As India wages a daily battle against the second wave of coronavirus cases, a Mumbai clown turns Covid Warrior.
IMAGE: Ashok Jagannath Kurmi speaks to children while dressed as a clown at a slum in Mumbai.
The 36 year old social worker, who works for a pharmaceutical company, says he dresses in different costumes during his outreach to help spread official messages about the coronavirus to both children and adults.
Dressing up in various ways, such as a clown, helps remind people to try and stay happy and healthy in the face of the unrelenting wave of infections that has swept India. Photographs: Fariha Farooqui/Getty Images
IMAGE: Ashok sprays disinfectant at a Mumbai slum on May 22, 2021.
IMAGE: The clown interacts with kids.
IMAGE: The clown busy at work.
IMAGE: Children love seeing the clown.
IMAGE: Ashok puts on his clown costume.
IMAGE: Ashok adjusts his clown costume as he prepares to leave home.
IMAGE: Ashok is ready to spread good cheer and laughter.
Concept: Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com