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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.”



           

Help these stranded artists survive this pandemic and help them save the circus.
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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.
1st June 2020


Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for all the support that you have shown toward Great Bombay Circus.  We are humbled. While the coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc in various industries, it has been very harsh on our Artists, the support shown by donors like you gives us a ray of hope. Also, thanks to suggestions from many donors, we have implemented the virtual shows. The details of which are in the image above.

Kindly keep supporting and sharing the campaign. 


Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for all the support that you have shown toward Great Bombay Circus.  We are humbled. While the coronavirus pandemic has wrecked havoc in various industries, it has been very harsh on our Artists, the support shown by donors like you gives us a ray of hope. Also, thanks to suggestions from many donors, we have implemented the virtual shows. The details of which are in the image above.

Kindly keep supporting and sharing the campaign. 
20th May 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support

Many artists in our community whose income depends on gig-to-gig find themselves looking at an empty calendar for the next 3- 4 months (at least). We are grateful for the love and support showed by kind and generous members of our civil society.

The state food minister R. Kamaraj sir arranged provisions for performers and instructed the animal husbandry department to give fodder for the animals. Municipal Commissioner, Collector, Tehsildar, Fire Department of Mannargudi have helped us immensely in the past few weeks. In the last 14 days we have provided continuous food and other essential supplies to our Artists. We have been able to provide 20000+ meals during the last 40 days.

While some of us have been lucky to spend our lockdown in the comfort of being with our families, we have also seen the destitution of the migrant workers.

Seeing the hardships faced by the workers abandoned by their employers, it has only increased our resolve to ensure our family of artists stays together and overcome this enormous challenge.

During one of our conversations with our circus artists, we realized the inherent grit and determination in adversities. Our very own, Mr. Vijay Kumar was injured severely during a live Circus Show of Bike Globe riding. He told us about his experience and how the Circus Management helped with medical aid of more than Rs. 5L which helped him recover from a life-threatening injury. He hopes that Circus can pull through these difficult times & he gets a chance to entertain the crowds again. We are withdrawing around ₹7,00,000 currently to meet some of the expenses.

Below is the monthly expenses, with your help we have been able to cover for the first two months. But the situation demands social distancing and amidst this, we will need to cover for at least next 2 months.


Thank you for your Support

Keep Supporting 


Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your Support

Many artists in our community whose income depends on gig-to-gig find themselves looking at an empty calendar for the next 3- 4 months (at least). We are grateful for the love and support showed by kind and generous members of our civil society.

The state food minister R. Kamaraj sir arranged provisions for performers and instructed the animal husbandry department to give fodder for the animals. Municipal Commissioner, Collector, Tehsildar, Fire Department of Mannargudi have helped us immensely in the past few weeks. In the last 14 days we have provided continuous food and other essential supplies to our Artists. We have been able to provide 20000+ meals during the last 40 days.

While some of us have been lucky to spend our lockdown in the comfort of being with our families, we have also seen the destitution of the migrant workers.

Seeing the hardships faced by the workers abandoned by their employers, it has only increased our resolve to ensure our family of artists stays together and overcome this enormous challenge.

During one of our conversations with our circus artists, we realized the inherent grit and determination in adversities. Our very own, Mr. Vijay Kumar was injured severely during a live Circus Show of Bike Globe riding. He told us about his experience and how the Circus Management helped with medical aid of more than Rs. 5L which helped him recover from a life-threatening injury. He hopes that Circus can pull through these difficult times & he gets a chance to entertain the crowds again. We are withdrawing around ₹7,00,000 currently to meet some of the expenses.

Below is the monthly expenses, with your help we have been able to cover for the first two months. But the situation demands social distancing and amidst this, we will need to cover for at least next 2 months.


Thank you for your Support

Keep Supporting 


Rs.5,241,985 raised

Goal: Rs.8,000,000

4 Days to go

Beneficiary: Great Bombay Ci... info_outline

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Anonymous donated Rs.200
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Neetu donated Rs.100

As a kid I would often visit Bombay Circus! While I may not be in a position to pay more, it would be nice to feel that I could help!

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Shreyasi donated Rs.1,000
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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
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Anonymous donated Rs.500