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After school

From walking the ramp to performing at Bihu functions, this little girl has done it all

Maria’s Public School, Birkuchi, Class I

B. Palkee

She is only seven but B. Palkee has danced Bihu on stage, walked the ramp in kids’ fashion shows and has been learning Kathak over the past couple of years.

“It all started two years ago at a personality development camp when designer-choreographer Prasantt Ghosh spotted a special talent in her — that she could walk the ramp with the right attitude. While her first appearance was at a kids’ summer wear show at a local television channel’s studio, her real test came at an event, Peace Cute Walk, on Independence Day last year. Subsequently, she took part in kids’ walk-the-ramp rounds at South Point School and Sankaradeva Kalakshetra," her mother, S.K. Priyanka, an entrepreneur, said. The little girl is already a Kathak dancer in her own right.

“She is learning the classical dance under Marami Medhi and is about to complete two years. Her sessions are scheduled on weekends at Sur Sangam, Rajgarh. Despite not attending classes regularly, her teacher says, she has picked the art pretty fast, having even taken part in the school's annual day function. This year, however, she has been attending her classes regularly," Priyanka, who lives near AIDC on RG Baruah Road, said.

As a two-and-a-half year-old also, Palkee had impressed a Bihu husori group at Lakhimpur. “We were awe-struck when she danced Bihu along with a husori group in Lakhimpur. That was about five years back and members of the group even showered their blessings on her. She first danced Bihu on stage at a pandal in Khetri. She was barely four then and received her first cash award of Rs 15 from an elderly gentleman. The two incidents took us by surprise and we decided to groom her as a Bihu dancer,” Priyanka recalled.

Palkee undertook a four-month training, from February to May, in Bihu this year under Raju Baruah and Bolin Bora.

“She learnt the ropes quickly, prompting her teachers to elevate her to the senior group. She has since danced solo at Rajgarh Bihutoli, Chandmari, Khanapara and Barsapara during Rongali Bihu and Bohagi Bidai functions,” Priyanka said.

If this wasn’t enough, Palkee wants to be a singer as well. “I want to learn singing too,” the soft-spoken girl, who loves watching Barbie, Chhota Bheem and Mr Bean, said.

“We will take a call on this wish next year. As of now, we do not want to put too much pressure on her. But we have noticed that she wants to be a little different, be it while walking the ramp or while tapping her feet on the dance floor. She has learnt to carry herself well too,” her mother said.

“Palkee also loves her taekwondo and yoga classes in school,” she added.

hello doctor

Dr Mridu P. Borah, paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist with Pratiksha
Hospital, speaks about the symptoms and treatment of febrile convulsions

A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure that occurs in children when they have a sudden rise in body temperature. The fever is usually due to a viral illness or, sometimes, a bacterial infection. The growing brain of a child is more sensitive to fever than an adult brain.

Febrile convulsions tend to run in families, although the reason for this is unknown. It can happen in children aged six months to six years. One in every 20 children may have one or more febrile convulsions.

A febrile convulsion, however, is not epilepsy and does not cause brain damage.

Symptoms

Loss of consciousness, twitching or jerking of arms and legs, difficulty in breathing, foaming at the mouth, a change in skin colour and rolling-up of eyes, among others, are symptoms of febrile convulsions.

A child may lose consciousness and take 10 to 15 minutes to wake up. He/she may become irritable during this time and not recognise people.

The fit can last a few seconds or up to 15 minutes and is followed by drowsiness. Most fits last less than two to three minutes.

Treatment

Fever is a normal response to infection.

A child with fever has to be given plenty of liquid to drink. If he or she runs a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, an appropriate dose of paracetamol should be administered.

The child should be attired in light and comfortable clothes. The room temperature has to be kept cool as well.