In Photos: Famous Rambo Circus Makes a Comeback After Months of Closure Due to Pandemic

Buzz | News18.com | January 10, 2021, 8:56 pm
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 Rambo Circus, which was forced to close down abruptly last March after a lockdown was announced to curb the coronavirus, reopened in January 2021 on the sector ten ground of Airoli, Mumbai and is currently doing daily shows. It is one of the few circuses in the country that has continued to do business online during the pandemic and opened shows this year. However, the last ten months had been incredibly difficult, and tumultuous for its owner as well as the staff. Photo: Simantini Dey
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Rambo Circus, which was forced to close down abruptly last March after a lockdown was announced to curb the coronavirus, reopened in January 2021 on the sector ten ground of Airoli, Mumbai and is currently doing daily shows. It is one of the few circuses in the country that has continued to do business online during the pandemic and opened shows this year. However, the last ten months had been incredibly difficult, and tumultuous for its owner as well as the staff. Photo: Simantini Dey

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 Biju, the senior clown of Rambo Circus, explained that while circus folk generally ignore the outside world and live happily in their cocoons, with Covid-19 spreading rapidly, it was hard for them not to pay attention to the harsh reality.
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Biju, the senior clown of Rambo Circus, explained that while circus folk generally ignore the outside world and live happily in their cocoons, with Covid-19 spreading rapidly, it was hard for them not to pay attention to the harsh reality. "Many of the younger staff slipped into depression and suffered from acute anxiety during the period. A call from home or television news about rising COVID-19 cases would move them to tears, " recalled Biju. Photo: Simantini Dey

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 As the show reopens, Dilip – the responsible ringmaster of the entire circus company – is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure his staff and his audience's safety. " title=" As the show reopens, Dilip – the responsible ringmaster of the entire circus company – is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure his staff and his audience's safety. "We have kept only 300 seats in an area that can accommodate thousands. We are making sure that the audiences maintain all COVID related protocols. If someone enters without masks, we give them masks to ensure the wellbeing of everyone inside. Our staffs undergo temperature checks daily, and by the grace of God no one has fallen ill in last ten months, "he added. Photo: Simantini Dey
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As the show reopens, Dilip – the responsible ringmaster of the entire circus company – is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure his staff and his audience's safety. "We have kept only 300 seats in an area that can accommodate thousands. We are making sure that the audiences maintain all COVID related protocols. If someone enters without masks, we give them masks to ensure the wellbeing of everyone inside. Our staffs undergo temperature checks daily, and by the grace of God no one has fallen ill in last ten months, "he added. Photo: Simantini Dey

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 One of the ways Rambo Circus stayed afloat during the pandemic was by doing digital shows in collaboration with Bookmyshow. The Rambo Circus' virtual show 'Life Is A Circus' saw over 60,000 people watching it on BookMyShow's online platform in the initial days itself, with a large number of people buying meet and greet experiences as well. Photo: Simantini Dey
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One of the ways Rambo Circus stayed afloat during the pandemic was by doing digital shows in collaboration with Bookmyshow. The Rambo Circus' virtual show 'Life Is A Circus' saw over 60,000 people watching it on BookMyShow's online platform in the initial days itself, with a large number of people buying meet and greet experiences as well. Photo: Simantini Dey

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 In India, the circus is a dying art. The first circus company to tour the country was the Royal Italian Circus in the late 1800s. Since then, the circus business has seen many glory years when the arrival of the caravan of circus performers, trapeze artists, clowns, and wagons of exotic animals would trigger festivities in towns and villages. However, in the past three decades, things have changed drastically, with several circus companies closing down due to lack of funds and no government support, as well as dwindling audiences and patrons. Photo: Simantini Dey
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In India, the circus is a dying art. The first circus company to tour the country was the Royal Italian Circus in the late 1800s. Since then, the circus business has seen many glory years when the arrival of the caravan of circus performers, trapeze artists, clowns, and wagons of exotic animals would trigger festivities in towns and villages. However, in the past three decades, things have changed drastically, with several circus companies closing down due to lack of funds and no government support, as well as dwindling audiences and patrons. Photo: Simantini Dey

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