Circus pitches its tent in city

Last Updated 17 March 2011, 18:51 IST

The legendary circus, founded by Baburao Kadam in 1920, will feature African, Russian artistes along with host of stunts, acrobats and so on.

Speaking to presspersons here, Media Coordinator Srihari Nair said that the show will offer people a fusion of complete entertainment with daring acrobatic acts and visual spectacle.

He said a special attraction is a six-member troupe from Russia and five young Kenyans.

The Russians —Zareena, Raseena, Ozod, Munis and Navas— have qualified from the Tashkent Circus College, while the Kenyans — Juma, Essir Muhammad, Safari, S Safari and Richard — from Mumbaza will dance to the rhythm of Caribbean music.

He said “the style of the Kenyan youth is very different. What sets them apart from the acrobats who are already a part of the show is their speed. Agility and fluidity fuelled by speed marks their performance that combines acrobatics, gymnastics and a dance.”

The performers also bring a whole load of energy, spirit and expression into the act, he added. They will exhibit limbo, fire dance, rope-skipping pole acrobatics and human pyramids. The Russian troupe will present foot juggling, ‘hula hoop,’ weight lifting and acrobatics. Other highlights of the circus include ‘Chinese roller act,’ ‘cube pyramid juggling,’ ‘Russian palotna acrobatics,’ ‘Chinese candle balance,’ ‘American limping board,’ ‘Russian spider ring act,’ ‘Vertical swinging acrobat,’ ‘Russian devil clown act,’ ‘High wheel cycle skipping act and pocket cycle,’ ‘Russian clown skipping act.’

For the children, there is elephant cricket to enthrall, he added.

“The circus has around 300 employees, including 30 male artistes, 60 female, 40 administrative staff and 180 support staff,” he said.

The circus has 64 animals including elephants, horses, camels and rare birds such as the Scarlet Macaw, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Moluccan Cockatoos, African Lory, African Grey Parrot and Pigeons.

There will be three shows every day (1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm).

The Great Bombay Circus will be inaugurated by Mangalore Mayor Praveen. Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh and Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav will be the chief guests.

(Published 16 March 2011, 17:04 IST)

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