On fol­low­ing your pas­sion

SHA­BANA DA­GAR 46 Ar­chiv­ist, Ra­jasthan

India Today - - WOMEN FOR WOMEN - By Harshita Das

Suc­cess breeds suc­cess

Once you get power, you have the ca­pa­bil­ity to aim at and achieve big­ger tar­gets. With power comes the de­sire for more power but care­less ex­e­cu­tion can spoil that. So, use power to bring about change and as your strength to fight out the odds.

Don’t take no for an an­swer

In my gha­rana—the Dhru­pad gha­rana from Ra­jasthan—women were not al­lowed to learn mu­sic and per­form. But I re­sisted and de­cided that if

I can’t learn, I will still go out of the way and sup­port In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic, es­pe­cially Dhru­pad. My fa­ther Alimud­din Khan Da­gar and my ma­ter­nal un­cle Padma Bhushan Us­tad Rahim Fahimud­din Khan Da­gar in­spired and en­cour­aged me against the wishes of the rest of the fam­ily.

Set def­i­nite goals for your­self

Some­times, in or­der to suc­ceed, you will have to swim against the cur­rent. While you are swim­ming, ev­ery­one around you is ap­pre­hen­sive and doubt­ful, and peo­ple even try to de­mor­alise you. But, once you cross the mark and reach the tar­get, they are the ones who boost your morale.

# Make your own rules

I be­lieve in fol­low­ing rules and break­ing them too. It all de­pends on the con­text. For in­stance, I broke my fam­ily rule that women shouldn’t be seen on stage. But I very strongly be­lieve that women are change­mak­ers be­yond mus­cle power and can sus­tain hard­ships bet­ter than men. So, don’t think twice be­fore do­ing some­thing un­usual.

Pho­to­graph by RA­JWANT RAWAT

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