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Taare Zameen Par giving Talents to Society

Updated: May 20, 2022

1. Why did I start Taare Zameen Par?

Answer: I discovered that i love being with children and making a difference into their lives. So I started classes where i would talk about life skill values for children from 8 to 16 years in the year 2016. I was also on Sabbatical at that time. I used to interact with lot of parents as well as children on regular basis. During these interactions, I realised that there are multiple aspects where there is some gap between parents and children perspectives. It also helped me reflect towards my parenting. Though both, parent and child were correct from their individual perspectives, a gap was visible in understanding and communication at times. So I started giving assignments that would need involvement and communication from both - parents as well as children. Slowly and gradually, these assignments started serving as a tool to bridge the gap. This made me look at the bigger picture. As these were physical classes, it would always have limited scope and I started thinking how can I create impact globally. That’s when the idea of coming up with an online platform struck me. I realise online platform is the only way to create an impact at global level. This is when “Taare Zameen Par” online platform was born. "Taare Zameen Par(TZP)" is a platform to showcase talent and in turn create positive impact on mental health of families as well as parent child bonding. It is a community of 11K+ parents. It is one platform where more than 240 live performances of children have been done in one year and completely free. TZP has been a kick off platform for children to start their journey of passion and doing what they love. Children have received World Records, learnt completely new skills, gained self confidence, overcome stage fear, improved communication skills, received recognition in their immediate circle and developed a strong bond with their parents due to TZP platform.

2. Major problems you faced while starting this platform

Answer: TZP is an online global platform and there are rules and policies to be followed. The platform consists of different members from different places and culture. Individuals might have their own goals and would seek support from the platform. It is important to maintain balance between following the rules and also ensuring that the platform can be of support to genuine members. This is one major challenge faced while running an online platform.

Similar challenge was faced during the Shining Star Award process. The awardees for Shining Star Awards were selected by juries but there were multiple requests received to include names of children who were not part of the process from the beginning.

Entire TZP team and I have always handled such challenge by being straight and communicating what is possible and what is not as per the set rules. Clear communication and transparency has always helped us in doing right things.

3. What are Future vision for Taare Zameen Par ?

Answer: There are a few plans for the future:

  • At TZP, we have children from India performing live on the platform right now. Children from Indian culture from other countries like US, UK, Dubai have also participated. As a next step, we want to bring in culture and talent from other countries on the platform and have amalgamation of different cultures through this platform

  • Shining star Award event was done for Maharashtra state in Sep’21 where 51 children were selected and awarded. We plan to extend this event to other states of India and gradually have talent across India be recognised

  • We also plan to have State Ambassadors and Regional Ambassadors for TZP across India to have parents and children from all over India join the platform

  • We also plan to start an initiative where children and families who do not have any passion as of now can discover their passion through different tools and counseling

4. Gratitude to all who supported me in this journey.

Answer: My Family –my husband Abhijit , both my daughters Shreya and Sreshta ,my parents, parents-in-law and my brother Chirag. My entire TZP Core Team Vibha Shinde, Aastha Katara, Ekta Mehta, Farhat Pedekar, Surbhi Thakkar..

My TZP Extended Team – Sheetal Nanal, Nidhi Bhandare, Kavitha Krishnamoorthy

All my friends who supported me in this journey, are close to my heart and I feel grateful for having them with me.

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