"Even without sight, the visually impaired can still do things with their hearts. And these are the people that inspire the world with their strength and courage are the visually impaired."

As the quote denotes, in honour of International Women’s Day, Astro Ulagam spotlights the remarkable journey of Manoghayathiri Manogaran, a visually impaired singer with over a decade of experience in the industry.

Commencing her musical odyssey at the age of 18, Manoghayathiri has passionately pursued her artistry, gained confidence and embraced her unique form of expression.

The turning point came with her exceptional rendition of “Ovvoru Pookalume” in 2022, originally performed by the renowned singer K.S. Chithra. Manoghayathiri challenges preconceptions about the capabilities of visually impaired individuals, advocating for a broader understanding of their diverse abilities.

“Confidence is something that music has given me. It wasn't an easy journey, but I eventually discovered who I am and what I stand for. This realization didn't happen overnight, but I've come to understand that I don't have to please everyone. I can express my unique artistic style and still be accepted.”

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She emphasizes that visual impairment exists on a spectrum, dispelling the misconception that it solely refers to total blindness. In sharing her personal experiences, she encourages individuals to reject limitations imposed by societal perceptions.

Undoubtedly inspirational, Manoghayathiri's journey serves as an inspiration to women's potential to achieve greatness. International Women’s Day is not about comparisons but about instilling confidence and reminding women that they can overcome challenges, no matter how formidable.

Manoghayathiri's advocacy extends beyond her personal achievements, aiming to open conversations about the capabilities of visually impaired individuals. She encourages proper training and understanding to empower everyone to pursue their aspirations.

Addressing misconceptions surrounding visual impairment, she urges individuals not to underestimate their potential due to physical challenges. Her resilience and determination showcase that, with proper guidance, visually impaired individuals can excel in various fields.

With that being said, Manoghayathiri credits her success to the unwavering support of her parents, family, and the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) community. In acknowledging her support system, she emphasizes the importance of extending a helping hand to others, embodying the philosophy of building longer tables rather than higher walls.

Manoghayathiri's story resonates as a beacon of empowerment, encouraging women to support and uplift each other. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, her journey serves as a reminder that every woman has the potential to inspire and contribute uniquely to the world. Through mutual support, women can break barriers, shatter stereotypes, and collectively build a more inclusive and empowering future.