16 Young Indians You Should Watch Out For In 2016

No pressure.

1. 1. Kenny Sebastian

The 25-year-old made his mark in the comedy scene this year, performing all over the country and producing some kick-ass online content.

2. 2. Saina Nehwal

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The shuttler became the first Indian woman to reach the finals of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships, as well as achieve the world number 1 ranking.

3. 3. Nikita Singh

Just 24, Singh is already the author of several books, with her latest title, After All This Time, which was published this year.

4. 4. Yatharth Ratnum

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The 19-year-old Hindustani classical vocalist from Varanasi showed off his versatility as he became the first winner of The Stage, India’s first English language singing competition.

5. 5. Mohini Dey

When you leave a guitar legend like Steve Vai positively speechless, and you’re like, freakin’ 19 YEARS OLD, you know you’re doing something right.

6. 6. Nungshi Malik & 7. Tashi Malik

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The twins became the youngest ever to achieve the Explorer’s Grand Slam, a feat that involves scaling the highest mountain peak on every continent, as well as reaching the North and South poles.

7. 8. Rupi Kaur

This Toronto-based 22-year-old took to Instagram to share her poetry, dealing with various topics. She has also published a book of poems, called Milk And Honey.

8. 9. Shweta Katti

Katti inspired people from around the world after her story about growing up in a “red light area” and making her way out of it to secure admission in a college in USA went viral on Facebook.

9. 10. Dhruv Visvanath

The multi-instrumentalist, who was the only Indian mentioned in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “30 Great Guitarists Under 30” list, released his debut album, Orion, this year.

10. 11. Sania Mirza

Mirza had one of the best years of her career, as she won the year-end WTA doubles event, as well as the U.S Open and Wimbledon doubles titles, with her partner Martina Hingis.

11. 12. Naezy

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The Mumbai resident’s unique brand of rap is taking the industry by storm, culminating in a performance at this year’s NH7 Weekender, as well as penning the title track for the first season of On Air With AIB.

12. 13. Bajrang Punia

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Only 21, the freestyle wrestler won gold at the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, a feat which resulted in his being awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award this year.

13. 14. Radhika Apte

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The accomplished theatre actress had a breakout year in Bollywood in 2015, with well-received performances in several movies, including Badlapur, Hunterrr and Manjhi - The Mountain Man.

14. 15. Axar Patel

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The 21-year-old’s all-rounder’s achievement’s in the IPL last year didn’t go unnoticed, as he was included in the Indian national team for ODIs and T20s.

15. 16. Vidya

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Under the moniker of Vidya Vox, the vocalist captivated audiences with various mashups and covers on YouTube, amassing a considerable following along the way.

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Shayan Roy is a writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.
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