Student Leader Interview - Oorja Arora from Janki Devi Memorial College

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1. Tell us more about your roles and responsibilities at your college?

I liked dancing from the very beginning. It was only after I joined my college's Western Dance Society, Nritya, I started loving it. From 2017-2020, I have lived in various roles. From a fresher to the president of my team, it has been a great journey. I've always taught my team to not only be a dancer but a performer as well. 

Leading a western dance society is definitely not an easy task but one with full learning. With each month passing by, I was not only teaching my juniors but also learning from each one of them. I have done everything thinking about the team and production. I was very consumed in this and it has truly given me so much in life. My favorite part about the society will always be how positive and strong everyone has been throughout. I feel proud to see how they have grown into such beautiful human beings.

2. How did you rise up to your position and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it?

The beginning is always the hardest. Don't judge yourself before trying something, make mistakes. According to my, If you want to achieve something you should be patient enough. 

Everyone has different strengths and your progress doesn't need to match theirs. Just consistent hard work and by believing in yourself, you can do wonders. Another thing which is the most important is how one should do it for herself/himself before presenting it to someone else. The moment you start doing it for yourself, you grow immensely

3. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?

The biggest challenge I face as a dancer is to adapt to change. The beautiful thing about this art form is that it's constantly evolving. You have to learn new choreographies and styles. 

It's necessary to be versatile enough. My journey of learning, unlearning, and growth has been tremendous and Nritya has played a huge role in it. Today, I can see myself as a person which I never thought I could ever be. Being a part of any society brings the best in you. It not only teaches you to love your art but to love yourself.

4. What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?

Here I would like to mention how we, as a team overcame a situation that I will always be proud of. We started with a team of more than 20 dancers and gradually everyone started leaving the team because of various reasons. What I am really proud of is how each one of them stood strong throughout. 

The positions were changed, choreography changed and we had to do everything from the very beginning. This happened at a time when almost every other team in the circuit is done with their production. 

We were now a team of just 12 and almost everyone was dancing the whole production which is 8 mins and is not an easy task. We completed our production just a few days before the fest season of Delhi University begins. Nevertheless, we went for it and the amount of love we got from everyone there is one thing I can never forget.

5. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

Learning can never happen in a vacuum. Internships and conferences help a lot in the building of a person. The amount of exposure one gets can not be compared to anything. 




Interviewed by - Akanksha

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