Mangalore: Vision Beyond Sight - When Hemanth Turned Defeats into Success

Mangalore: Vision Beyond Sight - When Hemanth Turned Defeats into Success

Vineeth Monis
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore

Mangalore, Jan 11: Obstacles in life are common, but the way we handle them is what makes the difference between success and failure.

A boy who lost his eyesight ten years ago has today fulfilled his long-cherished dream of going live on air on a mainstream radio channel. The journey, however, was not an easy one for 22-year-old Hemanth.

Until 7th standard, Hemanth was a student like any other, and then tragedy struck. In an unfortunate accident, he lost his eyesight completely.

Though the accident left him broken, it failed to hinder his thirst for knowledge.

Despite the tragedy he had suffered, he completed his 10th standard from a school for the visually impaired in Chickmagalur and Mysore, and did his  PUC through correspondence from Maharaja College, Mysore.

The untimely demise of his mother at thier residence in Hassan caused the family further emotional pain and agony. In the year 2007, Hemanth left home for Bangalore where he attended a computer course. On completion of his course he shifted base to Puttur through some people's help.

Despite his visual impairment, Hemanth is highly self-reliant and resides in a room on his own, and also works part time. He likes to live his life in solitude and enjoys his own company. He is also pursuing his undergraduate degree at Vivekananda College in Puttur.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Hemanth said he always desired to be an RJ and also wanted to become a journalist. A friend of his helped him realize his dream and referred his to Mangalore Big FM. There, RJ Errol and RJ Vishwas, along with station head Wasim and marketing manager Alston took keen interest in Hemanth and recommended him to the Radio Saarang team at St Aloysius College and to its director Fr Swebert D’Silva.

Impressed by his sincere desire in achieving his goal, Fr Swebert gave him a launching pad as an intern. Hemanth completed his internship for a month, where he mastered the skills required of an RJ. He was trained by experts at Radio Sarang vocally and technically.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Kiran from Radio Saarang described Hemanth as a fast learner.

Armed with all that he had learnt during the training, Hemanth has also launched his own CD wherein he has interviewed three persons on the aspects of personality development and other general issues.

Hemanth wanted to release his CD on the 150th birthday of the nation's youth icon, Swami Vivekananda, from whom he has drawn inspiration. His wish came true with the support of Big FM team and the CD was released at a programme where he was interviewed by RJ Errol. The interview was broadcast live on the radio channel on Friday January 11. His debut was an indication of his inborn talent as an RJ, as he spoke fluently and narrated his experiences candidly.

That's not all. The Big FM team gave him a bigger suprise - the team introduced him to Dr Krishnaprasad from Prasad Nethralaya, who assured to help him regain his eyesight.

Dr Krishnaprasad said that the surgery, which otherwise costs Rs 1 lac, will be done for free. "The operation will take around 3 or 4 sessions and we hope Hemanth will regain his vision," he said.

Journalists of other media were also present during Hemanth’s interview with Big FM, and also promised to help him to achieve his next dream of getting into journalism. Hemanth also plans to pursue his post graduation in journalism.

"Take defeats in your stride with a smile and surge ahead with determination" is the advice Hemanth has for everyone.


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  • Royston, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 15 2013

    Hats off to you brother.... The self belief within you and the strong desire to reach your dreams has got you to this height and this would surely take you to still more great heights.

    Special thanks to all those who accompanied and supported him to make his dreams reality.

    "The CREATOR has blessed the world abundantly with goodness and talent that just needs to be explored and nurtured accordingly."

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  • rupesh, pune

    Mon, Jan 14 2013

    All the best hemanth:).

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  • Karthik, shakthinagar

    Sun, Jan 13 2013

    my wish that u become journalist .god gven u kindly help.its really mind blowing news ........and also thanks to big fm

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  • V. Shettigar, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 13 2013

    Annadaana, Nethradaana & Rakthadaana are priceless contributions when received from someone. Good assignment undertaken Dr. Krishnaprasad. Good piece of job Errol. U have Bcme chubby man.:) Fighting for a good cause. Wish you good luck.

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  • jaya, doha

    Sun, Jan 13 2013

    I want give a Specially thanks for Radio Sarang Team and Daijiworld team...I am sure god will give him his eyesight back.through Dr. Krishnaprasad,,,,Thanks Daiji once again.......

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  • Dr Indian, Mlore/London

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    Its things like this make us a true human being. My sincere thanks to all who has helped this young gentleman to realise his dreams. And ofcourse lot of credit goes to Hemanth himself for being motivated and being a true inspiration in the face of so many tragedies in his life. Compared to him all our problems are not real problems.All the best to him in all his dreams.
    This is should be the real 'Indian Culture' and we Indians should be a 'SUPER POWER' in good deeds like these and not with the number of weapons we have !

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sat, Jan 12 2013


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  • Ravi, Mangalore, Dubai

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    Truly inspirational....I salute you Mr.Hemanth and my prayers are with you to regain your Eyesight soon and be successful in life. God bless the whole team.

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  • Anil Pinto, Puttur / Sharjah

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    I salute All, Specially Radio Sarang Team, RJs, Fr. Swebert, Dr.Krishnaprasad Good work..Priceless Work. God bless u all..

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  • Juliana Braggs, Omzoor (Ghatkopar)

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    Whom to salute????????? I am stunned.
    There were tears in my eyes when I was reading the article. Really great Daijiworld. Hats off to you Hemant for the courage you had throughout your life. God belss U a great friend Errol. Thank you Fr Swebert D’Silva (Radio Saarang) for such a great noble work. BIG FM you are really too big..... Dr Krishnaprasad from Prasad Nethralaya - Hope god will give results to your efforts and when Hemant will get his vision he will see his god (YOU) in front of him whom he will adore his life........
    All the best all of you..

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  • Prasad, Mangalore/W.Africa

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    Nothing is impossible in life if you have a dream & determination,dedication to achieve it nothing can stop you.Congratulations to Mr.Hemanth and all the staff of Big 92.7FM,RJ Errol Sarang,Fr.Swebert D'Silva,Dr.Krishnaprasad,his unknown friend god bless you all & hats off.

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  • nasir, manglore

    Sat, Jan 12 2013

    PRICELESS WORK................

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  • GERALD, Modnakap

    Sat, Jan 12 2013



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