Success Stories


HARIHAR DEO

The youngest child and only brother to seven sisters Hariharwas born to Parag Ranjan Deo and LabanyavatiDeo in Ganjam. His rudimentary hands were a cause of great concern to his family. Hari was discovered in the streets of Ganjam and brought to camp Anjali as a participant in 2002. The organizers were impressed to find his arm stubs getting overshadowed by his thundering legs and lightning fast movements. He was supported in his training and then was elevated to the position of resource person in Anjali. He has won many prizes and awards both as a dancer and Choreographer, not able ones being award by Smt. Salma Ansari at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; by Chief Minister Orissa on Utkal Divas 2003, President Smt. PratibhaPatil in Rashtrapati Bhawan etc. He is a writer, choreographer, comedian and actor par excellence. He served as a teacher at Sai International School Bhubaneswar from 24th June 2012 to 2015.

“I own my life and career to Swabhiman and Anjali. I have benefitted as a scholar, resource person and teacher in BBC School for deaf and CATCH.”


KUMARI SONIA

Kumari Sonia came to this planet earth on 2nd of July in the year 1978. She lost her father at a very early age. Her mother, SantiSudha Behera, is her pillar of strength. Her elder sister Seema is also deaf. After completion of her graduation from Ramadevicollege, she joined at BK college of Fine arts in the 1998. She completed her post-graduation in the year 2004. She has bagged many prizes for her exceptional artistic abilities, like gold in Abylympics in the year 2003 in zonal level, silver in the year 2003 in national level and bronze in the year 2003 in international level. She is the recipient of many recognitions like Red Cross Award , State Government Award etc. She got her anjali scholarship in the years 2003 and 2004. Ms.Swati Panda was her sponsor. She is working as an art teacher at KISS Bhubaneswar for last 10 years (since 2006).

"Receiving a cash award for your efforts reduces the pressure to maintain yourself while you dedicate your energies to study. I will always be grateful to anjali to have simultaneously projected my artworks in various forums."


MITHILESH PATNAIK

The only child of Sri SubhranshuPatnaik and Smt. MinatiPatnaik, Mithilesh is mentally challenged with 60% retardation. Mithilesh came to camp Anjali in the year 2001. Observing his interest in Odishi dance and his deft expression and postures, he was awarded Anjali scholarship for two years 2003-04 and 2004-05 to continue his dance training. Thereafter he was continuously promoted by Swabhiman in various cultural and dance forums. He has been trained under Guru Late Sahadeb Padhi and Guru SmtAratiKar. This is his 20th year as an Odishi dancer. He has passed Sangeet VisharadPrathamKhanda and the winner of many awards - CCRT winner, Srujani Award, Anjali Award, Rajeev Sanman, and SCART Award. He has more than 100 performances to his credit. He joined as a teacher at Sai International School Bhubaneswar from 24th June 2012.

PURNA CHANDRA

Purna Chandra Das was blessed to RadhaShyma Das and Madhuri Das at Palsingha in Kendrapada district. He was very musical and sensitive to the sounds around him from his very birth. He had a sensitive year for music and chose to take it up as a career. He joined Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in Bhubaneswar for pursuing his career. He got Anjali scholarship in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. He got child artist award in the year 1996 from Lalit Kala Academy, Sura Das Memorial Award in the year 2002, SanskarBharati Award in the year 2003 and Red Cross Award in the year 2007. In the 2007 he qualified the interview and joined in KendriyaVidyalaya as a music teacher. This is his sixth year in the school.

“Anjali scholarship helped me to focus on my music and studies rather than worry about paying the mess bills. Exposure in camp Anjali as a resource person has helped me become a good teacher.”

SAKTI SWARUPA BIR

SaktiSwarupaBir is the fourth child of Sri DurgaMadhabBir and Smt. DurgavatiBir. She came as a participant to Anjali in 2002. With 90% impairment in speech and hearing, it is incredible to watch Sakti moving to the rhythm of music. She understands the nuances of the lyric and her expressions match the movement of feelings. Swabhiman selected her as an Anjali Scholar in 2002-03 and supported her dance training. She has been trained under Guru ChitaranjanAcharya. Today she has established herself as a dancer of repute. Her life’s struggle was captured by a famous film maker and the film ‘HamariBeti’ reached the Chicago. International film festival 2006. She has been awarded with Red Cross Award, Anjali Award andNrutyaBhusan Award. He joined as a teacher at Sai International School Bhubaneswar from 24th June 2012.

"On a more personal level, more than the Anjali scholarship, the many platforms I got to perform on, reinforced my self-confidence and gave me greater powers of resilience. I am grateful to Swabhiman.”


SUSHANTA KUMAR NAIK

First Anjali scholarship awardee Sushant was a class IXth student of BB School for the Blind, when he got the scholarship, in the year 2002. His scholarship was continued in 2003 to enable him to learn music after regular school hours. He was born to NilambarNaik and SaraswatiNaik on 5th June 1985 at Sunadiha in Jagatsinghpur district. After completion of matriculation he joined Ravenshawcollege for his +2 and then moved to BJB (autonomous) college for completing his graduation. His study in Ravenshaw was supported by the scholarship. He has won many awards, notable being Akshya Mohanty Award in the year 2007 and Sambad Sangeet Award in the year 2008 from His Excellency Governor of Odisha. In his own initiative he has formed a musical group ‘Bhakti ArgyaBhajanSandhya’ which renders devotional songs. He is also a very active social worker in his locality. Now he is working as a contractual teacher in at Jaltapada UGP School, Jagatsingpur.

“Anjali scholarship enabled me to complete my +2 career and it also gave me inspiration to go further progress in life”