Talented individuals with disabilities have made remarkable achievements in India

Published on: 26 Sep, 2023

The founder of Atypical Advantage, Vineet Saraiwala, firmly believes in the power of the ripple effect. When one person comes forward and ignites a wave of change, it is bound to grow manifold and touch the lives of countless others. So, when talented people with disabilities like Virali Modi and Sheetal Kimmatkar got shining opportunities to perform for big-shot brands like Amazon and Tata, it opened the doors for their peers to fulfill their dreams and showcase their skills to the world. We ask - when will your company hop on the inclusive bandwagon and join us on this journey to make this world a better place for all?

People with disabilities and their achievements have long remained in the shadows. It is time we shine a spotlight and make way for their talents to take center stage. Whether it is an artist like Anjan Satish from Kerala who paints charming artworks while battling cerebral palsy, or a musical prodigy like Mumbai’s Ananya Halarnkar who enchants the audience with every performance, Atypical Advantage has a plethora of talented people with disabilities, just waiting for an opportunity to take the world by storm!

From hilly Kashmir to coastal Kanyakumari, we showcase boundless talent from every corner of the country and help them get the opportunities they rightly deserve. So, don’t hesitate before clicking the Book Now button or commissioning an enthralling artwork by one of many talented people with disabilities on our website. 

Famous Disabled Musicians

Passionate singer and musician Karthik Krishnamurthy plays guitar and keyboard equally well. He also received the amazing opportunity to showcase his talent on National TV with the show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.’ We bet more singers with disabilities would be encouraged to pursue their talents after seeing him on their TV screens. 

Khekedozo Yhoshu from Nagaland is visually impaired but once you hear him play guitar and string along a sweet melody, it will leave you in awe. His love for music encouraged him to work hard and make his dream come true. He taught himself how to play the guitar and now teaches the art of music to others in his neighborhood. 

If Classical music is what you’re looking for, then Adwitya Kumar Bhatnagar will sweep you off your feet with his classical renditions of Western and Bollywood songs. Hailing from Delhi, he completed his education and passed with distinction from the Trinity College of London. 

Fiercely independent and a role model for women across the country, Maria Antoneia Jolene from Goa has had a difficult journey. But that did not hinder her from forging ahead and sharing her love for music along the way. When the industry did not accept her because of cut-throat competition, she carved her own journey and is now teaching music to other special needs children. 

Top Dancers with Disabilities in India

At the tender age of 4, dealing with Down Syndrome must have taken a toll on the sweet Koyel Basu from the city of Kochi. She did not let others tell her what she could not do and instead, chose to begin her training and become an immensely talented dancer. Her relentless pursuit of perfection is visible in every graceful movement she performs while tugging at the heartstrings of everyone in the audience. 

Can a person with a locomotor disability be a good dancer? We say no, he can be a great dancer as proved by the incredible Kalpesh Macwan from Gujarat. From hosting multiple workshops to being a judge at creative events, Kalpesh has inspired many with his talent and unwavering spirit. He has a diploma in dance and is also featured in the World Book of Talent Records. 

On top of that, the We Are One group was invited by the Indian Energy Exchange to give a splendid performance that set the stage on fire with their unparalleled spirit and love for the medium. The artists are in wheelchairs, yet their energy never fails to bring a wave of enthusiasm to the audience. 

Contemporary Artists with Disabilities

Our Atypical Artists have mesmerized people from huge corporates like PepperFry and Byju’s who trusted artists with disabilities to deliver a piece of amazing art. Today, famous personalities such as Satya Nadella and the Director of IIM Bangalore are proud owners of artworks made by people with disabilities. Artists with disabilities offer a newer perspective of the world we live in. They might lack sight, but they have a vision that gets better with every stroke of the brush, and that gets brighter with every color on the palette. 

For Archana Gokhale of Karnataka, the whole world is her canvas. She is hard of hearing, but she resonates with every color and her brush becomes an extension of her hand to create masterpieces in digital and contemporary art. Archana is also adept at creating animations and digital sketches. Nonetheless, her acrylic artwork will take your breath away with clean lines and vibrant colors. 

A celebrated artist and recipient of Param Patra from Punjab University, Mandeep Singh has had his name shone in many countries including China and Lithuania. He excels in various art forms and finds solace in painting abstract artwork. 

Bursting with rich colors and bold textures, Rupak Munje has showcased his art in over 38 shows and galleries. His work even graced the pages of many national dailies during the World Autism Day. It goes on to show how passionate and in touch with art Rupak is. 

Inspiring Motivational Speakers with Disabilities

Who better to inspire your employees or gatherings than people with disabilities who have faced the hardest of challenges and come out of the situation with more power and resilience? 

From the city of joy, Kolkata, Anthony Samuel motivates people with his powerful words while coaching a blind football team. On top of that, Anthony has also been a radio jockey and voice-over artist for Bengali cartoons. With a myriad of skills and abilities, Anthony lives life to the fullest and shares his experiences with everyone he meets.

An intelligent and compassionate woman, Nishtha Thaker does not let her wheelchair stop her from spreading love and motivating people. She has founded an NGO to help underprivileged kids while working with IIM Ahmedabad. Hailed as a woman with a golden heart, Nishtha never ceases to amaze people with her words of affirmation that strike a chord in anyone who talks to her. 

Mahavir Been has been a beacon of hope for over 130 people with disabilities as he personally trained and ensured their placements in good jobs. Being a proficient academician, Mahavir is a worldly man who aspires to have his own organization to help more people get back on their feet.

In more ways than we can count, people with disabilities supersede others in their persevering spirit and resilient attitude. They inspire people to do better and never stop chasing their dream, no matter how outrageous it seems. If you have the will, life will find a way. At Atypical Advantage, we believe in sharing inspiring stories of disabled people who break all barriers and chart a course for themselves toward success and independence. We know we can’t change the direction of the wind, but we resolve to adjust our sail to reach our destination. 

Out of every 100 people in India, about 4 people have disabilities. They face difficulty in not just routine tasks, but also in living a comfortable life due to burgeoning unemployment rates. If people with disabilities are no less in talent and skill, then why should their opportunities be limited? 

Atypical Advantage is India’s largest livelihood platform for Persons with Disabilities(PWD). Whether it is a singer looking for a show, a visual artist looking to sell their paintings, or job seekers with disabilities looking for career opportunities, it bridges the supply & demand side inefficiencies so that Persons with Disabilities can earn a dignified income. We have a large pool of 15,000+ talents with disabilities and have worked with 250+ corporates within a short span of 3 years. We were also featured on Shark Tank Season 2 and were declared the winner of the prestigious National Startup Award under the social impact category by the Union Government. For more information, visit our website here.

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