Kathmandu, December 31, 2016: Dancer Ramesh Khatri has been felicitated with the first Differently Abled Idol 2016 amidst a Grand Finale of the competition held in Kathmandu on Saturday, December 31. Similarly, Sagar Lama (Singer) and Sabim Thapa (Painter) have been awarded the first runner-up and second runner-up prizes respectively.
With this victory, Khatri has won a purse of Rs 20,000, winnerâ€™s trophy and certificate, and a weeklong trip to Dubai. Meanwhile, Lama and Thapa bagged Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively, along with trophies and certificates.
Khatri, 18, is a double amputee who lost both of his legs in the April earthquake last year. But, all the audience members in the ceremony were amazed when he showed his superb dancing skills. â€œThis competition has shown a hope in me that I too have a potential, and can make my career in dancing. I consider Differently Abled Idol as a platform to let myself know that I am not incapable anymore. The competition instilled a hope in me to move ahead. I am now hopeful that though Iâ€™m physically challenged, I am not incapable,â€ said Khatri after winning the competition.
Organized for the first time in Nepalâ€™s history, the competition seeks to recognize and honor the differently able people in the nation, and further encourage and add fuel to their talent, and make them heroes.
A total of 350 people had applied for the competition. Out of them, 35 were selected in the audition round, and 10 from the second round of the competition were qualified to reach the grand finale of the competition, and vie for the winnerâ€™s trophy.
In the final day of the competition, all the 10 finalists in the competition had showcased their talents in different forms: singing, dancing, and arts.
In the competition, a four-member jury panel comprising of Singers Hemant Sharma and Reema Gurung Hoda, Choreographer Shiva Bk and Artist Sanjay Bantawa had judged the participants on the basis of their performances.
Jagadishwar Narsingh KC, Nepali Congress Nuwakot District president and a CA member, who graced the ceremony as the chief guest thanked the organizers for coming up with such a concept and vision to encourage the differently able people in the nation, and show them a hope that they are not incapable at all, despite being physically challenged.
Shravan Kumar Mishra, one of the organizing committee members said that they came up with the idea of hosting such a competition so that talents in the physically challenged people are not limited within their home, instead come out and show to the world that they are no longer incapable.
The organizers have also announced that they are coming up with the second season of the competition next year and continue with the legacy of the Idol.