With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows and a book deal in progress, Charu Sharma is one of India's most promising young achievers. This prodigy was enlisted as a "Power Woman" alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, Melinda Gates and Devita Saraf by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012. She'll be speaking at a TEDx conference in San Diego in January, 2014.
Charu was born on March 24, 1992 in Jaipur, India, to Mrs. Neha Sharma and prominent Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Anil Sharma. When she was 6, her family moved to Mumbai, where she and brother Chinmay became prodigies at a tender age. The sibling duo was awarded the National Bravery Award (2003) by the Indian Prime-Minister and Jeevan Raksha Padak (2003) by the President for fighting with 2 thugs in a train robbery in Mumbai. They went around the capital city of New Delhi in the Republic Day National parade- on an elephant, waving to crowds. Their story was incorporated as a chapter entitled 'Sibling Gallantry' in the 9th grade English text book in Maharashtra.
Charu holds Black-belts in Karate and Taekwondo and represented India at International Taekwondo Championship in Chuncheon, South Korea. She has competed in several sports including volleyball, swimming, track and field, skating, tug-of-war and jump-rope at national and international levels, and has over 1000 prizes in her kitty. She performed her first solo dance at the age of 2, and has since done more than 600 stage shows in dance and theater- winning several 'Best Dancer' and 'Best Actress' titles. She has featured in several talk shows and acted in TV shows.
This all-rounder had an exceptional academic record throughout her schooling. She attended The Blossoms S.T. English School in Mumbai, where she was the School Leader. She was a National Champion in Abacus, and received multiple Gold-medals in National Science Olympiad and National Cyber Olympiad. She scored a whopping 95% in SSC, and studied Science at DG Ruparel Junior College. After passing HSC with distinction and getting perfect test scores, she got into the elite Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA, where she currently studies on a scholarship. She has worked with NASA Scientists, researchers in Antarctica, Wall Street Bankers, Emmy-winning entertainers and top politicians and entrepreneurs around the world.
Charu is a recipient of the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 'Academics' (2009) and 'All-round Fields' (2002), and the FIE Foundation National Award (2006) for 'Sports and Adventure' along with Rani Mukherjee, Ramoji Rao, Anjali Bhagwat, Vithal Kamat and Om Puri.
In her free time, Charu enjoys traveling, adventure sports, philosophy, dancing and writing.