Remember those mesmerising performances on wheelchairs in the reality show India’s Got Talent, those swirling wheelchairs in Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’, the guy who rocked the stage without his legs or that blind girl who sang melodiously in the auditions of Indian Idol junior or the T20 world cup for the blind. Such talents are not made, they are born and they need to be nurtured as a diamond needs to be polished and shaped.
India is full of such talent; some of them showcased their talent through art and others showcased their abilities in helping the differently-abled people but what binds all of them together is their resilience to achieve their dreams and show to the world that no disability could be so big that it can stop people from pursuing their passions and excel in them. Supriya Aggarwal finds out some polished and hidden talents of our country; have a look at their journeys.
Ability Unlimited Foundation
Ability Unlimited Foundation is a place of hope and meaningful life. Working towards the benefit of differently-abled people irrespective of race, religion, caste, colour and creed, AUF strives to break this vicious circle through a holistic and dynamic programme aimed at recognising, nurturing, and enabling the hidden potential and talents within the differently-abled youngsters. It is committed to changing the apathy, negativity and fear that surrounds the education, employment and arts through the specially designed therapeutic education, vocational training and professional dance-theatre performances with innovative methodology as it firmly believes in the fact that “seeing is believing”. Students like Gulshan Kumar, Ashiq Usman and Priya Kumari have made AUF a synonym of hope and give the message of equality, dignity, equal opportunities and full participation and protection of their rights so that they can be on the same platform as the non-disabled.
The brainchild of Guruji Syed Sallauddin Pasha, AUF revered as ‘Father of Indian Therapeutic Theatre for persons with disabilities”.
We often believe that the people who are disabled in some way find many difficulties while earning basic necessities of live, let alone helping others but here is one personality who has broken all such myths. Javed Abidi is the Director at the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People. Javed Abidi is confined to the wheelchair since the age of fifteen and wanted to pursue a career in journalism but destiny had set some other goals for him. It was his dedication which pushed the Parliament of India to pass the Persons with Disabilities Act on December 22, 1995. He not only made it big and has gone international but also helped many differently-abled people to get employment and lead a normal life without looking for any kind of sympathy from anyone.
The mission of Amarjyoti is to provide equal opportunities and full participation to persons with disabilities. Established in 1981, Amar Jyoti is a voluntary organization rendering rehabilitative services to persons with disabilities through a holistic approach of inclusive education, medical care, vocational training, child guidance and self-employment. The two National Awards for innovative approaches for the rehabilitation of persons with disability and for creating barrier-free environment for elders and persons with disability convey the dedication and selfless aim of providing better life to the differently-abled. The students of Amarjyoti perform on numerous national as well as international levels and portray their talent in fields like dancing, theatre, pottery, clay-art and much more. Dr. Uma Tuli is the lady behind the trust and her devotion and perseverance encouraged the hon’ble APJ Abdul Kalam to visit the institution where he promised to bear expenses for provision of special lenses for visually impaired children.
An epitome of hardwork and commitment towards your dream. For an acclaimed bharatnatyam dancer, losing a leg is not less than losing her life but Sudha did not let this incident cast a shadow on her life, which is, dancing. She did not stop or give up instead she came back in Naache Mayuri and gave one of the most beautiful and inspiring performances of her entire career. Even though she turned to acting after her accident in 1981 but Sudha never ditched her first love and continued giving scintillating performances. One fact about her is she has become more famous after she has lost her leg dancing with a single leg and an artificial leg. Sudha even participated in the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in 2011 and this shows that true talent sees every hurdle as a stepping stone. Now, she has become an inspiration to many of the disabilities where they can still achieve their goals without losing their hopes. Her never-say-die attitude helped Sudha open her dance academy where she teaches classical dance every Sunday.
The Humming Notes wants to salute these idolising people who give hope and wings to the dreams to thousands of differently-abled people across the world.