Leading with music, towards a better future

In India, where children often face enormous pressure to excel in academia, it can be quite difficult for the non-academically inclined to follow their dreams.
And if you are born into a family of school teachers, the pressure is even greater. This was the case for Vidyashree, a 28-year-old music program facilitator at Enabling Leadership.

Vidyashree’s childhood was full of struggle at school. Her father, who was a high school principal, used to worry a lot about her academic performance.

At one point, out of desperation he even got her to change schools in order to help improve things.

The new school proved to be a blessing for young Vidyashree. Here, she met a new teacher and role model, who was very supportive of her and helped her overcome her inhibitions and think clearly about her future goals.

Passionate about music, Vidyashree decided to pursue this field professionally. She was a first-generation music learner in her family and completed her graduation in music. She successfully became a music teacher and worked for three years in a school in Dharwad.

She joined Enabling Leadership this year as a music facilitator and is very excited about working in the ‘Leadership through Music’ program with children in Dharwad.

“I don’t want these children to face the same problems I did. I think this program will help a lot in making these children more confident and responsible,” says Vidyashree.

 

Vidyashree is also currently pursuing her PhD in Hindustani and folk music. “I want to start a music institute in the future. Hopefully, that will also create jobs for the youth in Dharwad,” she says.

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