Sujeet's Desai has the MISSION to send a message across the world that given opportunities for their abilities individuals with disabilities can “Make It Happen!” 28-year-old Sujeet Desai is an accomplished musician, born with Down syndrome. Sujeet plays six instruments, namely Bb and Bass clarinet,
Alto Saxophone, Violin, Piano and drums. In June 2001 he graduated from high School with honors, and in May 2003 from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in Massachusetts after two-year residential Post-secondary study in Music and Human services.
Right after the academy graduation he started working as a teacher’s aid for a music department in an elementary school. Currently he plays his music in churches, nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals, coffee houses & many community events.
In 1998, when Sujeet started to volunteer to provide entertainment, the overwhelming response received from his audience led to his decision to make music his career. Since March 2000 he has performed in many States, National and International conferences and annual events.
In July 2006, Sujeet got married to Carrie Bergeron, also a self-advocate. He lives in Rome, NY and enjoys independent living.
Sujeet is a recipient of 8 International awards for his music and self-advocacy, one of which is the President’s award received in Singapore. Sujeet travels around the world to do inspirational solo music performances and self-advocacy workshops. He has travelled all over the USA and 12 countries to share his music. Besides music, Sujeet has a 2nd degree Black Belt in martial arts (Tae Kwon Do). He has won Gold & silver medals in the World Games'99 Special Olympics in Swimming, and numerous medals in Special Olympics in Alpine skiing, Cross-country running and Bowling.
He has worked very hard for last 20 years trying to become the finest musician he can be, while also working to overcome the limitations of his disability. Music has helped him bridge this gap. With his musical versatility Sujeet is become a role model and has brought inspiration and hope to individuals with disability, their parents, educators, and the services that work with them.
Sujeet's music is more than just an entertainment. It's educational, inspirational and focused to make his MISSION POSSIBLE!
Report by Aikya Team
AIKYA, the learning centre for Special children is presenting a programme of musical revelry Cadenza featuring Sujeet Desai, displaying his musical skills on saxophone, clarionet, violin and drums on January 1, 2010, from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., at the Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai 600031.
AIKYA is planning to raise funds for important projects through the above fund-raising event. AIKYA is able to carry on her activities largely on account of the support and encouragement extended by various organizations and people so they invite sponsors for this endeavour.
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