Teenage singing prodigy Sparsh Shah (Photo Source: Facebook - @purhythm)
People across India and those in America are waiting eagerly for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega diaspora outreach event "Howdy Modi" in United States' Houston on September 22. While over 50,000 people are waiting eagerly to see PM Modi addressing the Indian-American community alongside US President Donald Trump at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Texas, teenage singing prodigy Sparsh Shah will also join the crowd to make the occasion even more special with his live performance today.
Shah, an Indian-origin boy, born with a rare medical condition namely 'osteogenesis imperfecta' or brittle bone disease, will be singing Indian national anthem "Jana Gana Mana" and is excited to meet PM Modi for the first time in person. The 16-year-old boy, a New Jersey resident, did not let his wheelchair-bound disability to be a barrier to his success and continued to amuse the world with his mind-boggling creations, including raps, songs and inspirational quotes over the years.
To share the joy of performing at "Howdy Modi", Shah tweeted, "I am honoured and humbled to be invited to sing the Indian National Anthem at a Community Summit in honor of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi; in the presence of the President of USA, Mr Donald Trump and 50,000 audience members in Houston, TX+Billions watching live!".
I am honored & humbled to be invited to sing the Indian National Anthem at a Community Summit in honor of the Prime Minister of India, Shri @narendramodi; in the presence of the President of USA, Mr @realdonaldtrump & 50,000 audience members in Houston, TX+Billions watching live! pic.twitter.com/guEjtWpKy8— Sparsh Shah-Purhythm (@SparshPurhythm) September 16, 2019
"Special thanks to the Texas India Forum and Mela Productions for bestowing this honor! I am proud to represent Voice of Specially Abled People at this prestigious event," the child prodigy wrote on his Facebook page.
Shah's performance will be a part of the special cultural programme at the 'Howdy, Modi!' community event to share the cultural ties between India and US. The 90-minute-long programme, titled "Woven: The Indian-American Story", will be comprising some of the best music and dance performances along with multimedia show.
Speaking to the IANS over his "Howdy Modi" performance, Shah said, "It's a big thing for me to be singing in front of so many people. I'm excited to be singing the rashtra gana, Jana Gana Mana. The first time I saw Modiji was in Madison Square Garden, I wanted to meet him, but I could only see him on TV. But due to God's grace I am going to meet him, and I'm excited to be singing the national song".
The singing gem, who wants to become the next Eminem, first grabbed public attention when he recorded a video covering the Eminem song "Not Afraid", which has had more than 65 million views online. It was even noticed by Eminem's record label, who tweeted about Sparsh after it went viral. He released his first album cover as a tribute to Eminem, the noted American rapper.
Sparsh has also motivated people across the globe with his inspirational talks, teaching them how to turn impossible into 'I'm possible'. He is also credited for his invention of Purhythm, a style of music, the proceeds from its sale will go toward his music college fund.
In March, 2018, a documentary named 'Brittle Bone Rapper' was released, shading lights on Sparsh's life journey and his fight against the disease, characterized by fragile bones that can break easily.