Cops help dance teacher who lost his life to Covid – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Distraught after losing his livelihood in Mumbai due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, 44-year-old dance teacher Balaji Sawalkar has arrived in the city to start his life over. But he found no takers for his dancing skills in the nation’s capital. When he ran out of money, he started living in the “rain basera”, an overnight shelter for the homeless.
Delhi police found him and helped him find a job in a restaurant. Sawalkar said he was a professional dancer and had been performing for 20 years. He said he opened a dance academy called ‘Bali step of dance classes’ at Saki Naka in Mumbai in 2013.
He said he also has a registered company named ‘Bali Events and Entertainment LLP’ but it is closed at the moment. “I had a dance institute in Mumbai which was closed due to Covid-19 as the premises were rented out and I had no funds left to run it. I ran out of money and left
Bombay,” he said.
He reached the national capital by train on Diwali on November 4 last year to explore more possibilities. “I was initially living in Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Later I moved to nearby overnight shelter. Arrangements are good and we are getting food. help earn a living,” Sawalkar said.
He added: “I joined Sandoz at Connaught Place in the food packaging department. I was told that I would receive Rs 18,000 salary per month. My goal is to continue as a dance teacher. But for now, I have decided to work for a living,” he said. Sawalkar said, “I did two world tours. I’ve performed in almost every Bollywood awards show.