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KADAPA: He was born with autism and couldn’t speak until he was five. But today, 20-year-old Kamisetty Venkat von Proddatur has won several awards thanks to his parents’ attitude towards never saying to die. The sheer determination of his parents helped him overcome the intellectual disability. K Radhakrishnaiah, a double graduate (BA, BEd) from Jammalamadugu, married the postgraduate Visalakshi in 1997 and later moved to Proddutur. The couple gave birth to a son after three years, but to their dismay, he was born with health problems.
It is common for a newborn to cry, but Venkat made no noise, let alone crying. Shortly after his birth, the boy’s skin shrank and he became an “ugly” child. For the next five years he could not pronounce the word “Amma” (mother). This is generally the first word children say when they start speaking. His parents were helpless because Venkat could only cry.
File photo of Venkat who did the
National Award from Former
President Pranab Mukherjee
They consulted various doctors and experts, spent a lot of money, but there was no change in Venkat’s condition. Visalakshi and Radhakrishanaiah were broken after hearing the mockery and comments from neighbors and relatives. Many discriminated against the boy because of his “ugly” appearance and inability to speak.
In the meantime, she gave birth to a daughter, Vaishnavi. She fell ill, unable to endure her son’s torment and hear neighbors mocking. Her husband, seeing the condition of his wife and son, was disturbed but did not give up. He nursed his bedridden wife back to health and looked after her child.
After getting over her illness, Visalakshi continued to consult experts in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, but to no avail. One of the doctors advised the couple to teach their child to speak. Their efforts yielded results when, after his sixth birthday, Venkat was able to pronounce Amma with great difficulty. The couple’s joy knew no bounds. Within a very short time he became an expert in lip reading. He caught his mother saying and repeating different words and began to understand what they were referring to.
From a child with a speech inability, he became a talented singer. The couple now faced a different problem. No school turned up to accept him, but luckily for Venkat, the Gowtham School in Proddatur agreed to accept him. His parents were allowed to accompany him. For the next two years, Venkat was able to speak clearly and fluently. He even sang 400 songs.
To inspire others like him, she had Venkat give a program. Starting in 2007, he took part in 300 different singing competitions for two years and won prizes and awards. In 2015 he received the National Child Award from President Pranab Mukherji and Prathiba Puraskar of the state government. His name was included in the Guinness Book of Records because of his talent, among other things.
“Because of Covid-19, it doesn’t appear anywhere. I’m thinking of making a biopic film about him so that disabled children in particular can benefit from it. I’ve prepared a script for it, ”said an animated Visalakshi, calling on every generous film producer to help.
His mother’s efforts finally yielded results when Venkat was able to pronounce “Amma” after his sixth birthday. His mother continued to teach Venkat to speak. Within a very short time he became an expert in lip reading. He caught his mother saying different words and repeating them. In a short time he became a talented singer. Starting in 2017, he took part in 300 different competitions for two years and won prizes and awards. In 2015 he received the National Child Award from President Pranab Mukherji
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