Striving through life as a visually impaired person gave Sristi K.C the courage and strength to fight for a course that she believes is for her and other visually impaired persons. Sristi is a blind dancer and a visionary from Nepal. At age sixteen she lost her eye sight. Initially she struggled to cope with her new situation. She was able to overcome many challenges to lead a life filled with happiness and dignity. Commonly blind people are treated as objects of pity and charity and she seeks to empower the blind as she has empowered herself. What initially was her limitation has now become her springboard and she is ready to rock the blind.
With this in mind she started to be involved in an organization ready to help people with disabilities. She also continued with her dance. People who watched her were surprised when they realized that she was blind. Their ovation was a driving force to her. She then performed on various stages in Nepal and abroad. Her desire to learn new steps through professional training were, however, shattered when the dancing institutions were not ready to accept a blind dancer. They were at the opinion that blind people cannot follow instructions properly.
She then followed what her heart told her “If you don’t find a way, create one!!”
She decided to teach herself using her imaginations. She not only taught herself but soon started teaching other blind people as well through various dance workshops. Her passion to empower the blind people to enjoy life like any other sighted person grew. She didn’t want blindness to be synonymous with pity and charity anymore. She started organizing various workshops in Nepal and India and started delivering motivational speeches. The reactions of her participants encouraged her so much that she decided to set up “Blind Rocks!” an organization that will travel around the world to get the blind out of their comfort zones and empower them to be part of life. And she plans even more than dance today: fashion shows with and for the blind inter personal skills, and adventurous tours, such as rock climbing, white water rafting etc.
Awards and Achievements
- Choreomundus International Master’s Degree program on Dance Practice, Knowledge and Heritage – Degree offered by a consortium of four universities from Norway, France, Hungary and the UK. May, 2017
- “Arjun Swarna Padak”, a Gold Medal received from Prime Minister of Nepal for securing highest marks in Nepali faculty in Bachelor level in Humanities run by Tribhuwan University.
- Award and certificate received from President of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav for securing highest mark in Proficiency Certificate Level in Humanities run by Tribhuwan University.
- National Youth Award 2016, received from Youth Ministry Government of Nepal.
- Certificate of Appreciation received from the John Paul II University, Lubling Poland for conducting a dance workshop.
- Certificate of Participation at First World Congress for Persons with Disabilities, Yekaterinburg Russia
- Certificate of Participation at South Asian Workshop for Advancing the Rights of Women with Disabilities through Networking and capacity Building for Advocacy
- “Youth Excellence Award 2013” received in Kerala, India.
- Kamala Memorial Pratibha Award
- Certificate of Appreciation received from White Cane Social Movement Organization, Yekaterinburg Russia
- Certificate of Felicitation received from Siru Intellectual Society, Sirutar, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
- Certificate of Appreciation received from Lalitpur Blind Association, Lalitpur, Nepal.