Seventy-two-year-old Dangi is welcomed like an international superstar in Sydney, Australia, having lived a hard life in rural Nepal until he was recently found to be the world’s shortest living man.
At about 7pm on Sunday 13 May 2012, Dangi finally cleared immigration and customs and entered the arrivals area at Sydney International Airport, where he was greeted with a huge, warm welcome from fans, wearing “I’ve Got Dangi Fever” T-shirts, who had been bussed in by Nova FM, as well as others at the airport that had got word of his imminent arrival.
Fitzy and Wippa from Nova FM were dressed in a traditional Australian bushman’s outfit and Emma Woodward, Sydney’s tallest woman at 194cms and a second very tall woman, were there with a ‘Tall People Love Dangi’ sign.
Fans before the arrival of Dangi at Sydney International Airport.
As people caught the first glimpse of him there were cries of “Dangi!” and comments like “He’s so cute!”
Dangi seemed a bit overwhelmed by his newfound superstar status. However, the content expression on his face gave the impression that he would soon get used to it.
Having found it difficult to make friends with girls due to his lack of height, he now had throngs of attractive young Aussie admirers screaming and chasing after him as he made his way through the arrivals area to the media room, carried on the back of his nephew, Dolakh Dangi.
Dangi was wearing a traditional Nepalese hat and underneath his shirt he was wearing an Italy soccer T-shirt, perhaps given to him went he visited the country – the only other time he has ever been outside of Nepal.
Chris Sioris, Publicity Director at Nova FM radio station informed Digital Journal that they had brought Dangi, his nephew Dolakh and friend/translator Sid Lama to Australia and were making a donation to help his village, located about 400kms from Kathmandu.
Dangi’s schedule includes the Sydney Wildlife Park at Darling Harbour, meeting the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL team and Bondi Beach.
Speaking through his translator, Dangi said that he had had a good flight and wasn’t really expecting the reaction that he got on his arrival. He hopes to roam around Sydney and see what he can see.
A report in the Daily Mail explains that on Sunday, 26 February 2012, Guinness World Records presented Chandra Bahadur Dangi with two certificates: for being the world’s shortest living man and the world’s shortest person ever recorded in Guiness’ 57-year history.
Dangi’s height has been officially measured and recorded at 21.5 inches (54.6 centimetres).