"It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."
Tales from across the globe have, for long, narrated to us that disability is never a hassle to success if an individual has talent and drive. As has been often quoted, the only disability in life is bad attitude. In fact, we often find many around us who lack what their peers have. Among them, a few manage to steal the limelight with their astounding prowess in different aspects. In the process, they also inspire people around them. Their actions and even subtle gestures can be sources of inspiration and applause.
Sadly enough, we tend to sideline people with disability. However, it is more than clear from the many instances across the world that no one can stay indifferent to these differently-abled people, who have proven their worth in certain things they do. One such talent hails from the south of Kerala. This youngster has survived all odds that have kept revisiting his life, and managed to stay on top. He, in fact, has accomplished much and these successes have helped him outgrow his disability. From being disabled to being differently-abled, Prashanth is one of his kind and has already been seen as an inspiration to the younger ones around him.
Born as the second child to the Chandran Krishnan – Suhitha couple in Thiruvananthapuram on September 25th 1997, Prashanth wasn’t the normal baby any parent would wish to have. Destiny played truant as the child arrived with a long nose and cleft lip. Joy gave way to depression and the couple tried to console themselves believing that it was just another of the creator’s jokes played on them.
If that wasn’t enough, their cup of woes started overflowing with more bad news. Doctors attending on the newborn diagnosed a handful of ailments that the child would have to fight in the coming days.
Prashanth as a child was diagnosed to have been suffering from mental retardation, speech problems and hearing impairment. The revelations were more than what any normal parent would have ever wanted to hear about their kid. However, they decided nothing is over yet.
Prashanth’s parents, along with his elder sister Priyanka, made up their mind not to let any disability bother him. Nor would they let his disability hold him back in any manner. For them, Prashanth was like any normal child, and any look of pity was deplored and shunned.
They wanted him to be treated like other normal children and they took greater care of him. They disliked the look of sympathy in onlookers’ eyes and did not let Prashanth to be looked upon as child with disability.
Till the age of seven, Prashanth got the best care any child could dream of. And, soon they realized letters and numbers had a certain magical effect on him as he grew. They filled his room with numbers and letters, and they were happy he loved playing with them.
It was then they realized that Prashanth was ready for school, and he admitted to the Marium Play School close to home, and he spent time there for three years. The call from the Rotary Institute for children in need of special care, at Vazhuthacaud, in Thiruvananthapuram came by and he got enrolled there. Prashanth is still a student there.
Destiny played spoilsport yet again, and Prashanth was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Disease, a congenital heart disease. It was then he knew that he was living with a couple of holes in his heart. Chandran Krishnan and Suhitha stood up for him again as always and made him believe he was just like any other normal healthy child.
As goes the adage, for every slip there is a climb. The game changer for Prashanth made its entry in the form of a toy keyboard, gifted to him by his father. This toy succeeded in playing a vital role in Prashanth’s life. It was with this keyboard that he started exploring himself. The talents that lay beneath started coming to the fore one after the other, ever since.
It was a heartening moment for his parents and sister when he started playing the keyboard with just a glance at the musical notes. When he played the musical instrument, it was as if melody just danced to the movement of his tiny fingers.
He played on, and his passion for music grew. As he tried out new notes all by himself, he caught the attention of Mr. Bhuvanesh Nelvidhi, keyboard Instructor at Rotary Institute. Their meeting proved to be another landmark in Prashanth’s life. Mr. Nelvidhi was astonished to see him grasp all the intricacies of the keyboard and play the notes without even looking at them twice.
The condition of cerebral palsy he carried with him has made Prashanth unable to balance himself while standing. This proved to be a hindrance, but he has put in all efforts to keep his body’s balance and has perfected the art of playing western music on his keyboard with both hands. Prashanth is today a regular presence at stages in Kerala and makes it a point to enthrall the audience with his magical hands.
That’s not all. Prashanth is proving to be multi-talented every passing day. He is able to identify and also predict any day of a particular date chosen between the Year 1 and Year 10000. That too, in no time! He also has demonstrated the ability to memorize any date, day and time in a jiffy. From telling you the room temperature without the aid of any device, to forecasting the weather conditions in his neighboring districts, Prashanth has revealed the rare prowess of predicting things by just sitting in his room a home in Karamana.
Challenge him for a tough bout of video game, and Prashanth would be more than happy to take it up. Chances are that you would applaud his proficiency at the game, for, he would take less time in completing the game levels and emerge winner.
Prashanth had also displayed his multi-faceted talents earlier this year on a national platform, when he participated in the Colors TV’s India’s Got Talent Show in Hyderabad. He had also won the painting competition held in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with World Disability Day 2013. Laurels have been queuing up at his door for quite a while now, and he now knows his talents have started reaping rich rewards.
Prashanth‘s father Chandran Krishnan, a businessman and mother Suhitha, a homemaker, along with elder sister Priyanka, who is doing her graduation in Computer Science, are a happy lot. They thank the almighty to have stood by them as they provided strength to their child who was born with disabilities and ailments. All they seek now is recognition for Prashanth’s talents, which are unique.
Now at the age of 17, Prashanth looks to be featured in the prestigious Limca Book of Records and the Guinness Book of World Records. From a kid certified by medical practitioners as with 55 percent mental retardation, speech and hearing impairment, and 100 percent visual handicap, to a talent that knows no bounds, Prashanth is an example of being differently-abled with a bunch of talents. The indomitable fire in him burns on . . .