Sparsh Shah Wants to people how can beat from every trouble comes in our life and how can start a new life to be a guide for other people who want to turn their life around as well.
Sparsh is a 13-years old child sensation, singer/song writer/rapper and brittle bones are fractures (130+fractures), but an unbreakable spirit. He became a worldwide internet sensation with his Purhythm versions of Eminem covers. He wants to inspire and sing in front of a billion people one day.
Sparsh has been learning from Hindustani classical music for the last seven-and-a-half years and American verbal music for the last three years. Sparsh is multi-talented. He performs at public events and has performed on local radio stations and television shows, besides hosting shows as an MC.
He talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED session format but independently organized by a local public.
Since when have you been singing? When did you decide that you want to do what you’re doing today?
I started singing continually since I learn to speak. Whenever my mom, dad used to sing a song wrong, I was the one who corrected them. When my parents recognized my interest for music, they then enrolled me for piano educations. But then my bones started getting hurt while playing and we stopped. We then decided to start singing, and that’s how all started.
Your cover of Eminem’s ‘Not Afraid’ is quite popular. Why did you choose Eminem and his music particularly to cover your songs?
Because his lyrics are inspiring, still not many of his songs are kids-friendly. His story is inspirational because he came from happiness and is a multi-millionaire now.
What other than music interests you?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a palaeontologist because I was crazy about pre-historic animals. So, I still like to read about dinosaurs. I love drawing sketches and playing video games.
What motivates you in life?
I pull motivation from everywhere. Whether it is my parents, relatives and friends. But my biggest motivation comes from God himself because I have to do God’s will to reach the best of my abilities.
You don’t sound like a teenager at all. You talk like a mature adult. Where does this maturity come from?
I really don’t know. But I guess, simply put, I have a deeper understanding about life.
Who are your idols?
I do not have any idols. God is my idol and I think we are own heroes. My parents are my role models. I think being yourself is something you can do better than anybody else.
How important is your parents’ support in your life?
Their support is very, very important. In fact, I call my dad- daddager, a daddy manager because he would be up till 3 in the night updating my social media page and reaching out to people.
You’ve got the kind of spirit where nothing appears difficult for you. Is there anything difficult for you?
Of course besides physical limitations like walking and running, there is absolutely nothing that I cannot do. I think that everything is possible and nothing is impossible.
What message do you have for people who look up to you for inspiration?
No matter whatever happens in your life, do not give up. There will be complications in your life, where you feel you cannot do things. At such times, you’ve got to believe in god and push yourself. You have to believe in miracles and then work hard towards realizing your goal.
So what you just heard were some of the 11 longest words in the English dictionary. Such complex words, right?
Well, just as these words are complex, so has my own life. And though really difficult things, such as memorizing long and simple words and numbers are simple for me, really simple things such as standing and manner weight are impossible for me. That’s because I wasn’t like any other new-born baby.
I was born with osteogenesis imperfect, a rare incurable genetic disorder that reasons a person’s bones to be very delicate. So I guess you can call me Mr. Glass now.
During my birth, I had above 35 fractures and was taken immediately to the demanding care unit. And these were the sounds that used to vibrate throughout the hospital, those hardly close-fitting on to my life. The doctors gave me the very depressing prediction that I’d only live for a day or two, but due to God’s grace and the support of my parents and their never-say-die attitude, I continued. In fact — thank you, thank you.
In fact, I’ve had 130 fractures so future in just the first 13 years of my life and only God knows how many more will happen. I’ve also had multiple secures and rods placed in my body. So I guess you can call me Iron Man as well. Ironic, am I right? But anyways, no more snuffle stories, because that’s not what I want to talk to you about today.
So now what do you see in the shot in the back? Can you tell me? Impossible, right. OK, good.
Now what do you all see?
“I am possible”
Thank you. Yeah, awesome and that’s exactly what I want to share with you all today: how I turned the word “Impossible” into “I’m possible” in my life by following three simple steps.
Step 1: Find your passion. Now in the face of the fact that I did live a very even life for the first few years, God opened a new door to it that would become my passion and change my life forever. And that was music. Music has a fantastic effect on me, both physically and emotionally.
I started singing continually since I could speak. And in fact, I even used to correct my parents when they were singing off-key by saying, “Mom, dad, you’re not singing right”.
At the fond age of 6, my parents joined me into Indian classical vocal training. Much later on, I also started taking American verbal educations, therefore helping to increase my flexibility as a singer. But I found my true calling as an artist at the age of 10 when I wrote my first song “This love will never fade”. Since then I’ve written 11 more songs.
Step 2: Never hold yourself back. One day I came across an amazing rap song many of you may have heard of: “Not Afraid” by none other than Eminem, also known as Slim Shady. This song struck my musical tones and was so inspirational to me that I could not hold myself back. And I decided that I had to go out there and make a cover of it myself. Who told that the boy with slim chances of survival would go on to sing Slim Shady songs one day?
But wait, there’s more. I didn’t just rap the song like any other person. First of all, I have not been in expletive. So I decided to make my rapper name, Purhythm. In other words, I’m clean, no spells but I’m still all about the rhythm.
I also added my own bit of Indian classical music to the song, which is part of a new music field that I want to creator called raga rap with a fusion of apparently polar opposites: Indian classical music and hip hop. I know right now to some of you the idea may sound completely crazy. But trust me; in the end the result is beautiful.
To my enjoyable surprise, the cover gusted up all over the internet and it became a worldwide phenomenon. I received praises from some of the most famous celebrities out there, and today the cover has gotten over 55 million views and counting on all social media sites so far. Thank you.
And because I decided that I would not hold myself back and instead decide out to go out and display my musical talent to the world, I was able to achieve these among many other achievements that I’ve been very blessed to have achieved to this day.
Step 3: Help others. Now I’ve been singing pro bono for various non-profit organizations and by now I’ve helped to increase at least half a million dollars for them. Thank you. And yes, that is American dollars by the way. Because I know we’re in India right now so.
But I believe that the biggest satisfaction for all of us when we get to help change someone else’s life for the better; doesn’t it give us such an immense amount of gratitude? For example, I was once contacted by a family who had a child with brittle bones just like me. He’s about to go into surgery and was very worried. But his parents reached out to me and we had a Face Time call which went very well and on the day of the surgery his parents sent us this pic with a smiling Xavier going into the surgery without any fear. Thank you.
And last but not least Dream Big. None of this would have ever happened if I had not dreamed big. But my ultimate goal as a musician is still to one day performs in front of a billion. Yes, you heard me right. A billion people one day. I want to leave my footprints, or rather track prints into the sand of moneys so deep not even a tsunami can erase it. And I firmly believe that every one of us here should struggle for such big goals. I mean, don’t you all want to be remembered when you leave this earth?
I also have many plans for my life in the future, especially in my musical career. I want to join an online bachelor’s degree course in music at the age of 13, come up with many original albums, win a Grammy Award one day and most highly, sparsh (touch) everyone’s hearts all over the world. Thank you. Oh, thank you.
But remember it’s still not over yet, I promise you. Yes, where was I sparsh-ing everyone’s hearts, right? I want to spread the message that no matter what happens in your life, you should never ever give up on your passion. Everyone in this world goes through struggle of some sort, and I know, because I for one have to deal with constant breaks and lots of pain. But I believe that if I can turn “Impossible” into “I’m possible” in my life, you can too. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. And I firmly believe that if you push forward and have faith you will make it big anywhere in life. Thank you so much.
But wait up; before you people do a standing approval, it’s not over yet, because I’d like to leave you all with a very special gift from me to you. This is my rendition of raga rap in Eminem’s “Not Afraid”. Purhythm style. So thank you again