Tyrannosaurus is awesome ...Meet little Sathvik who loves dinosaurs
Can you spell Acrocanthosaurus by heart? You may not. But Sathvik Karolil Anand, a 7-year-old Kerala boy based in the US can spell the names of 101 dinosaurs. Interestingly, he not only knows the names but also can explain details about each dinosaur including its diet and other features. This little genius has entered India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records with his unique hobby. Sathvik is son of Anand, a native of Thrissur and Shilpa, a native of Thripunithura, who is settled in the US for the past 3 years.
Little Sathvik has been sharing his knowledge on dinosaurs with his YouTube channel ‘Satvi’s Fun club’. He is one of the youngest YouTubers. Sathvik's love for dinosaurs has made him set records by identifying 101 dinosaurs along with their diets and features within 3 minutes and 36 seconds at the age of 6 years.
Curious learner, love for reading
Triceratops is his favourite Dinosaur. Because this dinosaur has two horns on top of its eyes and one tiny one on the nose. Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor and Apatosaurus are some of the Dinosaurs which the little Dinosaur expert covered in his videos.
Talking to mathrubhumi.com, Sathvik's mom Shilpa opened up that Sathvik acquired his knowledge of dinosaurs by reading books.
"He is very curious about Dinosaurs. I encouraged him to read more books on dinosaurs. And whenever he learns something new from a book, he used to share it with me. So, I used to keep him engaged on books. Interestingly, it worked out well and we started shooting videos and later created the YouTube channel. Actually, we captured the videos just for fun and memory sake. Usually, we didn't make any preparations before shooting the videos. He just causally presents what he knows about the subject," says Shilpa.
He has three books on dinosaurs for reference: National Geographic’s 'Little Kids’ First Big Book of Dinosaurs', 'My Giant Fold-Out Book of Dinosaurs' by Roger Priddy and DK’s 'First Dinosaur Encyclopedia'. Sathvik also holds a collection of dinosaur toys.
Communication skills as a YouTuber
This little boy has got amazing communication skills. Without any inhibition, he just nailed the presentation in each video. When we watch his videos, we will automatically get interested to learn more about dinosaurs. We will get surprised by the way the little one pronounces over 15 letters-long names of dinosaurs.
At the age of 6, he took the challenge of teaching 101 dinosaurs through his YouTube channel on the occasion of national dinosaur day.
"When he was studying in Kindergarten, he made a PowerPoint presentation on fossils at school. I think it boosted his confidence as he felt proud of teaching his classmates. But schools here never honour a child in assembly or other functions for achievements like entering the Asia Book of Records. Because it will embarrass other students and their parents. And I think, it’s a good policy. No kid is treated as a wonder kid here. Everyone is encouraged as per their potential,” Shilpa pointed out.
Kerala boy in US TV channel show
Sathvik is one among the two kids from Kerala who turned a guest in ‘Ellen Show’, a popular programme aired on NBC.
“Ellen Show was a challenge for Sathvik. Because the show producers wanted to make him identify different pics of dinosaurs that are not used in his videos. But he easily cracked it as he knew the features of all the 101 dinosaurs rather than spotting a particular pic. He was very comfortable with the show,” Shilpa explained.
Super cool parents
Sathvik's skills prove that good parenting can do wonders. His parents never force him to be a topper. They have been supporting him by providing the facilities which keep him engaged and curious to learn his interesting subjects.
"Neither me nor my husband tell him to be a topper. We are just owed to support him by providing all the facilities according to our financial capability. If I force him to study and slam the door in anger, he may keep silently looking into the book. But he won’t be able to study. So, we just let him study according to his capability,” says Sathvik’s mother.
Apart from knowledge of dinosaurs, Sathvik is good in academics too. Now, at the age of 7, he knows multiplication tables from 1 to 5. He is also interested in playing the keyboard.
Sathvik’s parents Shilpa and Anand are engineers in the US.