HÀ NỘI — Blind musician Hà Văn Chương has released a book titled Nhắm Mắt Nhìn Sao (Watching Stars With Closed Eyes) aiming to inspire people with disabilities.
The 300-page book tells the story of Chương, who went blind at the age of two.
“I have been in darkness nearly all my life and I can’t change that. I choose darkness to be my friend,” said Chương. “Then, my imagination soars.”
Inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic from Australia was invited to Việt Nam in 2013 and has inspired a lot of people, including Chương.
“I want people around the world to know there are many Vietnamese like Vujicic,” Chương said.
His idea was supported by Trần Văn Phước, director of Trí Việt First News company. The book has been published by the company and Writers’ Association Publishing House.
This is the story of the blind musician who composes and sings. In his autobiography, he tells stories about the ups and downs in his life with sweat and tears.
His memories of childhood when his mother was taking him to different hospitals in big cities with the hope of finding him light also feature in the book.
The milestones in his life came at the Nguyễn Đình Chiểu School for the Blind, his wife and his moment on Việt Nam’s Got Talent.
Chương learned to play the guitar at seven years old when his fingers were not big enough to cover all the chords.
He was among the top graduates from the Traditional Instrument Department at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music in 2010.
With a catchy melody and youthful style, the musician is a representative of the young generation.
He also plays the piano, flute and mandolin, and has performed in France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar and the US.
Chương won third prize at the National Music Festival in 2008 and top prize at the Việt Nam Literature and Arts Associations Union. He also received a certificate of merit from Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
He has been invited to speak on talk shows to inspire students at 300 high schools, colleges and universities.
Nhắm Mắt Nhìn Sao was penned by journalist Thanh Nhã, who has also written other popular biographies.
The book includes remarks by popular artists including Chương’s teacher Hồ Hoài Anh; MC Thanh Bạch and veteran artist Tường Vi.
It is on sale in book stores across the country. — VNS