The young Emirati Esraa Ali Mohammed Al Amiri, who is 20 years old, a student at the UAE University, majoring in information technology, managed to overcome her visual disability and excel in singing, poetry and playing music, mainly the piano.
She held the lute in her hands to play some of the pieces she composed. And not only that, she senses the music tones in a different rhythm, and plays it perfectly without reading the musical notes, not even seeing the maestro's direction on stage to follow.
Israa Al Amiri is gifted in playing by nature, plays the national anthem, and other pieces of music that win the admiration and approval of everyone who listens to it.
Al Amiri told Al-Bayan Newspaper: “Despite the darkness that the visually impaired suffer from in general, many of them have worked hard and deservedly to provide a wonderful example of what insight can accomplish to light up the world of their darkness. There are those who occupy great positions today, and others work at good professions. There are also those who have been promoted for performing their job duties creatively and faithfully. The visual impairment did not prevent them from pursuing their excellence like their sighted peers. As for me, by the grace of God, I became a university student, and a talented artist in singing, poetry and playing the piano and the lute.”
She added, "Due to my multiple musical talents, many parties have invited me to participate in various festivals and events, especially national ones. I was finally happy that I was able to sing in the Egyptian dialect, which won everyone's admiration and approval. I am absolutely certain that the applause that follows my playing and singing is the greatest appreciation that is given to me. I feel then that I am flying high in the horizons of excellence.”
Al Amiri noted that art does not primarily require a sighted or blind person, as she is fully aware that the art needs passion, imagination, revival and brilliance, she added, “I challenged all the difficulties that faced my choice of art. It was not easy to be on the stage and play in front of audience, but I keep saying that the will is my weapon. Disability has become the key to my success, which drives me persistently in the world of challenge, to conclude that I am not different, but rather distinguished.” She smiled and said, "I see with my mind, and I practice art with my foresight, they are the secret of my success and creativity."
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