Ever since I was a child I have had
a particular interest in dance. I wanted to learn Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance which involves complex movements requiring plenty of hand-eye-foot coordination and allowed me to relate to my cultural origin. At age seven, I started my amazing journey of learning this pure dance form from my teacher. The passion I had for dance was what drove me to master the techniques and complete my graduation performance known as Arangetram.
An Arangetram is a solo debut on
stage that takes special one on one training prior to the event. In my case, I had a year of this special training. I had to build up the stamina to dance on stage for over one and a half hours and perfect my technique. The practices were very intense and three months prior to the event, I had to practice daily. When I started practicing daily, I also started a diet consisting of only healthy foods to help increase my stamina and be healthy. For a whole year I basically lived for this event. In the end, all my hard work paid off when the overall performance went well. Looking back at this event, I feel proud of myself and am glad I did my Arangetram and learned Bharatanatyam. I did not do this to show my talent to others or to please everyone. I did it for myself because it helped me grow up and see things in a different way. To this day, I really believe this was the single most important event in my life that changed me internally.
Completing an Arangetram is not very
common in my culture due to the effort and expenses involved. Since I got the opportunity, I wanted it to be the best. That drive made me put so much effort during my junior year, balancing dance and academics. Before I started my journey for Arangetram in my junior year, I was low on confidence with...