NGO Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Trust uses music to empower people with disabilities
Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Trust is the name of the NGO based in Delhi that is dedicated to bringing music into life of people with disabilities. The organization is changing lives through art and is making a huge difference in the lives of children from weaker sections of the society and those with disabilities.
Children and adults with disabilities are encouraged to follow their passions in music and are given training and education by Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Trust under their flagship program Saakaar.
Music not only helps the disabled students to learn art and connect with culture, it also helps them develop individual identities. After their training, the amateur musicians are provided a platform where they can perform and present their talents.
Various types of music and musical instruments are taught under Saakaar with a high quality maintained throughout. Students with disabilities are offered free classes and given instruments to take home for the duration of the training.
The founder Ankur Gupta, who is visually impaired, says the love for music and arts led him to set up the organisation.
The NGO was founded with a vision to promote musical talents and also to enable the disabled people gain confidence in their abilities. We wanted to use music to provide a means to bring the disabled community into the mainstream and also to help them find a means to earn their living with dignity. What could be better than spending life around music and art and using them for making life more meaningful? – Ankur Gupta, Co-Founder Golden Shine Cultural Welfare Trust
After their training here, many students have gone on to make a career as music teachers. This year, a music concert is being organised by the trust which will be inclusive. Musicians, with and without disabilities, will be invited and to showcase their talents. Disabled singers will be paired with a singer without disability and they will sing duets. The concert is on 14 September.
Ramakant Prabhakar, a student here, is taking guitar lessons. “I am learning the guitar and take regular classes. Since the classes are free for disabled people, more people are able to learn music. This has given me immense support and it is great that get the opportunity and the stage to show their talent,” he says.
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