Visually impaired since his birth, T Sriramanujam, an 11-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu, fulfilled his long cherished dream of becoming a news anchor, as he went live for 22 minutes on the Lotus News, a satellite television channel based at Coimbatore, thus becoming world’s first visually impaired news anchor as claimed by the channel.
Sriramanujam is a student of blind school, and read the special news live with the help of Braille. He told the Hindu, “I was trembling with fear when I read the first news. But, on reading it, I gained confidence and read the remaining 30 news items in my half-hour slot covering topics such as national, sports and entertainment news,”
Although Sriramanujam has never seen a television video his entire life, he was an avid listener of the broadcast programs and wanted to become a news anchor some day. He was extremely happy that Lotus news offered him this opportunity. Channel Chairman, G K S Selvakumar told PTI that the main purpose of introducing the visually handicapped boy was to promote and create awareness on eye donation among the public, “So that such talented people get their vision back and achieve their goals.”
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