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Story of Nivedita Vasant, who fought Spasticity to become a Piano Virtuoso


Blessed with all the virtues of life, she had everything, but…… But when she chose Music to beat the only adversity, the world resonated with the keys of the Piano Virtuoso. Inspite of her physical limitations she is an achiever.
22 year old Nivedita , is a graduate from  in computer applications. Having lived her first five years as a “vegetable”; being a spastic child, Nivedita has beaten all the odds to become a musician. She is a pianist, music composer and a self taught guitarist with the help of youtube. “I took up music at the age of seven and started with Indian Classical Music at Arya Samaj. But in the course of time my interest shifted to Western Classical Music and it was my piano teacher Kripa Noronha who introduced me to the world of Western Classical Music”, Nivedita said as her infectious smile made us join in too.
Today she is pursuing her Grade seven in piano from the Trinity College of Music. Nivedita enjoys playing the piano as it has heavy keys and as a musician, she finds new ways of expressions through it and above all it was her Mother’s wish that she learns to play the piano. Her mother had to tie her to the chair to keep her from falling off when she started learning the piano as Nivedita was very frail at that point of time.
She has won numerous prizes at talent competitions and is thoroughly inspired by Ludwig Van Beethoven. She also loves technology. “It inspires me in my work. I like to read on the net, watch Hollywood movies, connect with people through social networking sites and listening to music. Nivedita has embraced the piano lessons from renowned teachers – Usha Aron , Neecia Majolly and presently learning from Roselyn. When asked that how she manages to cope up with her studies and music simultaneously, her reply was filled with optimism,” My love for music is altogether very special and I enjoy my studies with the same enthusiasm, therefore I never had to face any problem to balance the two love of my life”. She desires to establish her music studio in later future As we spoke to her , it was not a disabled person that spoke but a beautiful young girl with dreams, hopes and aspirations. People with disabilities are especially influential and learn so much throughout their lives, lessons that able-bodied people rarely get to experience. Having a disability is definitely difficult but its also one of the richest classrooms human can experience. People like Nivedita Vasant teach us the spirit of living their lives to the fullest. “There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated. To be a champion , I think you need to see the bigger picture. When life gets harder, challenge yourself to be stronger”, said Nivedita. Sometimes we need to understand that it is okay to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams. Nivedita Vasant is not a product of circumstances but a product of her won decisions, decisions to get her dreams, get her life.
Story by : Tanima Chakraborty   |   Compiled by : Nikhil Sharma

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