Melodious notes greeted shoppers who were cashing in on the Pongal shopping frenzy at CMR Central on Saturday. Inquisitive visitors jostled through the crowd to catch a glimpse of the artist on stage and were surprised when they found that the beautiful voices belonged to visually challenged singers.
The event was organised at the atrium of the mall to celebrate the 205th birth anniversary of Louis Braille the inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing. Visually challenged singers were given a platform to showcase their musical talent and enthral shoppers who gathered around tapping their feet to the beat. The organisers also aimed to spread awareness about the disability and the way Louis Braille had changed the lives of so many people with his work.
After the performance, winners of a contest that was conducted on television for visually impaired singers were felicitated. Sravya from Hyderabad won the first prize that came with prize money of Rs. 1 lakh. S. Jyothi from Kakinada bagged the second spot and Yelamanda from Guntur came third. Balram from Visakhapatnam bagged the fourth place and Vikramswamy from Vijayawada stood fifth.