Srikanta Barefoot was hired by Cirque du Soleil in the Summer of 2007 to be the featured fire artist, fire coach and to play the character of the Shaman for what was to become ZAIA, Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show in Asia. Over the course of the next 3 years, Srikanta worked to create, maintain and star in the most elaborate fire dance production Cirque du Soleil has ever made. He is no longer employed with the company. 
Srikanta Barefoot's audition in Episode 1303 consisted of spinning around on a Cyr wheel that was lit on fire. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes", sending him to the Judge Cuts.
Srikanta Barefoot confirmed that he did not make the Top 72 shortlist.