Making Music Despite Disability

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS (WKBW) A local musician refuses to let his disability stop him from doing what he loves, and now he's sharing his talents to inspire others.

Meet Sujeet Desai, an accomplished musician who has played all over the world, with some of the best musicians on the planet, compiling countless awards. Sujeet has Down Syndrome, and a simple mission.

"It's to bring hope. To inspire people with different abilities," he said.

Sujeet plays the clarinet, the piano, the alto saxophone, and the violin, while dabbling in the drums and guitar. His mother says despite his obstacles, her son has far surpassed anyone's expectations not only in his skills, but in his inspiration of others.

"We have done through his music so much that, it's work but it's a gift, it's a God-given gift that we are able to do it through him," she said.

32 year old Sujeet now lives on his own, with assistance from his parents and trained staff, one of which happens to be one of his musical partners.

"I really feel that he feels the music. It's not something that he's thinking about mechanically, it's just something that he does and it's so natural. And the music, when it's that natural you can tell, and I think that's what makes it so good," Justin Gamella, Sujeet's musical coordinator and People, Inc. Employee said.

And when Sujeet was asked what his favorite part of performing on stage was, he knew right away.

"I can tell that people are getting inspired by me and what they think about my music and it really feels good," he said.

Sujeet will perform a holiday concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lewiston, this Sunday December 8th at 4:30. Admission is free.