Mumbai: Martin D'Souza, the brain behind organising first international clown festival in India which commences here from tomorrow, says it is derogatory to refer a clown as a joker.
"There is a subtle difference between a joker and a clown. While the former makes you laugh, the latter makes you happy. It is high time that people understood this," D'souza said.
"It is unfortunate and derogatory to refer clowns as jokers," he said adding clowning is a skilled profession.
Clowning involves from mime, pantomime, music, physical comedy, magic, balloon sculpting, juggling, unicycling, acrobatics and non-verbal entertainment, he explained.
"Internationally, it has been accepted as a very talented, stylish and skilled profession. Unfortunately, only uneducated and poor in India get into circuses, of which clowning is a part," he said.
However, now it is not just limited to circuses, where it all began. Today, it has grown into its own, he said.
Also, kids are very receptive when anything is taught to them through clowning, he said adding our target audience is children in the age group 7 to 14 years.
The maiden clown festival has been being organised by Mad Hatters, the family entertainment division of Light House Entertainment (I) Pvt. Ltd, helmed by D'souza.