Kathak dancer Rekha Mehra tries to make the world a better place, one step at a time
Kathak dancer Dr. Rekha Mehra wants to bridge the gap between the have and the have-nots. She has recently been honoured with the International Women’s Day Award 2017 by Delhi Government.art and culture Updated: Apr 08, 2017 19:48 IST
Lending a helping hand to the destitute, Delhi-based classical dancer and singer Rekha Mehra aims to make the world free from the divide that exists between the haves and the have-nots.
The 45-years-old says, “I want to make things better for all. To begin with, I trained children of my helper and then went to various schools to make kids aware about these free classes that I run at Safdarjung.”
For her contribution, the dancer was felicitated with International Women’s Day Awards 2017 by the Delhi government. There are around 150 kids at her institute, where she teaches dance, music, tailoring and stitching, thrice a week. Mehra says, “I work with a team of other teachers who help me train them. The kids are low on confidence, and they need encouragement.”
The artist also provides a platform to these kids to showcase their talent. “I want them to believe that they are equally talented like anyone else. The Delhi government is organising an event, and six of our students will be participating in it,” she says. In addition to this, she has also choreographed a few dance and thematic events for social awareness for the promotion of physical, social and mental well-being of women and children like HIV-AIDS, global warming, save girl child and many more.
Mehra has been training the kids for the last five years, besides doing her own shows. She is known to present the Indian mythology and tradition through her dance. “I have performed at several Indian and International festivals that include Lucknow Mahostave, Mahakhumbha, International Trade Fair, Khajuraho Festival, Festival of India, Common Wealth Games Programme, Sharjah festival,Onam festival in Maldives,” she says.