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We need to have 'Clown Doctors' in India… Seriously!
In India, circus companies have become almost non-existent and so have the clowns. However, elsewhere, clowns have appeared in reincarnation as 'clown doctors'.

Certain therapy courses have included clowning as an independent therapy, and at some other places, it has been made a part of expressive arts therapy.

In India, hospitals are becoming more and more insensitive and doctors carry around sullen faces, if one goes by the recent news stories about the incidents in the hospitals. Moreover, the para-medical services are dry and run-of-the-mill activities to make the spirits of patients go down the dump.

However, elsewhere, the people trained in 'clown therapy' or 'clown care' and 'hospital clowning' are becoming part of the health care facilities. Such clowns at times are also called 'clown doctors'.

In a few countries, the certified clown therapists visit hospitals to lift patients' moods and spirits with the positive power of hope and humour; and optimism and opportunities. However, in India, clown therapy has not been even included in expressive arts therapy.

The countries in which recognised 'clown doctor programmes' are being run are Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Canada, Israel, South Africa, Hong Kong, Brazil, and many European countries. Clown doctors attend specifically to the psycho-social needs of the hospitalised child as well as adults.

Clown doctors get training and education in the techniques of expressive arts such as magic, music, storytelling, acting, comedy and other clowning skills to deal with a range of emotions.

Studies suggest that the healing power of humour and laughter combats stress, reduces pain by releasing endorphin, boosts the immune system and hastens the healing process.

It has been reported that therapeutic clowning has proved effective and we need to take it seriously in our country.

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