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Assam: Job And Financial Insecurities Amid COVID-19 Force Circus Queen to Become Fish Vendor by Zarafshan Shiraz June 26,2020   |  Source: India.Com

Sarada Singha, a 45-year-old chief performer of her Kolkata based circus company, had everything going right for her until the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent nationwide lockdown forced her to become a fish vendor to manage her two-square-meal for her family. The corona spread forced shut her circus shows and she along with other members of her team are now grappling with an uncertain future and poverty. While the Nepali woman Sarada sells fish at a roadside market in Silchar, the other circus performers — clowns, jugglers, trapeze players, ring masters, technicians, singers, make-up artist, guards, including her husband Ratan Singha are working as daily wage earners’ and even taking up menial jobs. The 160-member circus team, comprising performers and assistants belonging to West Bengal and Assam, came to Hailakandi (in southern Assam) in January to perform their show in famous “Rabindra Mela”. From Hailakandi, the circus party moved to Karinganj to perform the shows in another famous “Netaji Mela” in January end and then in next month to the “Gandhi Mela” in Silchar, a major commercial city in southern Assam, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura.

“Initially, our circus owner in Kolkata financially helped us, but gradually the proprietor of the D. K.

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