October 11, 2016 Asmita Aggarwal

Success Asana

Arya Bhat is more than just a pretty face as the boy from Kashmir hopes to be a yoga instructor.

By Asmita Aggarwal

From the land of Kashmir best described by a Sufi saint, “if there is any heaven, it is here, it is here”, Arya Bhat is a man to watch out for. Beneath those rippling muscles is a sharp mind that understands the nuances of the modelling world.

After completing his bachelor’s in computers, he decided to give the catwalk a shot by tagging along with a friend for an audition for Punjab Fashion Week, five years ago. “I got selected and then as they proverbially say, there was no looking back,” he adds.

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Raised between Jammu and Kashmir, where his father shuttled as a government officer, Arya despite having a degree in computers never wanted to pursue an office job which entailed sitting in front of a laptop from 9 to 6 pm, so he also learnt the art of yoga. “I am a certified yoga instructor and enjoy kick boxing, running and cycling to keep fit,” he adds.

Modelling also gave Arya, the opportunity of a lifetime, to see the world. “There are many good assignments that male models are bagging now with print, campaigns and runway options open to them, but modelling has a shelf life and I know that it can’t be a profession unless you finally aspire for Hindi cinema,” he admits.

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Even though Arya dabbled in theatre, he did get a few offers from Bollywood which he is still considering, as he concludes, “Ten years down the line I will be a yoga instructor, that’s what my true calling is.”

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