A 10-year-old yoga champion from Kent has been awarded with the Global Child Prodigy Awards 2020 for his achievements in spreading awareness around Yoga.
Ishwar Sharma was awarded the title of the "British Indian of the Year" under-11 UK national yoga Day out of the 15,000 applicants selected from 45 countries.
Originally from Mysore, Sharma has performed in over 100 events across the UK and worldwide and can chant up to 50 'shlokas' from the 'Vedas' and 'Bhagavad Gita'.
A gold medallist of the Euro Asian Yoga Championships Sharma has now qualified to represent the UK in the World Yoga Championship to be held in Edmonton, Canada, in October 2020. The championship, organised by the International Yoga Sports Federation, will involve participants from across 55 countries.
The Global Child Prodigy Awards are the world’s first initiative honouring 100 child prodigies from more than 45 counties, across 30 different categories like Paleontology, Biking, Choreography, Fitness, Martial Arts, Artists, Musicians, Entrepreneurs among others. The awards were attended by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Kailash Satyarthi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Grammy Awardee, Shri T H Vinayakaram, Founder of KISS, Shri Achyut Samanth, representatives of BigBasket, PayTM among others. Speaking at the event Kailash Satyarthi urged the parents to recognise the potential of their children outside of academia. He said,
“I would request the parents to not be an instructor to your children but to be a guide to them. Parents should adopt the ideology of 3Rs- Recognize, Respect and Reward towards their children instead of the 3I, Imposition, Instruction, and Impeach."
“In childhood, I use to see myself as a child prodigy but didn’t get any platform to excel myself as an author. From this Initiative, Children are the future of the world. It has been observed that only 3% of Child Prodigies can take their talent to the next level and become successful in their domain,” concluded the Co-founder & CEO of the awards, Prashant Pandey