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article imageLegless hip-hop dancer a hit on India's Got Talent TV show

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 28, 2010 in Entertainment
A hip-hop dancer born without legs due to a birth defect has become famous after performing on India's Got Talent television show.
Vinod Thakur, 21, is rehearsing and training his hip-hop moves and flips with only his hands for support, as demonstrated during his recent performance on India's Got Talent show.
Thakur grew up in a poor neighborhood in East Delhi, teaching himself to dance by copying the moves he saw from watching breakdance videos on the Internet.
He used to work as a mobile phone repairer, but his hope now is to "open a dance training school for physically challenged people in future."
Thakur told Sky News: "I used to look for B boying dance stunts through the internet. My friend Manish has been with me since childhood and he knows what all things I can do.
"Even if I was not able to do a step, he used to tell me, Vinod you will be able to do it."
He went on to say : "The school that I will open...I will keep it free for disabled people.
"I will hone their skills that God has gifted them with and make a group of my own and send them back to the stage of India's Got Talent."
Kmata Chopra, his former schoolteacher, thought Thakur would "make it big someday." She told Metro.co.uk: "I don’t have words to express my happiness. I wish him all the best and pray to God that he wins the show and helps his poor parents."
Thakur earned £85 a month as a mobile phone repairer. If he wins the top prize of the talent show, he will walk away with £68,000.
Thakur is an economics student, and only started to learn hip-hop dancing five months ago. He said: "I am very excited about the next round. I have been getting a lot of support from my friends and family.
They want me to make them proud and I will do my best."
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