How I am breaking the barriers of disability - My Take by Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta
My Take this week is by Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta, who is an international graphic designer, motivational speaker, happiness coach, singer and music composer based in Andhra Pradesh.
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 realize 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 many various prestigious events while living in Siliguri as a child and have received many awards from various organisations 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.
About the Writer-Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta who is based in Andhra Pradesh, has a 90% disability. He is an international graphic designer, motivational speaker, happiness coach, singer and music composer.