By Kanika Dhupar @kanika_kd

SNAKE boy Aditya Kumar Jangum’s hyper-flexibility has made him a celebrity in his hometown

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Videographer / director: Shams Qari
Producer: Haziq Qadri, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Joshua Douglas

Aditya can bend his body into a number of different positions

Living near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, India, 13-year-old Aditya has spent eight years honing his contortionist and yoga skills.

His condition, hypermobility, has amazed his parents and friends, but Aditya wants to use it to his advantage and carve his name into the Guinness Book of World records.

The 13 year old can rotate his head 160 degrees
Aditya bends while performing at his school

Aditya credits his crazy twisting skills to his coach - Mangesh Kopker - who has been training him for eight years.

He said: “I have been practising contortion for eight years and my coach has taught me the technicality and intricacies involved in performing these moves.”

Aditya often shows off his bendy talents at his school and amazes local villagers

His bendy moves never worried his parents. Amazed by their child’s skills - they never took him to a doctor, instead they took him Mangesh Kopker, Aditya’s coach of eight years.

His mum, Pranali Prakash Jangum, is so used to Aditya’s moves that she does not bat an eyelid when she sees her boy join the family for meals at the lunch table.

He likes to warm up on the school lawns before he performs

Happy to perform for an audience around his house or at the academy, Aditya is a celebrity of sorts in the locality. He said, “I am extremely happy with my flexibility and want to earn a name for myself using my abilities in future.”

As well as natural ability, Aditya has been having lessons to help him make use of his bendy frame

Nicknamed the Snake Boy, his friends and family think he is a superstar.

Aditya’s signature moves include contorting his legs so far backwards that they rest on his shoulders.

His flexibility may have been nature’s gift, but it took him two to three years of extreme hard work to achieve excellence.

He has recently become known as the 'snake boy'

Nowhere close to ‘perfection,’in his own words, Aditya said, “I required a lot of help in the initial year, now not so much. I am still not close to perfection.”

Coach Mangesh Kopker has been training Aditya for the last eight years.

Aditya is very happy to be blessed with his special ability

Kopker trains 20 to 30 kids in his academy, ‘but no one is as flexible as Aditya.'

Aditya’s coach wants to mentor this teen into a world-famous contortionist.

Impressed with Aditya’s skill, Kopker pays special attention to this bendy boy, courtesy his Practice, Patience and Perseverance, at such a young age.

He trains in aerial and yoga practises to increase his flexibility

Kopker said, “Aditya has never bunked or missed a single practise session.”
“With so much passion and flexibility, I want Aditya to scale greater heights each day.”

Dedicated and passionate to the core, this bendy boy aims to register his name in the Guinness Book of World Records, and make his family and coach super proud.