Maria Sabina Priya
Priya is a young lady with Cerebral Palsy, due to brain fever at the age of 5 months. After constant therapies she can walk and run and dance. She received her therapies and Special Education at Spastics Society of Tamilnadu. She is very active in dance, business, sports and social work. Sh... See More
Priya is a young lady with Cerebral Palsy, due to brain fever at the age of 5 months. After constant therapies she can walk and run and dance. She received her therapies and Special Education at Spastics Society of Tamilnadu. She is very active in dance, business, sports and social work. She is a passionate dancer, having performed on many stages, from the age of 7. She was part of the LEO Club, and for several years performed in many competitions and fund raising programs. First stage performance was in the year 1995. Till date, she is performing; maybe she is the only person with Cerebral Palsy who can perform. Many awards and laurels for her dance performance came her way over the years. And she has been an inspiration to many. Her disability was never a deterrent to be independent from doing her daily life tasks, but also to etch her living through her paintings and sales of greeting cards and paintings. Her mother being a Special Educator was able to help her both professionally and as a parent in her development. Priya was an inspiration to her mother for starting many schools and centres not only in and around Chennai but also in the rural areas. In 2012 she was affected with Cancer. Having overcome that, she is back to her form. She has won special award in National dance Competition in the year 2014 conducted by Samarpan, under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In 2017 she performed at Anna University, to the NSS Students Regional Meet, to an audience of more than 500. She participated in many Television shows and performs in them such as Dhoordharshan 1996, Performed in Sun TV at Anandha Vikatan Award Ceremony -2018, Performed in Zee TV in 2018. She is been in sports too, Participated in many District, State level sports and National Special Olympics. Her certificates and medals numbering more than 100, Recently she won the Gold Medal by achieving the First Place in the National Para Athletics 100 Meters running held at Patna in the year 2018. She is a self-employed women, She does art work to support herself, as well as support the cancer patients who need financial help. She teaches this art form to the children who have cancer at the Cancer Hospital Adyar, Chennai. She has been an inspiration for the movie ‘Peranbu’, even taught the actor Sadhna to perform as a Spastic. She also appears in a few scenes in that movie.