Kahaani has finally come to an end, and we have finished performing. Above is the video of our last performance. I think that through Kahaani, I’ve really learned a lot about the challenges that come with learning new skills. In this case, it was Indian dancing. Because I’m not a natural dancer, it was particularly difficult for me to learn how each dance move is executed. However, with time and practice, I think I have improved for my first time and I think I’m continuously learning. It was challenging for me as a lot of people who did this activity had some prior experience with Indian dancing, and if not, regular dancing, but by learning from others, I was able to understand how I can improve personally and learn this new skill. I now understand the importance of collaborating with others and asking them for help when I don’t understand something to the full extent. Everyone was really kind and taught me, I think that by collaborating and talking with others, I was able to not only learn more about dance but also form some stronger relationships with people I might have otherwise not talked to (like G12s, G10s etc.) It was difficult to ensure that everyone was doing the same dance move at exactly the same time and keeping the synchronisation, but after a while, I realised that didn’t really matter so much. What mattered was that we were all having fun and giving it our all.
Beyond just learning about dancing, I’ve also understood the global impact of Kahaani and what it aims to do. This fundraising Indian dance showcase raises awareness on all the amazing work that the Kolkata Service has been doing, as well as raising awareness about the mentally and physically disabled children who are abandoned by family or sent to centres for treatment. I’ve realised just how important and significant the show and the awareness and funds raised by the show can have on the individuals’ lives. I love that by being a part of this beautiful show, I am helping out in a small way in changing these people’s lives.