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Rahman brings Nithila’s triumph to screens

Tryst with music : A scene from the short film, Undefeated Triumph of Nithila.

Tryst with music : A scene from the short film, Undefeated Triumph of Nithila.  

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Film traces the musical journey of the hearing-impaired girl

“I am learning strength from her rather than she from me,” says Surojeet Chatterji, head of the Russian Piano Studio at the K.M. Music Conservatory in Chennai in the short film, Undefeated Triumph of Nithila.

Eighteen-year-old Nithila’s tryst with music and her undying spirit are the subject of the short film for which music composer A.R. Rahman is the creative producer. Ms. Nithila was born with a mild-facial deformity. Her parents Rajasekar and Raji recount in the film that they discovered after a BERA test that she could not hear as well.

In the film, Ms. Nithila plays the piano with impeccable skill and dexterity. It features her parents as well who speak about her journey.

Challenging times

They believed that she could learn something and encouraged her to be independent while tiding over her challenges, the society and the stigma. “Her parents have been so motivating and supportive of her and were the reason she was introduced to music,” says Khatija Rahman, the project manager.

‘For inspiration’

“We’re so often caught up in what we don’t have or are left hunting for motivation. It is stories like that of Nithila’s which we should be focusing on and turning to for inspiration,” she adds.

Shots of Ms. Nithila playing ‘an early Czerny in F major’ on the piano follow Mr. Chatterji, her teacher at the K.M. Music Conservatory speaking about her attitude in class and her willingness to learn. Amith Krishnan, the director of the film, says that it was Mr. Rahman who had approached him with the idea of wanting to take Ms. Nithila’s inspiring story to the world.

Mr. Amith also adds that the film is a part of Mr. Rahman’s larger vision to bring out more stories like this to the people. The film, which is around seven minutes long, was shared by Mr. Rahman on his social networking pages on Children’s Day and has got over 77,000 views on YouTube.

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