Being healthy and staying fit are a boon; but for those who are born with disabilities develop an strength to fight against the odds right from their childhood. Nara Vijaya Lakshmi who hails from Turkapally village in Shamirpet mandal belongs to this rare category of people who have proved ‘nothing is impossible’.
Vijaya was never upset with her disability; in fact, she stood as a role model for others. “I’m not the only child who has been effected with this, my brother and sister are also physically-challenged. It’s only my elder brother who is taking care of our family, my mother is the biggest support and she motivated me a lot,” says Vijaya, who is an artist.
So, how did her interest in art begin? It was pure passion that led her to start drawing when she was in class IV. “When everybody used to play in the playground, I used to draw something related to nature and the journey began from there,” says the artist.
One year ago, she started her own YouTube channel and uploaded more than 200 videos which got her into limelight, people started noticing her art and that’s when she decided to take it up as her career. Though she can only move her right hand, she wants to do something which gives her satisfaction and helps her support her family too.
Apart from art, she also gives tuitions and applies mehendi designs which helps their family in terms of finances. She has recently conducted an exhibition with the help of Mamidi Harikrishna. Thanking the government for extending her support, she said that this exhibition helped her build more confidence.
Vijaya received ‘Spoorthy’, ‘Prathibha Puraskaram’, ‘Life-time Achievement’ awards earlier and, recently, she has also been awarded ‘Kala Ratna’ which made her determined to do wonders in her career.
This talented artist doesn’t want to stop inspiring others. Recently, the team of artists she’s part of started ‘Telangana Divyanga Kala Yatra’ which is to inspire people all over Telangana to achieve their goals and move forward in life. She travelled to around five districts and is planning to travel to another five in upcoming weeks. “My motto is to motivate people and inspire them,” says Vijaya before signing off.