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Friday, October 27, 2017

Breaking barriers to scale peaks in classical music | The Hindu - Music

"24-year-old is set for first concert after battling cerebral palsy" notes Mini Muringatheri, Author News - The Hindu.

Kiran memorised music lessons for practice.  
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It is a beautiful voice that has taken a 12-year struggle to perfect. T.A. Kiran, a 24-year-old musician, is all set to give his maiden Carnatic music performance in Thrissur, a city that has fostered classical music, at the Chetana Music College on Saturday.

It is an unusual concert, because Kiran has battled visual impairment and 65% disability, encouraged by his mother Sajitha. He graduated in music from Madras University, memorising lessons and writing examinations with the help of scribes.

Kiran’s challenge began when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler. “He was visually impaired and couldn’t utter a word. He was unable to lift his hands or legs. Epileptic attacks were frequent,” says Ms. Sajitha.

Doctors were clear that he would need prolonged physiotherapy. As a child, Kiran would cry a lot, and his mother calmed him down with music. Later, he attended ‘Reach Swasraya’, a special school at Kuttor in Thrissur, till he was 14. He practised light music and won prizes at State-level competitions.

Source: The Hindu

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