March 26, 2007

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Latheesha, St.Thomas Higher Secondary School, Erumeli, Pathanamthitta

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Musicians carry their instruments with utmost care in safe cases.  Perhaps, the Great Musician who creates the Harmony of Spheres wishes to carry his dear instruments also in safe cases with utmost care.  Latheesha is a 13-year-old who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that makes her bones too brittle. She was born with all the bones below her neck broken.  Now hardly 2 feet tall and weighing just 14 kg, she needs someone’s help to move her body.  Only her parents can lift her up without causing her pain.  Even a touch by an ignorant person will make her wince in pain.  Nor can she tolerate hot weather.

When this delicate person is placed in front of an organ on a stage, she does produce flawless music that enchants the audience.  Already she has performed at more than 25 temple festivals and Rotary programmes.  In the struggle between creative talent and physical infirmity, she does overcome the limitations of her body.

In order strengthen her bones, she had been virtually kept under bandage till she was 5 years old.  Later she underwent ayurvedic treatment too and slowly improved a little in health.  Once she started going to school, her mental faculties came to the fore.  From the 1st standard onwards, she is the first rank holder in her class at St.Thomas Higher Secondary School, Erumeli, Pathanamthitta. 

Her father Ansari, who runs a hotel in Erumeli, gives equal importance to her academic and musical requirements.

When she started her formal education, she had to be placed in a basket and carried to school like a delicate instrument.  Now she goes to school in a specially modified autorickshaw. 


Courtesy: Sanal Potti, Mathrubhumi, February 11, 2007
Contributed by: Administrator


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