Can music be the pursuit of happiness for any individual?
Can multiple surgeries defy you from realizing your passion for singing?
Can Autism prevent you from performing on the biggest gameshow of India?
Where can you discover the finest singers with disabilities?
Have you ever wondered why did the famed poet Henry Longfellow say, “Music is the universal language of mankind?” He said it because it’s true. He said it because the people who understand music agree to this. He said it because music indeed binds everyone along with its rhythm. Read on to know more about 3 personalities, who prove that love for music cannot be hindered by any disability.
Sagar Kapoor: Using music to embrace life
Music was exciting and most importantly therapeutic for Sagar Kapoor, 28 years old. He wasn’t gifted the power to look at the world, and so he decided to turn to music to embrace the beauty of life. Sagar is a proficient vocalist, a B.A. Hons. in Indian classical vocal, and has been performing Sufi, Ghazal, Devotional bhajans, and Bollywood songs at National and International platforms since 2012. He is not just a dazzling singer, but a man with a golden heart, who believes in imparting music lessons through online and offline mode, and is always up for helping others. Sagar believes that going blind has taught him how to live life with eyes-wide-open and made him more independent. If you think he is different from the rest of the world, maybe you are right, because he certainly has made a mark for himself, which most of us cannot.
Hire the very talented and extremely hard working Sagar Kapoor for your next event here!
Navya Rose Thomas: The Unforgettable Voice
Locomotor disability causes problems in a person’s movement from one place to another and is related to bones, joints, and muscles. Navya Rose Thomas is 24-year-old, who had to undergo a Total Hip Replacement Surgery as well as an operation on her hands when she was eleven. However, this didn’t stop her from achieving what she really desired. She was an ardent lover of music right from early childhood and seemed to have an innate talent for singing. A prominent singer hailing from Kerala, Navya can sweep your heart with her spellbinding voice and songs in Malayalam and Tamil. She has participated in various music competitions and bagged laurels for her talent. Her voice has added to the charm and beauty of many prestigious events and she believes in living life to the fullest. You can hire her for your corporate events and gatherings to see for yourself, the magic of her mesmerizing voice.
Navya Rose Thomas will mesmerize you with her singing skills and her contagious smile, hire her here.
Risshan Patil: The Young Rockstar
Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Risshan Patil is just 15 years old and has already established himself as a rockstar. He is a teen with special needs and an innate passion for music. Diagnosed with autism at age 2, music is his go-to activity for calming his social anxiety and his means to express and communicate. His favorite tunes range from Kishore Kumar and Coldplay to the Beatles and RD Burman. He hopes that his music can help in creating awareness and making this world a more inclusive and a better place to live. He is a part of the 6 Pack Band 2.0 and has shared platforms with stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shaan on KBC and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.
Your next event or function will definitely be a big hit with Risshan there to liven up the atmosphere. Hire him here.
From Sagar who teaches music, Navya who shines defying her surgeries, to Risshan who achieved a lot even at such an age, all are very different from one another in terms of their musical abilities and the disabilities they deal with, but what is common between them is the urge to succeed, the passion to never give up and the dedication towards music. One cannot do anything about the way they were born, but the power to either crib about it, or make lemonades when life gives you lemons is in one’s hand.
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