Chandra Bahadur Dangi appeared on the Nova FM breakfast show, in the morning of Friday, 18 May 2012.
At 7:45am Dangi was brought out to the wonder and amazement of those who had come to see him. He was transported, as usual in a carrier, on the back of his nephew Dolakh, with a Nova FM employee walking beside them, holding a large Nepalese flag.
Dangi, his nephew Dolakh and his translator Sid were brought up onto a specially prepared stage at the Opera Bar, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop. Dangi’s two Guinness World Record certificates were propped against a small table on the stage. One is for being the world’s shortest living person and the other is for being the shortest person ever recorded in Guinness’ fifty-seven-year history.
Dangi was asked what he had enjoyed most about his trip to Sydney. He said that he liked the fish and animals he had seen and also going up the Sydney Tower Eye. It was the first time in his life that he had ever seen most of the animals.
Fans queue to have their photo taken with Dangi
Dangi posed with fans that had queued to get their photo taken with him.
He was wrapped up in a red blanket to keep him warm as, although it was a sunny day with a top of 21 degrees Celsius, it was still a bit fresh at that time of the morning and there was a bit of a breeze being on the harbour.
There was a break in the photo shoots with Dangi and he was taken back to the main stage area. He was then presented with a life-size model of himself in the form of a cake. Dangi seemed a bit unsure about what it was. He had to be informed through his translator what a cake was, as he had obviously never come across one before in his remote Nepalese village.
Fitzy from Nova FM then presented Dangi with a cheque for $5,000 as a donation to his village. They should all be able to buy a new iPhone now!
School children come to see Dangi
At about 9am, just as Dangi was finishing up, a large number of enthusiastic school children turned up on the level above the Opera Bar to see Dangi. Dangi waved at them.
After being made an honorary member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL team
, Dangi visited Taronga Zoo and Balmoral beach, where he ate a whole fish.
He has had a busy schedule since his first public appearance on arrival at Sydney International Airport
on Sunday evening.
Better late than never
A Nepalese lady asked Dolakh why his uncle had only just been discovered as the shortest man in the world? Apparently, they did not know about the Guinness Book of Records.
A Nepalese man, from Kathmandu, who is friends with Sid Lama, explained that Dolakh had said that although they had thought for some time that he could be the shortest man in the world, the procedure for getting him officially recognised was not clear to them.
The Chandra Dangi website
gives Dangi’s date of birth as 30 November 1939. He came to the attention of local media after a ‘wood contractor’ saw him in his village. His height was measured three times in 24 hours, before he was confirmed to be the shortest man in the world. It says that he no longer has any wish to get married.
Neither Chandra Bahadur Dangi, nor his nephew, Dolakh Dangi speaks English. They are accompanied by friend/translator Sid Lama.
Dangi’s life in Nepal
Dolakh told Digital Journal, through a translator, that, although Dangi is seventy-two-years-old and has done so much in his five days in Sydney, it had been quite easy for him, as he is used to having to work very hard back in Nepal. His house has no electricity, but has a type of solar power. They have a satellite telephone, as there is no mobile coverage where he lives.
Sid Lama told Digital Journal that they were not too sure where Dangi would be heading to yet at this stage, but there was the possibility of Cuba.