INDIAN DEATH WELL – (Maut ka Kuaa)

Performance of a high risk drama where cars and bikes ride on vertical wooden wall.


The show involves a temporary cylindrical structure about 25 feet high and 30 to 40 feet in diameter built of hardwood planks. The audience stands upon the platform built around the circumference of the #structure and gaze down into the well where the #motorcycles or cars drive.


The Performers


The team of performers generally comprise of 5-7 riders who are 20 to 25 years old. Before becoming a skilled rider, one must start his career as a helper. The most important task during the learning process is to over-come vertigo and develop courage.

Performance of the riding stunt in the well involves perfect co-ordination among all the riders. Overtaking one another, riding shoulder-to-shoulder, free hand riding, #zigzag riding, pop-out from the moving car are some of the famous stunts performed by these stunt-men on the vertical wall of the wooden well.

Generally two-stroke bikes are used for the performance as they have much more power-full engine. Rider’s bikes have no silencers because they want to attract the audience with the loud noise and there are no front brakes as applying them even by mistake can be #fatal.


 Structure


From the first look it seems as a big water tank. Barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, ranging from 30 to 40 feet in diameter and 25 to 40 feet in height, inside which motorcyclists perform stunts. An average well is constructed with more than 5000 wooden #planks, which is installed by  20 to 30 people and costs up to Rs 2 lakhs. The final constructed structure allows 200 plus #spectators to stand on the platforms that stretch around its upper edges and a circular metal railing about five feet high keeps the spectators from falling in.


Crowd Puller


Apart from making noise through the muffler of bike, to pull crowd in, the show has #transgender dancer who dance on #Bollywood item songs and attract crowd to the ticket counter.

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