Twelve-year-old Burma Tarun is a world champion. Well, he may not have set the stage on fire in a more glamour event but scripted his own piece of history when he clinched gold in yogasana and two bronze artistic category in the Moscow World Yoga Championship recently.
This seventh standard student of DRS International School (Medchal) has taken up to picking up basics in yoga only about 18 months ago.
But that Tarun is already a familiar name in the circuit both at home and abroad now is a tribute to his efficacy as one of the fastest learners in the art of scaling new summits.
Coached by Manohar in the DRS School and at home by Venkatesham and Ganesh, what separates Tarun from the rest of the crowd is his intense desire to dream big and keep improving.
Ever since he won a gold in the Inter-district meet in Uppal last year, Tarun, who is grateful to his parents Burma Chakrapani and Burma Vidyapani for their unstinted support, this young champion has been making a steady progress.
His maiden foray in the National championship in Dharmastala (Karnataka) was pretty decent having finished a creditable sixth in the overall standings.
Soon, Tarun took part in the International Yogasana in Benguluru and won five medals in five different categories.
Not surprisingly, this young Hyderabadi entered the Indian Book of Records when he performed 80 yogasanas in just 12 minutes.
With consistent performances in a sport which rarely gets its due, Tarun decided to embark on his own route of destiny and made a big impact in the second Asian Yoga championship at Saroornagar Indoor Stadium last September where is got a silver.
A performance which lifted his confidence level and now saw Tarun reach the pinnacle in the world championship.
“I am delighted with my performance. I was confident of putting up a creditable show but not certainly winning the gold,” says Tarun even as he reminds that he continues to set new targets and work diligently to keep winning medals at the highest level.
V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM