A talented teenage girl in India uses extreme yoga skills to apply eye liner with a knife.
Anamika Kothari, 14, from Ajmer, in Rajasthan, northern India, can use her knee to hold a knife dipped in black kajal to apply her eye liner.
Anamika said: ‘I’m usually a shy and conservative person. I never wanted to be famous but I love performing tricks now. It’s a real buzz doing this trick. I want to keep pushing myself and perform lots of challenging yoga positions.’
Anamika began learning yoga just two years ago. Her father and trainer, Narendra Kumar Kothari, 35, has been determined to give his children a talent in life after he was forced to quit school with no prospects.
He said: ‘My parents didn’t have enough money to educate me or nurture any of my talents. But my children will not suffer the same.’
‘I’m determined to make sure they’re a success in everything they do.’
Narendra was a yoga enthusiast as a child after copying his father’s talents in wrestling but his talents were never crafted.
‘I used to do the ‘local village sport’ but I never knew it was called yoga,’ Narendra said. ‘My father was sporty so I picked it up but no one ever took me aside and encouraged me.’
Anamika is now proud to achieve what her father never could.
After experimenting with a variety of stunts Anamika decided to try and achieve something exceptional.
‘I saw something similar online,’ she said. ‘So I adapted it a little and came up with this stunt.’
‘It was risky at first but I took it slow. Now it’s fun.’
Last year, she even made it on India’s Got Talent with her eye-watering stunt.
‘My friends got jealous when I appeared on TV,’ she said. ‘They avoided me at school. But when more people came to know about my talents my popularity grew. My friends quickly came back. I’m ok with it, it’s life.’
Anamika devotes at least two hours a day training and developing her yoga positions. She’s won several medals and certificates at national level but the dream is to be world famous and break world records. But more importantly show India – a country that values males more than females – that ‘girls are as good as boys’.
She added: ‘I feel proud I’m doing something no one else in India can do.
‘I want to showcase my talents to the world and prove girls are not weak.’
‘Many girls I know are forced to hide their talents behind closed doors. But girls can reach the same level as boys if they have the right support. And with my parents’ support I can achieve anything.’