Disabilities mean nothing to them, they have proved it! Lets remove the disabilities of our mind and move forward.
Kamlesh Patel has conquered physical disability to become a wonder dancer. Paralysed in both legs, he overcame great hardships to become a performer and was one of the star performers on a dance reality show last year. The pride of Baroda, that is what many call Kamlesh Patel, a physically handicapped dancer who has given more than 1,000 performances in India and abroad. He may be restricted because of his handicap, but what he has achieved due to his determination is an inspiration to many. And what did Kamlesh have to say about his disabilities “To become a good dancer I needed two legs, which I didn’t have, but I had faith in God.”
Girish Sharma lost a leg in a train accident when he was a kid. But, this setback in life did not stop him from becoming a badminton champion. He has just one leg which is so strong that he not only plays the game effortlessly but also easily covers the entire court. Ever since he was a kid, he would indulge in outdoor activities with other kids without letting his disability come in the way. He has won Gold Medal in Paraolympic Asia Cup for Disabled which was held in India. He has also represented India and played in other countries such as Israel and Thailand.
H. Ramakrishnan was affected by polio in both his legs at a young age of two and half years. From being denied admission in a regular school to getting rejected for a job due to his disability, Ramakrishnan has had to struggle at each step in his life. In spite of this, he worked as a journalist for 40 years and is currently CEO of SS Music television channel. He is also a musician and has showcased his talent at various platforms. He had also been the Director of News Unit of Doordarshan Kendra for 10 years. He also received the highest state award “Kalaimamani” from the Tamil Nadu Government.
H Boniface Prabhu’s life changed at the age of four when a botched lumbar puncture made him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. But he never let this disability change his goals of life and continued his education in a regular school. His immense hard work and dedication has made him a notable figure and a leading quadriplegic wheelchair tennis player. He was a medal winner at the 1998 World Championships. He has also represented India, at International events, in six disciplines, over 50 times. These include athletics, shot put badminton, javelin throw, table tennis, shooting and discus throw.. He is the first Indian to win a medal in the International Paralympic Games. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. It seems he doesn’t believe in the world “ Disability”.
Sai Prasad Vishwanathan lost sensation in the lower half of his body when he was a kid. But he was not one to let a disability take over his life. He became India’s first skydiver and has his name registered in the Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian with disability to skydive from 14,000 feet. He has co-founded Sahasra, an organization that provides scholarships to financially disadvantaged students with great potential, to pursue higher studies. His Sahasra efforts were recognized in 2010 when he received the Helen Keller Role Model Person of the Year Award, an Indian honor for those who have promoted employment opportunities for the disabled. Sai’s taste for adventure now has him looking in a new direction — south. In recognition of his Sahasra work and his new interest in developing sustainable solutions to protect earth’s fragile environment, he was selected as one of 30 members of the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme. He currently works as a risk consultant at Deloitte U.S. in India.
In 2011, Arunima Sinha lost her leg when some robbers pushed her out of a moving train. Determined to not let the pity and ridicule she had to face bog her down, she decided to climb Mount Everest. Two years later, as a result of sheer persistence, she became the first woman amputee/ the first Indian amputee to climb the tallest peak in the world and even went on to climb Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe and Kosciuszko in Australia. Arunima Sinha is now dedicated towards social welfare and she wants to open a free sports academy for the poor and differently-abled persons. She is donating all the financial aids she is getting through awards and seminars for the same cause.The academy would be named Pandit Chandra Shekhar Vikalang Khel Academy.She has written a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014. She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
Suffering from brittle bone disease, 57-year-old Sadhna Dhand lost her hearing at the age of 12 and stands 3.3 feet tall. But, this disability was not strong enough to stop her from pursuing her passion for painting, for which she has even won a national award. In 1998, she received an award for best art of the year for experimenting with pictures of Lord Ganesha in All India Fine Art exhibition.She was awarded for excellent photography by Photographic Society of Chattisgarh in 1999 and with ‘Stri Shakti Samman’ in 2005. The state Chamber of Commerce and Industries felicitated Sadhna with ‘Mahila Shakti Samman’ in 2011 for her achievements in the field of art. She is now imparting this art to other students and conducts classes at her house. Not only this, she is an active social worker and donates to various organizations working with children with mental and physical disability.
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla, an international para-athlete from Bangalore was paralyzed completely at the tender age of one after a high fever. A regular electric shock treatment for two years got the strength of her upper body back, but below the waist her body remained weak. Notwithstanding the trials and turbulences that plagued her, Malathi decided to live life Queen Size, undaunted by the fury of fate. She chose sports as the best alternative medicine to forget her pain, and went on to become one of the most inspiring sports personalities of modern India . With over 300 medals in her kitty, Malathi was conferred the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri Awards. She represented India in the Paralympics held in South Korea, Barcelona, Athens and Beijing; the Asian Games held in Beijing, Bangkok, South Korea and Kuala Lumpur; World Masters held in Denmark and Australia, Commonwealth Games in Australia and Open Championships in Belgium, Kuala Lumpur and England.Her never-say-die attitude has been an eye-opener to many contemporary sports stars, who often refer to her as the Champion of Champions.For the record, Malathi has so far undergone 32 surgeries.Malathi works as a Manager with Syndicate Bank and shelters 16 children with various disabilities at Mathru Foundation — a charitable trust formed along with her friends. She focuses mainly on polio victims from rural areas, whose parents cannot afford to send their child to school or provide medical treatment.
Another record, she has the uncanny ability to remember 6000 customer account numbers.
The journey to earning the epithet ‘India’s Blade Runner’ wasn’t an easy one for Major DP Singh. On July 15, 1999, Major DP Singh was heavily injured in Kargil during Operation Vijay. The surgeons at the Army hospital declared him dead. Luckily, they were able to revive him and amputating his right leg helped them save his life.
He had to endure 10 painful years of recuperation but refused to give up so he shifted his love for rally sports and took up running instead. “When I learnt I’d lost my leg, I told myself that this would be yet another challenge in my life,” says Singh. “I just couldn’t get used to the sympathetic glances I used to get from people. After a while, I was desperate to change that,” he says. In 2009, he signed up for his first marathon and took up training with his prosthetic leg. Today, he has successfully run 12 marathons and even holds the Limca record for being the first Indian to run a half marathon with the blade — a feat that has earned him the epithet of blade runner.
Subhreet Kaur Ghumman, popularly known as “One Legged Dancer”, is resident of village Jhundan, Amargarh, District Sangrur (Punjab). Subhreet Kaur lost her leg in a road accident on 21 Oct 2009, while she was riding her scooty. She lost her leg due to doctor’s negligence. Music and dance having always been a great motivation for this dancer, she was determined to pursue her dream of being a dancer. After months of exercise and pain, she was able to start dancing on just one leg. She began performing on various stages and dance shows ultimately participating in India’s Got Talent (Season 5). It is here that she earned the name “One-Legged Dancer.” After her performance she got standing ovation from the Judges. Subhreet Kaur Ghumman danced so well on the sets of India’s Got Talent 5 that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan can’t stop raving about her. Salman Khan admire her on Twitter “Wah Yaar. Hats Off. Kamaal Hai.” She became the Runner Up in that contest. Now she is seen as a contestant in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
Born in Kerala, this 50-year-old artist unfortunately met with an accident when she was only 16 years old. Doctors missed a small wound in her ankle, which later got infected. The only solution left was to amputate her leg and hence, she got a prosthetic “Jaipur Foot” and she learned to perform Bharatanatyam with her prosthetic leg. Today, she is one of the most acclaimed classical dancers in the country. She received invitations from all over the world for performances. She was honored with various awards. She performed as far away from home as Europe, Canada and the Middle East. soon after she catapulted to fame and recognition by venturing into the world of films and television. She gained fame after the tragic incident. Now she has become an inspiration to many. She has also acted in the Telegu movie Mayuri which was made based on her life story. There was also a Hindi remake of this movie, “Nache Mayuri.”