Lucky (R) is a high school drop-out
I didn't quit my education because of a financial crunch in the family. It was a rather impulsive decision taken by me when I was merely 15 years old. At that age, like any child, I didn't feel like studying anymore and decided to focus on puppetry. But that was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I feel you should not leave your elementary studies for your passion because passion can be pursued at any point in your life, but education needs a lot of patience and commitment before you resume it at some point of time.
I understood education's importance when I became popular with puppetry, an art which the last four generations of my family have pursued, and started travelling abroad for my shows and giving interviews. You need a formal education to be able talk and interact in a certain way with people, especially when you are stepping out of your own space.
So far I have travelled to 17 countries including USA, UK, Spain and Dubai, and the response has been phenomenal. In India, puppetry is a dying art form and parents today don't share this art with their children, and aspire for them to be techies.
But people appreciate art in a better way in abroad, and they compel us to do workshops to know more about it. In countries such as France and Spain, people respect an artist, treat them like a celebrity and they are so passionate about art. They even travel to India to learn it from us and stay here for four to five months for the workshops.
Sadly, in India, it is only restricted to schools or government ads. In urban India, people only see art as entertainment as puppetry involves folk dance and songs, too. But in rural India, we present important social messages through puppetry.
I would tell today's youth that it's okay to adapt western culture but we should not forget our own traditional art forms, be it classical dance, music, theatre or puppetry.
And last but not the least, everything has a perfect time. So when it's time to study, do it, or else you will end up being hapless despite having a flourishing job. Education makes you informed and street smart, and that is important to pursue any passion and make a good career.