Navtej Johar

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Navtej Johar
Navtej Johar at Delhi QueerFest 2016.jpg
Navtej Johar at Delhi QueerFest 2016
OccupationDancer, 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.[1]

Johar has collaborated with composers Stephen Rush, Shubha Mudgal and installation artist Sheeba Chachi among others. He has also acted in Earth by Deepa Mehta and Khamosh Pani by Sabiha Sumar.[2]

He is among the few male dancers of classical form in India and first Sikh to have taken to the art form.[3] 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.[4] 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".[5]


  1. ^ "Navtej Johar". Abhyas Trust.
  2. ^ "Navtej Singh Johar: I plod my own path".
  3. ^ "Bring on the boys". Indian Today. 9 November 1998.
  4. ^ "Many ups and downs in battle against 377". The Indian Express. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  5. ^ Safi, Michael (2018-09-06). "Campaigners celebrate as India decriminalises homosexuality". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-09.