Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla
Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla

How India’s first male professional belly dancer, Eshan Hilal, overcame prejudice to become a star

  • Despite opposition from his orthodox Muslim family, Eshan Hilal, a 27-year-old from Delhi, has forged a career as a belly dancer
  • By challenging social norms and ignoring gender stereotypes, he has inspired others in India to make unconventional life choices without fear

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Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla
Eshan Hilal from Delhi is India’s first professional male belly dancer. An accomplished performer, choreographer and fashion model, the 27-year-old is a rare male exponent of a dance form that is traditionally performed by women. Photo: Sushmitha Tadakamadla
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