- Kannada-boy Saravana’s invisible trick has won the hearts on Indians
- From Superstar Rajinikanth to sizzling Malaika Arora, Saravana has amazed many
- His Hollow Man act has made him travel many parts of the world, making the state proud
Saravana Dhanapal is India’s ‘Hollow Man’ who won thousands of hearts and that even left Superstar Rajinikanth surprised. Amazed by his invisible trick, Thalaiva himself invited him home for a cup of tea.
Saravana became popular after performing at the India’s Got Talent show. To start with, his rare talent brought him to the finals of the reality show in one of the Kannada channels giving him the much-needed fame.
His mother sold bananas on the bamboo basket. With the meagre money earned, she supported Saravana’s creative skills including learning African drums, fire act, balloon act and invisible acts.
He studied at a government school and enrolled himself in the theatre course. His passion for redefining art started then. Later, in 2000 he formed Agnii- a cultural organisation. He started experimenting with various art forms like fire dance, playing Djembe –an African percussion instrument.
As his acts became popular, he tried at reality shows in the national television. With his spring act, he bowled over Bollywood personalities like Vidya Balan, Farah Khan and Anu Malik at Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega programme on Sony TV in 2012. In 2015, he surprised Ranveer Singh, Kirron Kher, Karan Johar, Malaika Arora Khan at India's Got Talent with his Balloon act and special puppet act.
He also performed his hollow man act, a dance trick which impressed the judges. He came up to semi-finals in India’s Got Talent.
Appreciating the Karnataka boy’s efforts, the BBMP honoured with Kempe Gowda Award in 2015.
Saravana also took part in Asia's Got Talent and displayed his balloon act skills.
“Each act is performed after preparation of one year. Trial and error method costs me at least one lakh and then comes the result,” he said.
Another side of the artiste:
He is also a social activist who went to Spain on youth exchange programme sponsored by the European Union to serve the HIV patients for three months. In 2008, he cycled to India-Pakistan border to spread the message of peace.
"Apart from my mother who used to sell bananas on the street and raised me, I should thank the International Cultural Dialogue Exchange and the Bornfree organisation that arranged and sponsored my travel to places to showcase my talent. I have visited the US, Poland, Malaysia, Amsterdam, London, Japan and Germany so far and now I aim to put up a dedicated culture centre Bengaluru," he said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:31 PM IST