• Meditation Teacher
|Famous Role||"Krishna/Vishnu" in Ramanand Sagar's "Krishna" (1993)
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’
|Debut||Sanskrit Film: Adi Shankaracharya (1983) as "Adi Shankara"
Telugu Film: Shri Datta Darshanam (1985) as "Sridatta"
Hindi Film: M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2015) as Dhoni’s coach “Chanchal"
TV: Krishna (1993) as "Krishna/Vishnu"
|Date of Birth||14 March 1965 (Sunday)|
|Age (as in 2020)||55 Years|
|Birthplace||Magarwara village, Unnao, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Unnao, Uttar Pradesh|
|School||St. Aloysius School, Kanpur|
|College||Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune|
|Caste||Bengali Brahmin Wikipedia|
|Hobbies||Doing Yoga and Meditation, Travelling|
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Alankrita Banerjee (Meditation Teacher)
|Parents||Names Not Known
|Siblings||Brother- Not Known
|Beverage||Lemon Ginger Honey|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sarvadaman D. Banerjee
- Sarvadaman D. Banerjee is an Indian actor who played the role of Krishna in Ramanand Sagar‘s popular television show “Krishna” (1993). He has also worked in the Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil cinemas.
- He was born into an affluent Bengali Brahmin family and was oriented towards spirituality since childhood.
- After graduating from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), he made his acting debut with the Sanskrit language film “Adi Shankaracharya” directed by G. V. Iyer. The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The Times of India
- After making his Telugu debut with the film “Shri Datta Darshanam” (1985), he went on to appear in a few more Telugu films, including Sirivennela (1986) and Swayam Krushi (1987).
- Sarvadaman D. Banerjee became a household name after playing the role of Krishna in Ramanand Sagar‘s epic mythological television show Krishna (1993). In an interview, he shared the moment when Ramanand Sagar offered him the role of Krishna, he said,
I entered and a stack of papers was handed over to me saying, ‘These are your dialogues…’ I tried to run away, but then Ramanand Sagar turned up and the rest is history.”
- After doing Krishna, Banerjee rocketed to fame and people started touching his feet wherever he would go; considering him as the real Lord Krishna. About the popularity of the show, Sarvadaman says,
The show that went on-air post the cult series, Ramayana, was initially supposed to run for 2-3 years. And it ran for 10 years! I shot the entire serial in a state of meditation. I signed the show in 1990 and by 1994, with the rising popularity of the show, I felt that an atom bomb had fallen into my bedroom.”
- Krishna proved to be his last success on television; as he didn’t get much work after that; keeping aside a few more mythological shows, such as Jai Ganga Maiya (2001) and Om Namah Shivay (2005). While talking about an instance when he asked Ramanand Sagar for work, he said,
After a few years of shooting Shri Krishna, I once asked Sagar: When will you direct me? He said: Whenever I see you, I see the supreme, so I just end up folding my hands. There’s isn’t a better compliment that a director can give.”
- After leaving the television, Sarvadaman D. Banerjee started his dream project – a meditation centre called “Light House” in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand where Sarvadaman, along with his wife Alankrita, teaches yoga and meditation. While talking about it, he says,
When I was doing Krishna, I decided to work till the age of 45-57 and thereafter, I would get myself connected with nature and then I got meditation, and I have been doing that for many years.” Amar Ujala
- Interestingly, Sarvadaman D. Banerjee didn’t see his television show “Krishna” for a long time. He revealed the fact in an interview and said,
I have not seen the show till date.” Hindustan Times
- According to Sarvadaman, initially, he was reluctant to play the role of Krishna. He says,
I never wanted to do TV. I was working in films because a single shot in a film stays for 100 years. Then, Ramanand Sagar called me. I knew this invitation would offer me a role in TV and thus I didn’t want to go. I believed TV isn’t an art; even today it isn’t one.”
- Reportedly, Sarvadaman D. Banerjee and Nitish Bharadwaj (who portrayed Krishna in B. R. Chopra’s Mahabharat) were never on good terms, and they would often criticise each other’s work. The Lallantop
- Sarvadaman D. Banerjee, along with his wife Alankrita Banerjee, supports an NGO called “Pankh.” This NGO works for the education of slum children and betterment of underprivileged women of Uttarakhand.
- He is an adventure and nature lover person and often takes time to experience outdoor activities, like hiking, trekking, and skiing.
- He is a compassionate animal lover and has worked a lot for the care of stray dogs.
- When it comes to environment protection, Sarvadaman never lags behind and along with his wife, he often takes part in various environmental activities, such as tree plantation.
- Apart from owning a meditation centre in Rishikesh, Sarvadaman also owns a house in Dehradun where he often pays a visit.
- He is very particular about his fitness and often sweats in the gym.
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