Prisha Thakkar - ARPIT 2020 Kathak Concert
ย ย – Prisha Thakkar, a student and teacher at RSCA and Core Team member of ARPIT 2020 Kathak Concert

“Put music to our problems, and we’ll dance them away.”

My heart fills with nostalgia when I picture myself six months ago, travelling 9KMs to and from my kathak class and my college. I would rush back to see my students all excited to learn something new, doing my riyaaz, performing. That Pleasure!

It all feels so close yet so far! Who knew we will be confined to our homes? Who knew, a life source like air, couldn’t be consumed without a filter? Who’d have guessed that the definition of ‘NORMAL’ is going to change so drastically?

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”

The pandemic has definitely been tough and unusual for all of us but nothing stops us from pursuing our dreams.

Personally, being a Kathak student, dancer, performer and teacher, this pandemic has given me immense time to gain perspective and work on myself. I was able to devote my time for in-depth riyaaz sessions not just to try to master grace myself but to teach my students the art of striving for perfection.ย  Well, letโ€™s not forget how disturbed my neighbours are with the sound of ghunghroos and how my family has leant to repeatedly listen to the Lehra/taal owing to the fact I practise all day long!

As a teacher, needless to say, my heart belongs to teaching kathak classes physically, having mini chit-chat sessions with my girls whilst they tied and untied their ghunghroos and adding the human touch while rectifying their hastaks and postures. But well, we gotta do, what we gotta do! Nevertheless, I feel overwhelmed to see my students so enthusiastic -logging into their accounts of seekLMS, waiting for class to start, revising their lessons, sending in practice videos and working on the corrections as instructed.

Lately, the Rujuta Soman Cultural Academy has taken a bold step to execute our annual kathak concert featuring student performances – ‘ARPIT’ digitally! Being a core member for the same, has been an exciting journey from the very beginning. Having calls day in and day out, managing viewership, content, virtual meetings with parents, recording performances from their respective homes, editing and finally putting it all together- trying to figure out how we can put up the best show in the limited resources available. Well, “The harder the struggle, the better the result”.

Seeing the passion of the students – deciding on costumes, collective efforts of the family to put up a background, recording – just fills my heart with so much of joy! The unity in diversity, that we possess in going to definitely make our show an Imperfectly Perfect one.

All in all, this pandemic has unquestionably played a major impact on my life. Holding the good memories of the past close to my heart. Creating new memories in the present. Here I am feeling grateful and thankful for all I have got. Learning, growing and evolving and instilling the same dedication in my students.

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10 Comments

  • Posted October 30, 2020 12:39 am 0Likes
    by Shatma Nair

    You are an inspiration!
    Your passion and dedication to Kathak is commendable
    Which reflects in the way you teach as well.
    Am proud to be your student.
    Wishing Rujutaji, You and each of us,the students a grand success in our digital journey and pray that we get to dance together physically very soon !!

  • Posted October 29, 2020 10:21 pm 0Likes
    by Saloni Jain

    So well written ๐Ÿ’• love you, girl โ™ฅ๏ธ

  • Posted October 26, 2020 4:33 pm 0Likes
    by Vasundhara lad

    You are very hard working and focused and this shows when you perform and teach your students. Keep it up Prisha๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Posted October 25, 2020 10:31 am 0Likes
    by Richa

    Beautifully written prisha. And it’s an honour that my daughter is getting mentored by you and Rujuta didi๐Ÿ™

  • Posted October 24, 2020 9:02 pm 0Likes
    by Kumi

    Proud of you and your family.Like your positive thinking.Keep it up and enjoy your future.

  • Posted October 24, 2020 8:27 pm 0Likes
    by Mukti Thakkar

    Very nice Prisha keep it up , good going all the best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Posted October 24, 2020 8:26 pm 0Likes
    by DARSH

    Being Prisha’s brother, I can relate to a lot. Those countless hours of riyaaz and hard work she put in. Not only as a student but also as a teacher she made sure that the growth of her students didn’t get affected during the pandemic which is truly commendable.
    After all the effort put into Digital Arpit by all the members, I am sure it is going to be a success.
    All the best RSCA!

  • Posted October 24, 2020 8:18 pm 0Likes
    by Meena

    Superb ,Fantastic n Sincere .Keep it up .God Bless U ๐Ÿ‘Œโค๏ธ

  • Posted October 24, 2020 7:54 pm 0Likes
    by Priti

    Good to see that you are living your best! May you succeed in whatever you are trying to achieve ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Posted October 24, 2020 6:24 pm 0Likes
    by Prachiti Chauhan

    This is so nicee!!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿฅฐ

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