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Issue Date: August 1-15, 2011, Posted On: 8/9/2011

20 Under 20 Award Winners 2011: Juhi Razdan Kuchroo

Juhi Razdan Kuchroo

20, Newton, Mass.
Harvard University

Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

My name is Juhi Kuchroo and I am a junior at Harvard College. I am concentrating in human developmental and regenerative biology (stem cell research).  I am currently the vice president of Harvard Stem Cell Society and outreach chair for Harvard Sangeet, Harvard’s South Asian music group. This past year I also served as the arts direction chair for Harvard South Asian Association.  This year I received the Harvard Detur Award and the Harvard College Scholarship for academic excellence. 

I’ve grown up attending Newton Bal Vihar and was a teacher for four years. I truly appreciate the values and knowledge I have gained from this wonderful experience.

What accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?

My brother and I published a book entitled “A Refugee in My Own Country” in 2010. We wrote this book after visiting refugee camps in Jammu, India, where Kashmiri pandits, who fled from Kashmir in the late 1980s, are currently living. Visiting refugee camp schools, we noticed a complete lack of necessities. The children didn’t have blackboards, books, pens or even running water to drink. For the past eight years, we have been visiting these camp schools and raising funds in the United States to help the schools in any way we can. We have been able to donate water bottles, stationary and several computers. We decided to write this book so that we could bring the plight of the Kashmiri refugees to the world. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the refugee children in Jammu.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I am particularly fond of singing and dancing. I have been trained in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi styles of dances. I had my Arangetram with my brother, Manik Kuchroo, in 2007. I have received training in Hindustani and Western classical music as well and was a member of the New England Conservatory of Music Youth Chorale and Camerata.

Who inspires you the most (such as family, friends, teachers, heroes)?

My brother, Manik, is a person who inspires me everyday of my life. Perhaps it is his infectious laugh, his sense of humor or even just his smile, but he lights up every room he enters. He is a positive, good-hearted person. His selflessness and sincerity are truly admirable. I feel blessed to be his sister.

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