Empowering Countless Harmonious Orphaned Lives Are A Blind Couple From Odisha
The blind couple, of which Rubina (32
-years-old) is a trained Hindustani vocalist from Utkal University of Culture
in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, and her husband, Bibhuti (38-years-old) is a teacher.
Bibhuti was born blind and passed his matriculate from Louis Braille School for
the Blind in Bhubhaneshwar followed by which he finished his college and MA
from Ravenshaw College and University for the same. He even studied further to
acquire a law degree from MS Law College and Bed from Radhanath Institute of
Advanced Studies in Cuttack.
His wife Rubina entered the picture in the
year 2013 when he met her in an exhibition on World Disability Day. They
eventually fell in love and although their family were opposed of their
kinship, the couple married regardless by the year 2015.
Another two years passed by and Bibhuti who
had struggled with his education once upon a time and pursuing the education he
so wanted, decided to open a charitable trust for people like him and his wife.
He started the Divyanga Charitable Trust to help people with any disabilities
and provide them with support to advance in their education or employment as
Bibhuti knows firsthand how difficult that is for differently abled people.
This was not all but Bibhuti also remembers
how he himself had to sell newspapers once upon a time at the Cuttack railway
station and earn a livelihood to support his finances to pursue education.
While Bibhuti made things possible and made ends meet, some of his friends who
also were differently abled couldn’t quite accomplish the same goals due to
their finances not being good enough to advance their careers. Some even having
had turned to beggars.
As awful as that was, Bibhuti decided to help
people just like them and others who needed the necessary help to facilitate
their lives through education and their careers.
It’s been five years ever since his trust was
first started and it has had a positive outlook about it with 45 blind orphans
from across the state of Odisha being empowered and guided to pursue their
dreams and careers through education. What once seems impossible or difficult
was proved otherwise. Of these 45 orphans, four have successfully completed
their matriculate with 14 having gotten married as well. The long way that the
last five years have been has brought nothing but good to the lives of these
orphans who have found and built a family of their own.
With Bibhuti’s wife Rubina being a vocalist
was the perfect singing coach the kids and young adults at the trust could ask
for. She made sure to train them and about 30 orphans have already formed two troupes
of 15 people each. Pradipta Swain and Krushna Patunur, two of the blind orphans
have come a long way and excelled in their singing skills through Rubina’s
The 30 orphans have formed two music troupes,
Mahaveer Sangeet Jhankar and Maa Dakhina Kali Bhajan Sandhay in the same Mahanga
block and earn their living through their beautiful voices. The troupe travel
all across the district to perform their harmony filled music.
Even so, the pandemic and the lockdowns did
adversely affect the troupes. Bibhuti with what he earned from his 16 thousand
salary spent a major chunk of it to take care of the basic necessities of the
orphans. The situation has since improved, and the troupes are back on track
with their merry singing. The troupes charge for their performances based on
the travelling expenses and the time that a singular performance would take.
We can only hope that the adept and ambitious
specially abled performers and everyone else being helped by Bibhuti and
Rubina’s trust come out and continue to be empowered and successful in their