Zublee Baruah, 30

India Today - - YOUNG YEARNERS - by Kaushik Deka

ARTIST

Singer, com­poser, ac­tor, an­chor, Mum­bai and Guwahati

Two years ago, Zublee got a call from an autis­tic child’s mother in Guwahati. She said her child clapped and jumped in joy when­ever he saw Zublee on TV and that her pic­ture or song was enough to make him eat or go to sleep. A month later, Zublee turned up at their home, unan­nounced. Now Ab­hi­lash Borthakur, 10, does stage shows with her. And not just him, Zublee is also mon­i­tor­ing the mu­si­cal jour­neys of seven autis­tic chil­dren in As­sam. She also runs Zublee Foun­da­tion, the first NGO in North-east work­ing for or­gan do­na­tion. BREAK­THROUGH Shar­ing the stage with Zubeen Garg. NEXT Cre­ate an or­gan bank in North-east and to “take North-east­ern folk mu­sic to the global stage”. ON A HIGH In her lat­est al­bum Maati, there is a song about trance in­duced by bhang. She com­posed it in a toi­let at 3 in the morn­ing.

“With her or­gan do­na­tion ini­tia­tive, Zublee Baruah has thrown at us a chal­lenge which will en­cour­age us to give our best.”

Hi­manta Biswa Sarma HealthMin­is­ter,As­sam

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