“Winning First Prize at the Kala Mahotsav was a dream come true”
Girls’ Team from Government Senior Secondary School, Budhpur, Rewari, Haryana
During the ice-breaker session of the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program team from Bharti Foundation met with the Principal, Mr. R K Sharma, and teachers from Government Senior Secondary School, Budhpur, Rewari (Haryana); dancing emerged as a major area of interest for girls enrolled there. Aware of the resistance that the girls were likely to face in their community, the Principal lent full strength of his support to promote their interest. He was convinced that folk dance was a means to help these girls find the roots of the glorious traditions and culture of Haryana.
To promote their talent, Bharti Foundation initiated an art and culture club in the school, where a team of 15 girls received regular coaching to hone their folk dance skills. With professional support and guidance available to them, the team began to win First prizes at Block, District and State levels of the popular Kala Mahotsav (Art Festival) organized by the Government of Haryana.
The highlight of their efforts was when they won the title of runners up at the National level. Their performance and win underlines the state government’s focus on the ‘Beti Padhao Beti Bachao’ campaign.
Ecstatic with their achievement the girls enthused, “The support given by Bharti Foundation in identifying and encouraging our talent has helped us achieve the impossible! They helped us in designing support materials (banners, video tutorials, etc) and providing us with costumes. Their encouragement made us confident and helped us focus on our performance.” These joyful and energetic girls from the remote villages of Haryana had proved to the Nation that when girls are given their place in the sun, they can outshine any prejudice, swaying the opinion of an entire community in the favour of good.
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