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On a bed of broken glasses

ACHIEVER: Sagar being fed with water by his mother, Sunitha, while he lies on a bed of glass pieces, at Panambur beach in Mangalore on Sunday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj

ACHIEVER: Sagar being fed with water by his mother, Sunitha, while he lies on a bed of glass pieces, at Panambur beach in Mangalore on Sunday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj  

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: It was a bruising and painful way to accomplish a feat for the 20-year-old Sagar, who slept in a glass coffin filled with broken glass pieces on Panambur beach here on Sunday.

Sagar, an alumnus of St. Aloysius College, braved the pain in performing the glass stunt by lying in a transparent coffin for three hours and five minutes. His feat was witnessed by a large number of people, who had gathered there, particularly for the event. His friends placed the broken glass pieces at the bottom of the coffin, which was placed on an elevated platform. People had a clear view of the exhibition. Sagar subsequently got into the coffin in his trunks and a monkey cap for protective gear. He covered his eyes with a small towel. Friends wearing rubber gloves used sledgehammers to break the glass into pieces and covered him with them. Watching him from close quarters were Sunitha, his mother, Shilpa, elder sister and Sadashiva Amin, his grandfather. Ms. Sunitha kept on feeding Sagar with tiny sips of water at regular intervals to ensure that he did not pass out owing to fatigue and pain. The feat ended at 6.50 p.m. Sagar, who is undergoing a course in animation and graphics design, said he was inspired by illusionists such as David Blaine and Criss Angel. “The glass stunt is a very painful experience,” he added. A little groggy after having endured the jagged edges of the glass pieces for more than three hours, Sagar headed for home for the much needed rest and attention.

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