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Fijian plays lead actress; Labasa kathak dancer gets big break in Mumbai

More than 10 years ago Labasa native, Sharon Chandra, went to India to learn the traditional dance, kathak. Today, she is not only a qualified classical dancer but a rising star, making a name for herself on Mumbai’s theatre scene. Her latest play, ‘Dhappa’, where she acts opposite renowned Bollywood actor, Puneet Issar, showcases her...

For the love of music – Drumming to pay his bills

Samresh Rao never thought music would pay his bills one day. But through dedication he has been able to demostrate to his friends and aspiring musicians that music can be a source of livelihood. All that is needed is passion and drive. “Those who want to pursue this profession, it will surely pay off provided...

Serving Fiji with music – Marriage of musical duo

For the past 50 years, Shraddha Dass has not only made Fiji her home. She has served Fiji with her musical talents and promoted classical Indian music too. Shraddha, who is originally from Madhya Pradesh, India is married to renowned Fijian musician Sattvik Dass. “At a very tender age of four, I started learning Indian...

Nothing is impossible – Navoce strives to excel

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. These words are epitomised in the life of Naomi Navoce who despite living with disability strives to excel in both art and business. Navoce said she blossomed after opening up to new ideas and possibilities. She was scrolling on Facebook one day when she saw an expression of...

The will to live — Living with a life threatening disease

Living with a life-threatening disease can turn one’s world upside down but Niko Rabuku prefers to think positive. Diagnosed with lupus six years ago, he has not let his condition take him down, despite knowing that it does not have any cure. Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or ‘SLE’) is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs...

Kumar comes a long way – From a village boy to an esteemed academic

From a small village child in Lavusa, Nadi to an esteemed academic at a prestigious Australian University, Professor Lalit Kumar used every bit of opportunity he got to carve his name into history. Prof Kumar grew up with four siblings and attended Togo Bhartiya School and Shri Vivekananda High school. His upbringing was humble, his...

Trailblazing to the top

Wati Tomasi Mocevakaca, is blazing a trail for women in the veterinary field. And in doing so, the enthusiastic 26-year-old is ticking off items on her education list — one degree at a time . “Took me about five and a half years to complete my Bachelors in veterinary science at the Fiji National University...

Bringing art to life – A teacher’s passion for drawing

A pencil, paper and concentration are all that schoolteacher Sumit Chand needs to bring a portrait or an old photo to life. The Tilak High School technical drawing teacher’s passion for art began when he was studying at Penang Sangam High School in Rakiraki. “I was inspired by my technical drawing teacher Mr Sanjay Mani...

Anabel Ali – Working for the good of humanity

Raised by a single parent has helped Anabel Ali see life through a different pair of lenses. Most of all, it has made her appreciate the simple things in life and valuing being of service to others. She praises her mother for her unerring support and for shaping her character to be the strong women...

A green warrior – Epeli’s love for the environment

A devoted champion for the environment for many years and a familiar face in the community, Epeli Lalagavesi is a green warrior. Originally from Wainika in Cakaudrove, Vanualevu, the 24-year-old enjoys the little things in life and finds joy in volunteering and helping people. “My labours of love include volunteering, sailing, stand-up paddling and cycling,...

Helping others – Rabuli loves to volunteer

A zealous volunteer, Solomone Rabuli, dedicates his time between two worlds — the bank where he works on weekdays and the community where he spends his weekends. He would love it no other way. The Tailevu native works at the ANZ Bank as a security consultant. He entered the workspace with no fancy degree but...

From failure to law graduate – Choice has consequences — Wainiqolo

In 2018, Edwin Wainiqolo walked into the University of Fiji campus a failure and without a direction in life. Now, four years later, Wainiqolo has not only been admitted to the bar but has acquired his LLB degree with distinction after being awarded the gold medal for being the university’s most outstanding law graduate. “Four...

Lala Harman – Eyes masi business

Lala Harman understands hardship like the back of her hand. But she is not letting her painful past define her and her future. She was distraught when her husband died in 2007 and she was faced with the reality that she had to look after her seven children on her own. “I didn’t know what...

Sundressan Permal – Following his dad’s footsteps

Sewing has long been viewed as a woman’s job. But like his father Sundressan Permal is among the handful of men who have made names for themselves in tailoring. The 56-year-old Suva tailor got involved not by choice but out of necessity to keep his father’s memory alive. His father started a tailoring business in...

Sur Sen – Enjoying farm life

At 60, when you’d expect many his age to be enjoying retirement, Sur Sen, still loves to get his hands dirty and shows no sign of slowing down. Apart from his family, farming has been his life and is the one thing that makes him truly happy, physically strong and mentally healthy. The grandfather-of-six is...

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