The life of an armed forces personnel is filled with discipline. Many people visualize such personnel as strong, disciplined and lacking a sense of humor.
However, one former Indian naval officer has decided to break the stereotype for a good cause. Pravin Tulpule has hung his crisp white uniform to don a more colorful uniform. He has decided to become a clown, visiting children’s hospitals and making sick children laugh.
Tulpule decided to pursue this profession after one of the girls he had performed for died of cancer a few years back. Since then, he has been making life funnier for children with cancer.
He performs magic tricks and silly jokes to bring smiles on the faces of terminally-ill children, battling pain and sickness in hospitals in Mumbai. Tulpule revealed that he ended his military career of 17 years in the year 2000 and since has been performing as a clown. The navy and his family have extended their support for this beautiful clause.
Known as Happy Uncle, Tulpule has performed in more than 4000 shows and has also been featured in the Bajaj series, “Invincible Indians”. A communications specialist with the Navy, Tulpule first realized his passion for magic when he received a deck of cards in 1973-74.
Tulpule also visits orphanages and shelters for children and performs for free. He earns his living from the commercial shows that he regularly does. Tulpule has also successfully run several campaigns in schools and anganwadis to teach good habits to children.
Tulpule believes that he is “happy fooling” — making people happy while they are getting fooled with his deft magic tricks.