Varun Khullar popularly known as ‘DJAamish’ India’s First Differently-Abled DJ has a very motivational journey. Every individual needs to overcome obstacles at some point in their life.
People normally lose hope during adversities, while some exceptionally inspire people in this world constantly with their hard work, adaptability, and a positive attitude and turn all life challenges into the greatest advantages.
Overcoming obstacles is something that everyone must learn how to do, and Varun Khullar is encouraging many with his journey as an example of success.
Varun Khullar went on a road trip with some friends to Manali back in 2014, when he faced a fatal accident. His car toppled from a hill and some army men rescued them. The next thing he remembers waking up in the hospital. He had suffered an acute spinal cord injury. The doctors told him that he will never be able to sit or walk and he has to live with it. For some months Varun Khullar had become very reluctant to the situation.
The DJ had lost hope and was into depression. However, he did not let his thoughts win over him and decided to be strong for his mother and himself. Varun Khullar turned his misery into the biggest turning point in his life and came back as a survivor and became India’s first differently-abled DJ and the world’s second to open a music festival.
He opened the multi-genre music festival ‘Time Out 72’ in the presence of international figures like Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa, and Martin Garrix in December 2017. Varun Khullar is a resident DJ at Kitty Su, Delhi. He has performed at various other clubs and pubs and music festivals.
Icy Tales is in conversation with the inspiring Varun Khullar, a music producer and disc jockey.
Q) What is the idea behind the name DJ Aamish?
Q) What was your ambition as a child? Were you always interested in music?
Varun Khullar – I have grown up listening to a lot of different kinds of music, also because my father was a music lover. I was inclined towards music since my childhood. I eventually started realizing that I want to get into this field.
During my schooling days, I realized that I want to become a music producer no matter what, specifically in electronic dance music. I started working in that direction, but my family wanted me to complete my education first as they wanted to make sure that I have a plan B.
Then I completed my graduation. Later, I was doing my M.Com along with which I was pursuing DJing and music production but then I got into this injury, and after that, I had ample amount of time to do things I wanted to do a little bit earlier.
Q) What do you enjoy the most about being a Disc Jockey?
Q) Every journey has its ups and downs. We know yours started with a lot of courage and determination. But as you choose your path, did you encounter any roadblocks along the way, and how did you overcome them?
Varun Khullar – I faced numerous amounts of roadblocks like getting rejection from the DJ schools, trying to make people understand that even I can do it in the wheelchair, even going to the venues, and making them understand that this is not something abnormal. I wanted to make people believe that this is something normal and I want to live my life normally.
I have always believed that there is nothing different between what a normal person can do and what I can do. I just have a particular capacity of my body through which I live my day
Q) What is the one thing you wish more people knew about you?
Q) What is your idea of success? What has been the most significant milestone in your journey so far?
Q) What is the one thing that can instantly light up your mood?
Q) Who has been your constant support and pillar during all this time? Is there someone you look up to as an inspiration?
Q) Any two things that you have learned through all the experiences in life?
Varun Khullar – The very first thing that I have realized with time is that if any problem is coming into your life, it is coming for good, it has something good in it. We always start thinking negatively when we are in problematic situations. It is nothing like that, everything happens for good in life.
This is a blessing in disguise to me, I have learned so much in my life after getting into this injury. Maybe I could not have learned if this was not the situation. Problems come in your life to teach you something. Even a heartbeat is full of ups and downs, the moment it gets straight you lose your life. The same is with life, if everything is just straight in your life then you are not living it.
Mehar Jolly is the Interview Team Head for Icy Tales, conducting interviews and writing on health professionals, celebrities, writers, nutritionists, speakers, authors, and more. With a Journalism degree and over five years of experience, she is a leader in her own right.