Sruti Mohapatra

By Tata Salt Admin
She moves on a wheelchair, helping a million others to stand firmly on their feet.

Sruti Mohapatra, from Bhubaneswar, is a tireless crusader for the disabled, always at the forefront to secure a rightful place for the physically challenged in society. She is the founder member of SHARE (Shared Entertainment and Recreation) - a local organisation that stages street plays, organises treks, fashion shows and other activities for the disabled.

At 24, Sruti Mohapatra was on her way to an envious future. She was a gold-medallist, topper throughout her career and a national-level basketball player. But a devastating accident left her a quadriplegic. She lost her job and eventually her fiance, but gained an indomitable spirit to help the disabled and the less fortunate ones.

Dr. Sruti Mohapatra is the Chief Executive of Swabhiman, a non-profit organization working for the empowerment of people with disabilities in Odisha. She is the Chief Coordinator of ANJALI National Children's Festival. ANJALI is a cherished festival of literary, creative and performing arts for the young audience. The festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young minds from across India since 2001 in Odisha.

She is also the Convener of Odisha State Disability Network. As a member of Disabled People's International (DPI), she has attended various international conferences and visited countries such as the USA, the UK, Canada, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Norway, Laos, Thailand, the UAE, Bangladesh and Japan. She also represented women with disabilities of Asia-Pacific countries in the United Nations.

Currently, she is holding the post of acting Chair Person in Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, a statuary body under Women and Child Development Department of Government of Odisha .