Tell us about the company you have set up – when did you set it up, what products or services do you provide, what is your target market?
Formed in 2015, we currently have seven centres across Mumbai where our team teaches this beautiful art form to women from the age group of seven to 65. We also host various short term workshops all over the country and abroad. At Kohl, we teach the Egyptian Style of belly dance and focus on the techniques of isolation , fluidity and shimmies which are very important in belly dance. We take immense pride in being one of the only classes where women get the confidence and freedom and learn to accept their body the way it is. Belly dancing is a graceful dance form that helps them relax, feel comfortable and make them let go of all the stress and tension from their day to day routine.
Why did you set up the company? / What drove you to become an Entrepreneur?
I come from a culture where girls usually get married at an early age and have not worked much after completing their education. However, I have always loved belly dancing and believed that I had the confidence to start up a dance company like no other. My passion for this dance form coupled with the support of my parents has enabled me, along with my partner, to set up Kohl Belly Dance Movement.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
When it comes to dance, my biggest inspiration has always been my favourite belly dance teacher Sadie Marquardt, a brilliant dancer , teacher and performer.
How do you balance your work life and home life?
What advice do you have for women starting out on their own?
My advice for women would be to be confident and believe in themselves. Do not let anything or anyone stop you from making your dreams come true. In a male dominated country like ours, women face many challenges but be bold enough to build your own empire. Work hard and if you have the capabilities, just go for it!
The future for bellydance and Kohl specifically is very exciting. We will continue to spread the love for bellydance both in India as well as abroad. I will be traveling to various countries in 2016 to teach fusion bellydance workshops highlighting Indian fusion elements. Belly dance has been very close to my heart and will undoubtedly a big part of me forever.
This article was provided by WeAreTheCity Mumbai contributor Rachna Raichandani.