What are you doing if you are not talking about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-anticipated web series 'Heeramandi' that premiered on Netflix on May 1! The piece of art captured the internet's attention with its stunning portrayal of cultural heritage through dance, costumes, and music. Among the many captivating scenes circulating on social media, Aditi Rao Hydari’s mesmerising "Gaja Gamini" walk has particularly taken the internet by storm! It surprisingly resonated with Gen Z and millennials alike.

Hydari, portraying the character Bibbojaan, delivers a flawless performance to the song 'Saiyaan Hatto Jaao'. During this dance sequence, she executes the EPIC "Gaja Gamini" walk, now widely recognised as the 'Swan Walk'.

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...But What Exactly is the Gaja Gamini Walk?

According to the Kamasutra, elephants symbolise “unrestrained raw sexual power.” A female elephant, or hastini, is depicted as the most lustful of women, exuding a sensual and voluptuous grace. The "Gaja Gamini" walk, referenced in the Mahabharata, describes women like Queen Draupadi, who were known as Mada-gaja-gamini, signifying their elegant, elephant-like stride. In essence, the walk embodies a graceful, voluptuous woman’s hip-swaying motion, inspiring numerous artists and poets, including M.F. Husain.

Renowned painter M.F. Husain ventured into filmmaking with Through the Eyes of a Painter in 1967, but it was his 2000 film Gaja Gamini, starring Madhuri Dixit, that solidified his reputation as a filmmaker. The film, based on Husain’s series of paintings 'Gajgamini', explores various stages of a woman’s life, with the iconic walk symbolising feminine grace and allure. This walk had earlier been performed by the legendary actress Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam during the song "Mohe Panghat Pe"

'Gaja Gamini' Goes Viral!

Following the release of Heeramandi, the "Gaja Gamini" walk sparked widespread discussion among cinema enthusiasts on social media. Content creators began recreating Aditi Rao Hydari’s performance, celebrating her portrayal and the cultural significance of the walk. The "Gaja Gamini" walk has thus firmly embedded itself in contemporary pop culture, bridging the past and present through its timeless elegance.

People Are in Love With Aditi's Walk

The Swan Walk by Aditi Rao Hydari


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People Are In Love

Gaja Gamini Walk Edits Are All Over The Place


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Heeramandi not only showcases the rich cultural tapestry of India but also revives historical artistic expressions, captivating a global audience and bringing traditional motifs into the modern digital era.

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