Sr no 197 – Visually impaired percussionist Sachin Patel

197 sachin patel musician blind

Sr No. 197

Their focus on themselves, their inner being, is much better than most sighted beings like us. Because they have far less to be unnecessarily be distracted by.’

 
Sachin Patel (Visually impaired/blind-musician)

 

Sachin is a musician (percussionist) and is supported by Nayan Foundation for Performing Arts – http://www.nayanfoundationforperformingarts.in

 

Sachin plays the dholak and is very committed to his profession. He is a compassionate soul, he charges a minimal fee when he is asked to perform for social cases.

 

As for his commitment to music, on the day of the rain-deluge earlier this month, Sachin came all the way from Diva to Vile Parle to perform at a fund-raiser hosted by Melody Marvels. Many of the audience members did not turn up for the event that stormy-rain night, but, Sachin made it in time and performed as committed. He spent nearly five hours in a taxi to reach his destination. They say, he gave one of his best performances.

 

(Naina Kuttappan, who runs the NGO, says … “ … One day, one of our visually impaired artist requested me to wear a saree with bold designs, a big Bindi and colourful bangles for the event. Even though he is visually impaired and will not be able to see what I am wearing, he could imagine what he believed will look good on me!

 

The visually impaired can only hear us, so, their imagination level is far beyond the abled/sighted! They can focus on sounds far better than us. So, they can pick up music easily.

Another thing, we, with all our 100 percent abilities, crib and curse the almighty sometimes, for our misfortunes; but, these differently abled people are always thankful for their existence, and they feel blessed to be in this world! They are usually always happy. This makes us serve them far beyond our abilities.”)

 

I was told, the visually impaired find it easy to go into a meditative state, unlike some sighted persons who have to make more efforts to meditate … I think, it may be because their focus on themselves, their inner being, is much better than most sighted beings like us. Because they have far less to be unnecessarily be distracted by.

 

(Nayan Foundation for Performing Arts is a NGO that supports a bouquet of artists – those who are ‘differently abled’, along with abled artists, and as band they perform under the name Melody Marvels https://www.facebook.com/melodymarvels09/ Jiten Singh, of Melody Marvels, is not ‘differently abled,’ and is their (dedicated & sincere) music teacher. He himself a good singer. The NGO sponsors ‘differently abled artists’ in Dance, Drama and Music.)

 

Thank you Geetali Tare and Sunil Kamath for purchasing this dholak for Melody Marvels’ artists.

 

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