Sparsh Shah has a gift for music. The 12-year-old vocalist — a.k.a. Purhythm — has just had a viral hit with over 2 million YouTube views of his cover of rap legend Eminem’s song, Not Afraid.
Given he began learning classical Indian music at the age of six, Sparsh adds his own distinct touch of Indian rhythms to Eminem’s song, which was originally released in 2010.
“I feel like Not Afraid has been my power song ever since I heard it for the first time, and Eminem became my idol in the rap genre,” Sparsh wrote on his Facebook page.
“He has inspired me so much with his powerful songs and lyrics (minus curses), and I aspire that one day, I could get to meet him and sing (or rap!) with him,” he wrote.
“It’s always been my dream to inspire BILLIONS of people one day with my musical talent, and I wish that dream comes true.”
Sparsh was born osteogenesis imperfecta, an incurable disorder that makes his bones very brittle to the point where even a firm handshake would lead to fractures.
According to The Better Indian, when Sparsh was born he broke over 35 bones. Given the fragility of his bones, he is unable to stand, let along walk or run.
But as you can tell by the above BBC video, the New Jersey boy also has a great character, and a never give up attitude. Through his admirable character and supporting family, Sparsh has overcome his challenges.
“He’s not treated as disabled,” his father Hiren Shah told NBC New York. “It’s made a huge difference in his outlook, always very positive.”
Watch his Not Afraid video in full below here as posted via his YouTube channel: