At the age of five, Panchi Tirki came to Mumbai and got addicted to intoxicants. Earlier, he lived on the premises of the Ranchi railway station with his elder brother as their alcoholic parents had passed away. But with the help of Support, a non-government organisation, which acts as a day care centre, 16-year-old Tirki managed to score 66.4% in his Secondary School Certificate exams.
“I didn’t like it initially in the day care centre. I couldn’t concentrate on studying owing to my addiction. But support and motivation from the members of the group helped me give up my addiction. I then studied and appeared for the exams,” said Tirki.
Tirki, a student of Madhyamik Vidya Mandir, Santacruz, has also developed a passion for dancing. He claims to perform hip-hop, popping and locking and other dances with ease. “After I make my career in an IT firm, I want to take up dancing professionally,” said Tirki.