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Snippets Prabath Saranga loved playing with his grandmom’s hair as a child
Snippets Prabath Saranga loved playing with his grandmom’s hair as a child

Prabath Saranga loves the positive energy in the city

Prabath Saranga came to Bangalore “five years ago for a shoot. It was January and was cold. I come from hot and humid Colombo and I thought to myself, oh my god! the weather is wonderful!”

The extremely-talented stylist of Salon Nayana exclaims loved the street food as well. “I went with my friends to Viveknagar. There was the most amazing kebabs being served on the street. My shoot was over in a week. When I returned to Colombo, I told Nayana (the owner of Salon Nayana) I want to go to Bangalore.”

The celebrity stylist’s wishes came true when Salon Nayana was set up in the city six months later. And since then Prabath calls the city home. “We get a month’s leave. But after two weeks at home, I want to come back here. Everything is here for me. The energy in the city is exhilarating. If ever I am feeling tired or weary, I just have to step out onto the streets and I am all charged up.”

The 25-year-old says: “I was always into beautiful things and not guns and trucks. As a child I loved to play with my grandmother’s hair. My mother would not allow me to touch her hair. So I would comb my grandmother’s hair and she found it soothing.” Prabath started working immediately after his O levels. “Salon Nayana was my first job.”

Prabath, who counts cricketer Dhoni and actor Abhishek Bachchan among his clients, says in the five years he has been here, “Bangalore has changed big time. The road in front of Forum Mall for instance has changed radically.”

The ever-smiling Prabath admits to missing his family and home-cooked food. “I am a good cook so I rustle up Sri Lankan delicacies at home. My mum sends all the special spices and masalas and I ask anyone coming from Sri Lanka to get me tinned food and tea.”

And he does not miss the sea. “I grew up by the sea! If I want a feel of the seaside, I can just go to Goa or Pondicherry right?”

Prabath, who recently won the gold medal for ladies full fashion as well as the bronze in the senior ladies fashion category in the Asia Zone of World Federation of Hairdressers held in Hong Kong, says people in Bangalore “respect your opinion rather than tell you what to do.”

He would not want anything changed in Bangalore, but press him and he says: “Maybe the city should become a little bit more organised and of course the traffic situation could be bettered a bit.”

Salon Nayana Indiranagar is at 3527, I Cross, I Main Indiranagar. Call 32406806 or 41525875.





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