Navtej Johar at Delhi QueerFest 2016
|Occupation||Dancer, Choreographer, Yoga Instructor|
Navtej Singh Johar is an Indian Bharatnatyam exponent and choreographer.
Johar trained in Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra, a dance school of Rukmini Arundale at Chennai, and with Leela Samson at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi. He also studied later at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University.
He is among the few male dancers of classical form in India and first Sikh to have taken to the art form. He is also a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Bharatnatyam dancer.
In June 2016, Johar and five others, all members of the LGBT community themselves, filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of India challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This resulted in the 2018 landmark judgment in Navtej Singh Johar and others v. Union of India in which the Supreme Court unanimously declared the law unconstitutional "in so far as it criminalises consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex".
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