During the ice-breaker session, the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program team met with the Principal, Mr. R K Sharma and teachers from the Government Senior Secondary School. Dance 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 all 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 victory underlined 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 rightful place in the sun, they can outshine any prejudice and sway the opinion of an entire community towards goodness.
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