Achievers don’t have any age, they have the will to do things. Seeing the passion in today’s young minds, nobody will be shocked to come across young talents who have reached the pinnacle of success even before turning 10. While their friends and classmates were busy playing or reading, they dared to think different. These achievers ensured that they worked hard and inspire the younger lot to achieve the impossible in life. Take a moment and look back at the following child achievers who have made our state and country proud with their exceptional talent and feat.
She is known for ‘check-mating’ her opponents on a chess board. All of 9, Bhubaneswar based Arushi Srichandan took everybody by surprise when she won two gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in the U-9 category at the recently concluded 14th Asian School Chess Championships in Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. Interestingly, this was her debut Asian chess tournament and she pocketed five coveted medals for the country. Her coach Satya Ranjan Patnaik believes that Arushi can be a serious threat in international meets given her talent, dedication and hard work she puts in everyday for chess. She took to chess only when was 6 and since then she has been regularly winning national and state level chess tournaments. The chess prodigy aspires to become World Chess Champion one day and make her state and country proud with her achievements.
Mrigakshi R. Kumar
At an age when kids spend most of their time watching cartoons or playing toys, Mrigakshi R. Kumar has already won the prestigious title of Little Miss Galaxy 2018. The six-year old beauty was always inclined towards fashion but it was her mother who insisted her to participate in the pageant. Earlier this year after winning Little Miss India pageant, she qualified for the Little Miss Galaxy pageant in Bulgaria where she stamped her supremacy. If that was not enough, the child prodigy also won two important titles, Best National Costume and Mini Miss Butterfly Universe at Little Miss Universe ’18 in Turkey. The talented girl, also a meritorious student, has acted in a few TV serials and won many laurels for the state in the dance competition. Currently studying in Class 1, Mrigakshi aims to become Miss Universe and a Collector in the future.
Ten-year old Abhishek Sahoo from Cuttack is already famous as an accomplished drummer, actor and social activist. The drumming prodigy came into limelight when he became the first Indian drummer to get selected for Britain’s Got Talent reality show in 2016. But as destiny would have it, Sahoo was unable to arrange funds to travel to London and had to forfeit the show. But he wasn’t broken after the incident. Rather he went ahead and became one of the most accomplished child drummers of the country. He picked up drumming when he was only 3. Inspired after watching renowned percussionist Shivamani play drums on TV, he immediately took to drums. Interestingly, Sahoo learnt drumming by watching online videos only. He has never sought any formal training. Apart from drumming, he has also made a mark as a child actor having already worked for an Odia mega serial and a documentary film. He has also been casted for a Bollywood flick named Love Season which will go on floors soon. Sahoo is active on the social front too. He is associated with a lot of non-profit organisations and works for the underprivileged children. When asked about his future plans, Sahoo sounds extraordinarily ambitious. He says, “I want to be a doctor and the world’s best male drummer.”
by Subhojit Panda