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Tadra Kahani — old traditions for today's world

Chandra Fisi'iahi
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tadra Kahani is a word that comes from the fusion of the Hindi and Fijian language translating into "dream story" (tadra = dream in Fijian and kahani = story in Hindi).

Tadra Kahani was a reflection of how music, song and dance have always been a part of our culture and how young people can use these age-old forms of expression to communicate strong positive lifestyle messages about what affects their lives in today's modern world.

Tadra Kahani was celebrated for 20 years; the last show put together by schools around Fiji was in 2015.

For those 20 years the students from various schools were encouraged to use the resources around them when putting together a Tadra Kahani performance.

I remember watching the shows and falling in love with it and each year it got bigger and better as school adopted a theme on which to base their performance, the themes would largely reflect the current socio-economic issues face by Fiji and are put into forms of dances and plays.

Tadra Kahani was about all creative arts which provided an outlet not only for the release of this creativity but also getting the students involved into something they can be proud of and that they can contribute towards.

One of articles in The Fiji Times read "the three-night extravaganza is expected to attract people of all ages coming together to witness a phenomenon of explcit talent, originality and inspiring themes of young minds"

Tadra Kahani was organised by Communications Fiji Limited and managed by Total Events Company every year with various sponsors.

Tadra Kahani was about young people of Fiji and that they are our future and through their performances they portrayed strong messages about what they want for their future.

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