Nishanthini loves talking and has compered at school functions and celebrations. She has also participated in drama competitions in school and won prizes. She says that her teachers helped her in identifying her talent and motivating her to hone it.
In her keenness for this vocation, she listens to FM radio on the mobile and watches music channels and live anchoring shows on TV, and is inspired to follow in the footsteps of popular TV anchors like Vijay TV's Priyanka.
Nishanthini joined Isha Vidhya Cuddalore in UKG on a scholarship and is now in Grade 10. Her parents are grateful for the quality education, scholarship, safety, free transport, mid-day meal, and teachers' care that their daughter receives.
Nishanthini is driven to excel due to her family's economic condition – her father is a daily wage earner. She has been a class leader and a class topper; she hopes to excel in Grade 10 too.
Aarthi, a Class 11 student of Isha Vidhya Salem, was drawn to architecture and interior design during a school field trip to the Airavateswara temple at Tanjavur, Dharasuram, a few years back.
She says, “I was impressed by the intricate designs on the walls of the temples and thought I should pursue this as a career.” She then began browsing the Internet and was amazed by the temples at Mahabalipuram. This cemented her desire to study architecture.
Aarthi has been a class topper and has also won prizes in throw ball and tennikoit at the zonal level. She says that her teachers’ encouraging words, “You can do it, you have such good skills,” inspire her to do well in academics.
She aims to do well in Class 12 and gain admission to Anna University, Chennai, and become an architect with innovative styles for common good. She also wants to build low-cost housing for the poor.
Harisri watches cartoons avidly and loves the Smurfs cartoon. When she won a prize in an art competition, it motivated her further. No one in her family is artistically inclined but she is intent on pursuing an undergraduate course in animation after Grade 12.
Harisri is a scholarship student who joined Isha Vidhya Erode in LKG. Now in Grade 11, Harisri was a class leader and class topper in Grade 10 with a score of 94%. Her family members, teachers, friends, and her family situation inspire her to do well. She says that her teachers are like mothers nudging their children to wakefulness and that they've constantly helped her overcome her shortcomings to do well academically.
Priyadarshini, a Class 9 student of Isha Vidhya Cuddalore has been interested in art and craft since childhood. The daughter of a fisherman, she discovered natural colors when she couldn't find any artificial colors at home and now uses nothing else to paint.
She discovered her calling at Isha Vidhya in the craft class, where she learned to make artifacts out of newspaper and dried coconut tree waste, among other materials. She is inspired by both local art and Indian art forms that she learned about in the art & craft class at school.
A few years ago, her works that were displayed at Sadhguru's yoga program in Texas, US, helped raise funds for Isha Vidhya. Besides winning first prize in an art & craft competition hosted by noted film art director Suresh Selvaraj last year, Priyadarshini has consistently won prizes at inter-school art competitions.
She wants to take an art course after Class 12 to hone her creative skills, and then she wants to make and sell handicrafts to help poor students. Priyadarshini's parents are proud of her talent and support her.
Deebha has been dabbling with colors since childhood, encouraged by parents, despite the fact that no one in her family is artistically inclined. She enjoys painting landscapes the most and prefers to use pastel colors because she believes they give her drawings a more natural look. Naturally, the art and craft class is dear to her, and her favorite artist is Raja Ravi Varma.
Deebha has won awards at both the national and district levels in art competitions, and she was also chosen for the wall painting at Chennai Airport for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This multi-talented student has also won awards in scientific and athletic competitions. She says that the numerous art competitions held at school as well as various locations has helped her hone her skills while receiving encouragement and motivation from her teachers.
A Class 11 student at Isha Vidhya Villupuram, Deebha is studying on a merit scholarship for her above-average grades in Class 10.
She intends to pursue further studies in Computer Science while continuing to nurture her love of painting.
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