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Save The Great Bombay Circus From Shutting Down Forever



The Great Bombay Circus, India’s oldest circus, marks its centenary this year, having entertained people since the 1920s. But it may also be the last year having been severely affected by the lockdown due to Coronavirus.



The oldest circus company in India — may indeed be on its last legs. They were performing in Tamil Nadu until early February, when they noticed the number of people in the audience drastically reducing. That’s when the Coronavirus precautionary measures were imposed, and the circus had to stop their shows.



“It's been more than a month and half since the shows have been stopped. Our Boss has paid us our salaries and been able to feed us so far, but he’s also running dry now and is not being able to afford to provide us with food and shelter, with the circus being shut for so long.” 



Around 150-200 staff members of the Great Bombay Circus, along with several animals, are stuck ever since the lockdown, in Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu where they last performed.

“We couldn’t go back home, and now our owner is also finding it difficult to provide for us. If we don’t get any help now, this circus might have to shut down forever. What will we do?”

                             

Tulsi Das Choudary, one of the oldest members in the troupe, has been working with them for the last 61 years now. He’s survived 2 cancers and wants to keep performing with the troupe till he dies.

“This is where I have earned respect and been loved since childhood, the circus is our home. Till today we have provided entertainment for you and your children, if you don’t help us now, our owner might not be able to support us anymore, and this circus, our home, might have to be shut down forever. Please help us, we’re at your mercy.”



           

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17th November 2020

Dear supporters,

Hope you are all doing well.

Greetings from Great Bombay Circus


This is KM SANJEEV, the owner of your favorite Great Bombay Circus. I wish to share a small video update with you kind people, whoever have contributed to our campaign and supported has during the hardest times ever seen by us.

The group with its artists and staff are currently stationed at
Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu. There are a total of 85 people in our team. The funds so graciously donated by you are withdrawn to my bank account (KM SANJEEV). The funds that are yet to be withdrawn will be used for food, shelter and basic health hygiene expenses of the artists and the supporting staff. The money raised through this campaign has helped us sustain and maintain regular supply of basic provisions including food, shelter, and the basic salaries for the staff.

We were hopeful that the circus industry will soon get the opportunity to start conducting and performing in shows but because of the pandemic our hopes are still bleak. We hope for the best and pray that things get back to normal really soon. Thank you so much, all of you. Hadn't we received your help and love, we would not be able to sustain for so long, when the entire world had been grappling with dire circumstances.

Warmest regards,
KM SANJEEV
Great Bombay Circus

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Dear supporters,

Hope you are all doing well.

Greetings from Great Bombay Circus


This is KM SANJEEV, the owner of your favorite Great Bombay Circus. I wish to share a small video update with you kind people, whoever have contributed to our campaign and supported has during the hardest times ever seen by us.

The group with its artists and staff are currently stationed at
Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu. There are a total of 85 people in our team. The funds so graciously donated by you are withdrawn to my bank account (KM SANJEEV). The funds that are yet to be withdrawn will be used for food, shelter and basic health hygiene expenses of the artists and the supporting staff. The money raised through this campaign has helped us sustain and maintain regular supply of basic provisions including food, shelter, and the basic salaries for the staff.

We were hopeful that the circus industry will soon get the opportunity to start conducting and performing in shows but because of the pandemic our hopes are still bleak. We hope for the best and pray that things get back to normal really soon. Thank you so much, all of you. Hadn't we received your help and love, we would not be able to sustain for so long, when the entire world had been grappling with dire circumstances.

Warmest regards,
KM SANJEEV
Great Bombay Circus

Keep Supporting
 
29th September 2020

Dear Donors,

Thank you for your support.

Your contribution has helped us strengthen our fight against hunger, loss of livelihood, and the challenges ahead for the circus industry. We will keep you posted with detailed updates on how we move forth. The current funds are being withdrawn for the food and daily living expenses of the artists.

Looking forward to your continued support!

Dear Donors,

Thank you for your support.

Your contribution has helped us strengthen our fight against hunger, loss of livelihood, and the challenges ahead for the circus industry. We will keep you posted with detailed updates on how we move forth. The current funds are being withdrawn for the food and daily living expenses of the artists.

Looking forward to your continued support!
9th July 2020
We are determined to support our circus artists and staff till the last mile but cannot do it without your support. The Great Bombay Circus has a 100 year old tradition of spreading smiles across India, we have done so in a self sustainable manner but in the last few years we have endured many challenges. You can read more about this here: https://www.andrewwhitehead.net/blog/4-chennai-the-once-great-bombay-circus

The heart-breaking part is that inspite of all these challenges we kept marching on & then the pandemic hit us. We do not expect any shows to open till September /October.This leaves us with zero income. Even when it will open we are completely aware that crowds will be reluctant to come in the usual numbers due to the fear of Corona Virus spreading. We expect a sales will drop by at least 80%. Our artists have given their heart, soul and their best efforts to keep this tradition and culture alive. We want to ensure that it never comes down to the fact that we may have to shut down the circus and need your support to protect their dreams.
We are determined to support our circus artists and staff till the last mile but cannot do it without your support. The Great Bombay Circus has a 100 year old tradition of spreading smiles across India, we have done so in a self sustainable manner but in the last few years we have endured many challenges. You can read more about this here: https://www.andrewwhitehead.net/blog/4-chennai-the-once-great-bombay-circus

The heart-breaking part is that inspite of all these challenges we kept marching on & then the pandemic hit us. We do not expect any shows to open till September /October.This leaves us with zero income. Even when it will open we are completely aware that crowds will be reluctant to come in the usual numbers due to the fear of Corona Virus spreading. We expect a sales will drop by at least 80%. Our artists have given their heart, soul and their best efforts to keep this tradition and culture alive. We want to ensure that it never comes down to the fact that we may have to shut down the circus and need your support to protect their dreams.
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