovelife? Care to share?
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It’s not as exciting as my professional life. I wish it was though, but I believe that the right person will come at the right time. It’s definitely going to be a Bollywood styled meeting, with the wind blowing fiercely and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo playing in the background.
Consider yourself a Masterchef in the kitchen?
I know my way around the kitchen but I wouldn’t consider myself a Masterchef. I’m taking lessons from my mom so I should obtain Masterchef status soon.
Do you have advice for anyone wanting to start dance or act?
Let your intention be clear from the start. If you want to make the arts a career choice then you have to adopt it as a way of life and never look back. Dance and drama are both hard work and deserves dedication and respect. At the same time have faith in your ability and never let anyone stand in the way of you are you destination. If you’re passionate about something let that passion drive you to invest 110% of yourself into it. Being an artist is a beautiful profession as long as you’re willing to fight for your art.
What is your favorite TV show?
Currently it would have to be Game of Thrones. I love everything about it.
What is your favorite past TV show?
I have always been and will always be a huge fan of the Charmed series. I have all 8 seasons on box set DVD including the special edition season 8.
If you were stuck in one TV show which one would it have to be?
Definitely Once Upon a Time. Fairytale and fantasy are, I believe, part of my genetic make up so I would fit right in to that show.
What is your favorite movie?
In Bollywood it is without a doubt Devdas. It’s a masterpiece no questions asked. In Hollywood it would be Disneys Beauty and the Beast. I’m a child at heart and fairytales teach us good life lessons.
What was the last movie you saw in the movie theatre?
Hotel Transylvania 2. Like I said, child at heart.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Sometimes when I have free time I love just going into my studio, all by myself, putting on some music and just dancing. I also enjoy watching movies. Waffle dates with my best friend or writing scripts. I have a few unfinished scripts which I’m hoping to wrap up and put on stage very soon.
What is your favorite restaurant/food place where you live?
I love the Green Mango. I have wonderful memories there, and the food was fantastic as well. Their angry duck was the best I’ve ever had.
Do you have any pets?
Yes I do. My puppy Bebo who I have named after the nickname of my favorite bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor.
If you had a soundtrack to your life what song/songs would have to be on it?
My life soundtrack would include
– It’s my life
– I will survive
– Walking on sunshine
– Watch me whip watch me nae nae ( because everyone who knows me knows that the nae nae is part of my daily routine)
– Just can’t wait to be king from the The Lion King soundtrack
– Selfie le le (for my obsession with selfies)
-Tattad Tattad ( the lyrics on this track describe my dancing persona perfectly)
And two songs which I am obsessed with at the moment
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo the title track
Deewani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani
What charity is closest to your heart?
Childrens charities are closest to my heart. Whenever there is an opportunity to work with children and do work which allows me to make a difference in their lives you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be there.
Do you have a favorite quote or saying that is always on your mind?
‘Always believe in the beauty of your dreams’. That’s my mantra.
Best travel experience, what made it a special memory?
My best travel experience would be when my team of Zulu dancers and I were invited to Kerala in South India to perform at the International Folk Festival of Kerala. Being able to share our country’s indigenous dance form with Artists from around the world who had never seen it before and also watch them perform their own traditional forms Was priceless. The cultural exchange in the language of dance made it extremely special.
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