I have a dream, a song to sing

Diwakar Sharma
| Tagged in: Culture & Arts, Personal Discovery & Development, Real & Uncommon Heroes

I have a dream, a song to sing

To help me cope with anything

If you see the wonder of a fairy tale

You can take the future even if you fail

I believe in Angels

Something good in everything I see

I believe in Angels

When I know the time is right for me

I’ll cross the street, I have a dream

 

I have a dream, a fantasy

To help me through reality

And my destination makes it worth the while

Pushing through the darkness still another mile

I believe in Angels

Something good in everything I see

I believe in Angels

When I know the time is right for me

I’ll cross the street, I have a dream

– Abba

As a two year old, he sang classical numbers from the film, Macchis. By 11, he had performed before eminent dignitaries, including President, Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers, of the likes of Abdul Kalam, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Narsimha Rao, Madan Lal Khurana, Salman Khursheed, Murli Manohar Joshi, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, KPS Gill, MS Bitta, Pandit Birju Maharaj and many more; he had shared the stage with masters like Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and other renowned artists such as Ahhijeet, Anamika, Bappi Lahiri, Udit Narayan, Daler Mehendi, Shobhna Narayan, Bali Bhatt, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and the list just goes on…By 11, he had won multiple best singer titles in local and State level competitions and had performed with maestro Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, an opportunity people crave for a lifetime. By 11, he had stunned Ustaads and Pandits through his melodious voice and won appreciation from many including Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan Sahab and Pt. Bhavani Shankarji. If you are wondering who this 11 year old is, who has more accomplishments to boast off than most grown-ups- he is none other than Diwakar Sharma, the young singing sensation who won all our hearts on television a few years back.

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Diwakar with the Legend Himself

There are many who possess both the talent and passion for music and Diwakar is one of them. He has been blessed with a melodious voice that touches your heart. But life has not been easy for him. Very early in his life, Diwakar lost his eyesight. But he and his parents, never let his inability to see, become his disability in life. “My family and I never treated my visual impairment as a challenge. I live a normal life, go to a regular school, have some wonderful friends and spend a lot of time on Facebook like any other person of my age”, said Diwakar in one of his many interviews.

When Diwakar was a year old, doctors confirmed his visual impairment. But his parents did not loose heart. With time, when they realized his passion for singing, they decided to support him pursue his dream. On weekends, while awaiting food to be served at restaurants, Diwakar would hum songs attracting the attention of other customers, recollect his parents. Soon they noticed how he was humbled and enjoyed the affection of a live audience and realized his dream to become a singer. His mother, Dr. Alka Sharma, a medical professional, sacrificed her career to concentrate on showcasing her son’s talent to the world. His father, Mr. Sunil Sharma, an engineer by profession who ran coaching classes in Delhi, also joined his mother, to support him.

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The Child Prodigy

Life is never easy and it was definitely not so for this visually impaired child. But he always found a way to sail through the waves of life and reach his destination where his passion and talent led him. He excelled in both music and academia. He topped CBSE in his 12th grade scoring 91 percent in his board exams. He also won a Silver medal of the All India Computer Speed and Accuracy competition. But music was like his first love. “It came naturally to me”, says Diwakar. He started singing at 2 and started classical training by 4 years of age. He inspired and motivated Shri Onkar Nathji to start training special children and became his first student. He has been under his tutelage since 1997.

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The CBSE Topper

Diwakar has won many accolades and awards for his singing. He won the Delhi State Sub Junior level singing competition from 1998 to 2004; earned the second runner-up position at a junior level (age group 12-18 years) in Delhi State and was 4th at the All India Level; Won the Sub Junior Level All India singing competition in 2004 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium; received the Saraswati Samman in 2002 from the then Home minister of India, in addition to other prestigious awards from corporate sectors such as the Luxor Group, Airline Allied Services Ltd and NGOs. He was also awarded the prestigious Kids for Change, Karmaveer Puraskaar, in 2008. But his fame came with SaReGaMaPa Li’L Champs. “Though I took professional training, I did not plan to make a career out of it. But then SaReGaMaPa happened and it changed my life. Earlier I was a just a normal kid; today people know me because of my voice. It feels great”, says Diwakar.

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A singing Sensation

At one point, during the SaReGaMaPa competition, Diwakar was eliminated from the competition by the judges’ decision. During that episode, while awaiting the judges’ verdict on elimination, along with another participant, Armaan, the then 13 year old, still did not loose his spirits and stood true to the real spirit of the competition. He said that wining or losing did not matter. What mattered most was the “spirit of taking part in the competition and learning from the experience”. Such was the child’s character, maturity and composure even at that tender age and under Situations of Pressure. He was soon brought back into the competition through public voting.

Mr. Gajendra Singh, producer of the Zee TV show, mentioned that it was Diwakar’s remarkable composure, positive attitude, confidence and determination that won the hearts of viewers all over the world. Some even wanted to donate their eyes after death to him! He also mentioned that the child never requested for any special treatments because of his visual impairment. Surprising! Since it was alleged by the judges (Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet Bhattacharya) that it was his disability that was attracting sympathy of people and gaining Diwakar popularity with viewers rather than his singing talent. They criticized him for lacking body expression and having a medium range voice and he was eliminated. But Diwakar came back. And what a comeback it was. He rejoined the competition and became the first runner-up in the SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs.

An ardent fan of singing legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and A.R. Rahman, Diwakar wishes to follow in their footsteps. He works hard, practicing for hours in a day and is determined to reach the pinnacle in music. He is a personification of hardwork who is determined to write his destiny through his karma. Undeterred by what fate has taken from him, he works toward accomplishing his dreams making most of what life has given him.

“Of course, the disability does bother and affect me at times. It has not been an easy journey; everything was very hard initially. But gradually, I am getting used to it. Things look much better now”- Diwakar Sharma

 

Image credit- betterindia.com, inspiringheights.co.in, radioandmusic.com

 

 

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