THH2017 Feature: Zumulaiti’s Journey
The World of Tzu Chi | July 17, 2017 by Tzu Chi USA
Zumulaiti was just eight years old when she decided that she would devote her life to singing. She adores making music, letting her melodies fly, and performing on stage. So, when the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT) selected her to join them in 2004, she knew her dreams had been realized. Due to a physical impairment that stemmed from a childhood illness, she is unable to walk. This journey had not been smooth, and the polio virus had caused her much pain:
“I found that as long as I can sing, my pain will disappear, as if the song slowly swallowed it. I can then focus on the future.”
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It seemed nothing could deter her as she ardently applied herself, participating in contests, gaining admission to the Xinjiang Arts Institute, and quickly became recognized for her talent. Once with the CDPPAT, she traveled the world with her team, singing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Summer Paralympic Games, performed in New York City in 2010 for our “Thousands of Helping Hands” charity concert, and has become the lead singer of the piece “Code of Life”.
“My voice is now recognized globally. I can use my song to express myself, or bring me to another fantastic world…”