Circus artists walk tightrope during coronavirus lockdown
Kayamkulam (Alappuzha): The circus artists were always busy entertaining others while keeping their hardships to themselves. But during the coronavirus outbreak, they are not able to make other people happy and hide their own struggles. The life of about 120 artists in the Jumbo Circus team at Kayamakulam is an example of the ordeals suffered by circus artists.
As the coronavirus spread started, they had to stop circus shows within four days of arriving here. Also their income was affected with this move. All of them are from different places and are now stuck in the camp with nowhere else to go.
At least Rs 10,000 is required to meet food expenses on a single day. Now the company owner takes care of the costs. Apart from the artists, the birds and animls in the camp also need to be fed daily, said circus company manager Syed Mohanan. The artists are spending the day inside the camp.
Minister G Sudhakaran had directed the district administration to provide food for the circus artists one week ago. But apart from the food given by two NGOs, nobody offered any assistance. The circus artists are unable to survive if the condition persists. Those who once entertained the masses are now seeking some help from kind souls.