Music lights up lives of students at institute for visually impaired

Music has added light to Navjot’s life,a visually challenged student of the Institute for the Blind in Sector 26.

Written by AAKRITI KUNDRA | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2013 2:58:50 am

Music has added light to Navjot’s life,a visually challenged student of the Institute for the Blind in Sector 26. A student of class 12,Navjot has overcome his disabilities with music and is now the lead singer for the band Musical Ice.

“The only reason behind my success in music is the institute. It is only after I joined this school that I acquired interest and knowledge in music,” said Navjot. Besides being the lead singer,he also excels in playing the keyboard.

The band which consists of six members,all of whom are blind,has delivered live performances at the Punjab Engineering College(PEC),Tagore Theater and Chandigarh Group of Colleges.

Like Navjot,a number of other visually challenged students credit the Institute for Blind for achieving success in this field.

Kirti,an ex -student,said,”I generated my interest in music after joining the Institute. Had it not been a compulsory subject of the school,I would have never developed my talent in singing. I reached the national level in vocal singing,at the Bal Shree Awards,held in the year 2003.”

The Institute has encouraged music to a great extent by offering it as a compulsory subject to all its students. Despite initial problems,every child is given time and made to feel the keys or strings of the instruments. The institute now has its own band who receive invitations for performances at various occasions.

“The institute has generated in me,immense love for music,both vocal and instrumental. Being a member of the school band,I receive various opportunities to show my talent in singing. The support and appreciation from my school helps me enhance my talent,” said Simarpreet,a member of the school band. Another ex-student,Ramsaran,also considers the Blind Institute to have changed his life.

Ramsaran is now a tabla and keyboard player in a jagran association. “I owe to my school for all that I know about music,” said Ramsaran. The institute considers the success of these children as the reward for their efforts.

“The school feels proud to see its students doing well in life. Despite their disability to see,these students possess high aspirations to accomplish those as well,” said Kuljit Sodhi,Music teacher at the Institute for Blind.

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