Whenever we hear about monsters, terrible thoughts start knocking on our door. Isn’t it? But today, we will tell you about a monster you will end up loving. Indeed good monsters do exist. Ravi Katpadi, a 37-year old construction worker who only has one dream- ‘to help needy people’.
Ravi belongs to Udupi, a city in Karnataka. Apart from being a construction worker, he is a member of a group of artists who appear in various roles on different festivals. Although he has dressed as several characters for more than a decade, he initiated collecting funds for the needy people in 2013.
In the last 8 years, he has donated more than Rs. 52 Lakh to 28 ailing children suffering from heart diseases, eye problems, cancer, and skin diseases. His daily wages are approx Rs. 450-550 per day. According to him, he has seen a lot of hardship during his childhood. He doesn’t want anyone to go through such struggles.
Notably, he has also been rewarded with various awards for his social work and contribution to society. Several NGOs and foundations have also helped him with crowdfunding. The famous crowdfunding platform- Milaap has featured a documentary on Ravi titled ‘Ravi Katpadi: A kind-hearted monster’. The documentary received funds worth Rs. 16,80,000.
It takes him 24 hours to get ready for one character. Due to heavy costumes and makeup, he finds it difficult to eat anything during the event. Even his skin develops rashes at times due to the use of oil paint on the body. But he bears all the pain happily to help the children who are suffering.
Every year he dresses selflessly as unique monsters and aliens to entertain people and collect funds. He has proved that humanity still exists. Ain’t he the most generous monster of our generation?