Photos: Locals in Navi Mumbai come to circus troupe’s aid amid lockdown

The Rambo Circus troupe came to Navi Mumbai in February to entertain the people of Airoli and is now indebted to them for helping out during the coronavirus crisis. The lockdown stalled the fun and games, and special measures were taken to keep the 90 member circus troupe safe during the pandemic. From 300 circus companies a few decades ago, barely 10 or 11 have survived. Rambo Circus manager Biju Nair, who feels indebted to the locals of Airoli, has made them a solemn promise--a free show on the other side of the lockdown.

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A view of Rambo Circus which shut down due to the lockdown following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Airoli, in Navi Mumbai, on June 25. The gates are padlocked, the once vibrant striped yellow and blue big top is faded and sagging and the carousel with its dancing horses has long stopped. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A view of Rambo Circus which shut down due to the lockdown following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Airoli, in Navi Mumbai, on June 25. The gates are padlocked, the once vibrant striped yellow and blue big top is faded and sagging and the carousel with its dancing horses has long stopped. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A view of tents set up by the crew of Rambo Circus at Airoli in Navi Mumbai. The circus came to town in February to entertain the people of Airoli locality and is now indebted to them for helping out during the coronavirus crisis when the lockdown stalled the fun and games, Rambo Circus manager Biju Nair told PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A view of tents set up by the crew of Rambo Circus at Airoli in Navi Mumbai. The circus came to town in February to entertain the people of Airoli locality and is now indebted to them for helping out during the coronavirus crisis when the lockdown stalled the fun and games, Rambo Circus manager Biju Nair told PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A circus troupe member seen inside his tent. The nationwide lockdown to curtail the spread of COVID-19 started on March 25, but the show had stopped even before that with fear of the disease keeping audiences away. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A circus troupe member seen inside his tent. The nationwide lockdown to curtail the spread of COVID-19 started on March 25, but the show had stopped even before that with fear of the disease keeping audiences away. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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Circus dogs seen inside a cage at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. Four months on, Nair said he can’t thank the locals enough. When he came and set up camp in Airoli with his 90-member troupe, including artistes and circus technicians, 14 canines and one pony, they didn’t know anyone. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

Circus dogs seen inside a cage at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. Four months on, Nair said he can’t thank the locals enough. When he came and set up camp in Airoli with his 90-member troupe, including artistes and circus technicians, 14 canines and one pony, they didn’t know anyone. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A view of Rambo Circus in Airoli. Among those who have helped the circus crew survive these long months has been NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal who contributed towards their food supplies, Nair told PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A view of Rambo Circus in Airoli. Among those who have helped the circus crew survive these long months has been NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal who contributed towards their food supplies, Nair told PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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Circus manager Biju Nair (C) along with others prepares food in their tent at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. The circus had managed only four shows before they had to shut down. The peak holiday season when schools are closed for summer came and went and the troupe stayed put, right where they had been since February. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

Circus manager Biju Nair (C) along with others prepares food in their tent at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. The circus had managed only four shows before they had to shut down. The peak holiday season when schools are closed for summer came and went and the troupe stayed put, right where they had been since February. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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Trapeze artist Anuradha Devi prepares food for her children in her tent at the Rambo Circus. The crew spend their days in their tents, huddled around a television set, on their mobile phones or cooking meals on stoves. Though the team is used to staying in tents, Cyclone Nisarga earlier this month left a trail of destruction, compounding their many problems. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

Trapeze artist Anuradha Devi prepares food for her children in her tent at the Rambo Circus. The crew spend their days in their tents, huddled around a television set, on their mobile phones or cooking meals on stoves. Though the team is used to staying in tents, Cyclone Nisarga earlier this month left a trail of destruction, compounding their many problems. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A view inside a tent set up at the Rambo Circus. “There was no loss of life but the cyclone damaged a generator and a few air conditioning units,” Nair said, adding that repairing the damage is a huge challenge with no money coming in and no immediate prospect of performances resuming. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A view inside a tent set up at the Rambo Circus. “There was no loss of life but the cyclone damaged a generator and a few air conditioning units,” Nair said, adding that repairing the damage is a huge challenge with no money coming in and no immediate prospect of performances resuming. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A tailor rests in his tent at the Rambo Circus on June 25. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there has been a spurt in cases in Airoli. Nair is making special efforts to ensure that the staff stays within the confines of the camp without mingling with outsiders, reported PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A tailor rests in his tent at the Rambo Circus on June 25. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there has been a spurt in cases in Airoli. Nair is making special efforts to ensure that the staff stays within the confines of the camp without mingling with outsiders, reported PTI. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A view of a tent at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. From 300 circus companies a few decades ago, barely 10 or 11 survive. Circus manager Biju Nair feels thankful to the locals who made his troupe their own and helped them survive this crisis. And he has made them a solemn promise--a free show on the other side of the lockdown. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A view of a tent at the Rambo Circus in Airoli. From 300 circus companies a few decades ago, barely 10 or 11 survive. Circus manager Biju Nair feels thankful to the locals who made his troupe their own and helped them survive this crisis. And he has made them a solemn promise--a free show on the other side of the lockdown. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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