What is a Mela without a clown? After he had worked as an actor, journalist, script-writer and sports teacher, Gunter Bennung, who was born in Berlin, became a New Zealand citizen and is now living in Copenhagen in Denmark. Since 1977 he has been known as Shiven the Clown.
Shiven has been travelling the world as a clown for 33 years. He has been celebrated all over Europe, in Japan, U.S.A., Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand! "The German Festival in India 2000/2001" invited Shiven as an "official ambassador for the children". He has performed in circuses, theatres, art festivals, schools, kindergartens, play centres, hospitals and special schools.
From his first trip to India in 1971 on, Shiven has been fascinated and influenced by this country. Here he decided to follow his inner calling to entertain children as a Clown. His name "Shiven", the one who loves the good, was given to him in India. Shiven is in fact a Clown with a philosopher’s soul, who wants to bring peace and happiness to the world. His show is an education for the heart and the soul.
It's a great pleasure to welcome him at the Indo-German Urban Mela in Chennai.