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YLDP Session on Art and Culture

HOUSTON: The seventh session of Youth Leadership Development Program focusing on Art and Culture was held at the Kiva Hall, University of Houston. During this session, the YLDP students had the pleasure of meeting two prominent members of the Indian community, Rathna Kumar and best-selling author Chitra Divakaruni, who are known for their immense talent and success. They spoke to the students about their enchanting journeys.

One of the speakers of the session, Rathna Kumar spoke about her journey as a dancer, a teacher, and most of all a student of the school of life. She recited a quote, “The only way to find the limits of the possible is to go beyond in the impossible.” The quote inspired students to reach for the highest and discover life in unlimited ways. She said, “Every great person’s journey consists of trials and tribulations and no path is ever smooth.” Dedication and determination in trying to accomplish what you love are extremely vital in your journey. She advised the students that in order to succeed in the field you love, you have to set goals and always keep your mind on what you believe in, no matter what hardships or obstacles come in your way. If you want to excel at singing, dancing, painting, writing, or any other kind of cultural art form, it is necessary to stay motivated and strong throughout the long haul and never give up.

Following Kumar, the best-selling author and University of Houston Creative Writing professor, Chitra Divakaruni, shared her thoughts. Divakaruni recounts her time as a child in India and listening to her grandfather’s stories which influenced her writing to a large extent. Intending to be a professor during her graduate program at University of California Berkeley, she decided to write after an impactful event in her life. Like Mrs. Rathna Kumar, Mrs. Divakaruni is an example of a passionate woman who worked to reach her goals. Divakaruni told students to keep working towards one’s passion and improve on mistakes to become stronger. She also read few passages from her latest book, One Amazing Thing. Later, each student was given one of her books and Mrs. Divakaruni very lovingly autographed the books and wished the students best in their lives. These strong, passionate women of the Indian community have marked their places at a large scope and inspired the YLDP students to achieve the same.  For enrolling for the coming academic year please visit www.yldphouston.org or contact Nimmi Vale at nimmivale@gmail.com


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