A few days ago, industrialist Anand Mahindra tweeted a video of Neelakandan Nair. While Mahindra lauded the young Kalaripayattu artist, his tweet unfortunately misidentified the gender of the 10-year-old boy.
WARNING: Do NOT get in this young woman’s way! And Kalaripayattu needs to be given a significantly greater share of the limelight in our sporting priorities. This can—and will— catch the world’s attention. pic.twitter.com/OJmJqxKhdN
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 26, 2021
Some were quick to point out the gaffe-
Sir, A small corection :). This is not a women, He is Neelakandan from Allapuzha District of Kerala, Practising Kalari under the guidence of Hari Krishnan who is a guiness record holder in Kalari. Neelakandan holds Arabian Book of records.https://t.co/qjPQ6N1crN
— Sreejith (@sreejith1011) August 28, 2021
Sir, there is a small misunderstanding.he is young boy not a women. his name is Neelakandan from alappuzha ,kerala
— Vishnunath (@Vishnunath5016) August 27, 2021
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Soon after, the artist himself responded by acknowledging Mahindra’s praise. However the boy pointed out that he wasn’t a ‘young woman’ and even went on to reveal the reason why he’s been growing out his hair. Take a look-
Thanks a lot for your support and encouragement sir! A small correction – I am not a girl, I am a 10 year old boy. I am growing my hair long for a role in a planned short movie on Kalaripayattu. 🙏
— Prince Of Kalaripayattu (@PrinceKalari) August 27, 2021
The industrialist subsequently tweeted a humble apology, reports India Today.
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