How I am breaking the barriers of disability - My Take by Happiness Coach Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta
My Take this week is by motivational speaker and singer Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta
Like most children, I was drawn to dance. I would see some steps and imitate them successfully as it came from my heart. It was only when the doctor told my parents that dancing may not be a future possibility for me, that I realized I had a disability.
I found out that I had a rare disease which left me with a 90% disability and put limits on my ability to lead a regular life.
I have a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and have already suffered over 50 fractures until now. My joints are fixed and I use an electric wheelchair to move around. I realized that I would never be able to dance and instead of letting that discourage me, I took up singing.
I sang at various prestigious events while living in Siliguri as a child and have received many awards from various organizations for my singing. I have regularly performed at AIR Siliguri and Doordarshan Kolkata as well.
I got many opportunities to perform before famous singers like Manna Dey, Anuradha Poudwal, Anup Jalota, and Rashid Khan. I have composed more than 150 songs and received training in Hindustani classical music from my mother, Shila Dasgupta.
At present, I am doing research on accessibility and how to make it better. I want to work with concerned authorities and hold awareness programs so people are educated about this aspect.
I need support and strength to spread the light of hope to all those people who have confined themselves due to lack of accessibility in their places.