Tuesday, October 28, 2014

International Circus Festival III by Rambo Circus


Hello Blog Readers,

     For the first time in the circus world, India plays host to an International Circus Festival III this year, as the famous Rambo Circus pitches its grand air-conditioned tent at Bandra Reclamation Ground, Bandra West, Mumbai with the participation of award winning circus artists from across the globe and with many unique attractions to boast of.  Truly a first-of-its-kind with spellbinding feats performed by traditional Indian artists as well as circus stalwarts from 5 countries- India, South America, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Mauritius- are the highlights of the festival.
     The fully air-conditioned and fire resistant tent is a certain crowd-puller, along with Smoke Machines, Special Lights, Special Sound Effects and Super Talented 150 Artistes.
     The added advantage is our travel partner Grallo which provides affordable, green and fun travel to Rambo Circus. Please visit their site: grallo.com or call: +919035912400
     It has been universally accepted that a circus is the only entertainment which can be witnessed by the entire family.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Time to Change

The passage of time keeps changing everything with itself. It is the duty of every one to keep pace with the time or get perished gradually. 

This thing is perfectly applicable to the Circuses too! NOW is the time to come out of those customary circus acts and explore the new possibilities. It is time to change the way of presentation of Circus Acts. Same thing can not attract people. The generation has changed, they like excitement, they want everything in an instant. Life has just become faster..!! 

What I am sharing today is actually two years old event but I came to know about it via internet surfing. It is really a wonderful feeling to know that people have already started experiments with the traditional ways of Circus. 

The Clouds & Clown, a joint event held by the National School of Drama (NSD) & the Grand Circus, was really a great step towards taking Indian Circus out of the box. It was in 2012. 

The following information is taken from the New Indian Express :

The Grand Theatrical Feat
Sometimes, a script begins from where a playwright ends it, or desires to. Theatre, in such moments and madness, ceases to be just art. It becomes a movement. Abhilash Pillai’s belief in Theatre of Roots, a body of work born out of modern theatre’s encounter with Indian tradition drove him to Kerala, to the tents of the Grand Circus to explore the cultural roots of circus in the Indian context. In 2011, Pillai went with Clowns and Clouds, a play he had written at the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, where he teaches theatre, to the grounds of the Grand Circus with a bunch of trainee actors from NSD. In Clouds and Clowns, Pillai wove stories from the lives of the circus artistes into acts and movements performed by a mix of circus artistes and NSD students.

He says, “During my formative years as a student of theatre, I would visit the circus with a friend. I realised there were no new stories. The artists would perform their act before the spectators who were drawn to the circus because of the costumes the female performers wore and the show of skin. They would be least interested in the acts. The woman artists would often have to even shed the skin costumes if the situation demanded so. Beautiful aspects, like the circus’ pan- Indian representation, the artists’ nomadic lives, their inherent talent, skills and sense of humour and the ability to put up an act of performance were ignored. It would be total anarchy.”

At the Grand Circus, in 2012, clowns, gymnasts, trapeze artists, animals and birds were awaiting a script and a volatile emotional churning that was as much an outsider to their world, as they were to modern theatre. “Between 2008 and 2011, I travelled extensively to study circus, its roots, the travails and tribulations of circus artists, the poverty and pain they go through. Initially, the circus artists showed little interest in my work. Most of them would say they were fed up with outsiders like me who visit Kerala to study their lives and turn their lives into films or stories they want to sell to the world. Gradually, the artists opened up to me and the young actors from NSD who would share the space, thoughts and food under the tents.”  

As a result, spectators turned into audience. Theatre was born within theatre, and a revolution born within tents, an upheaval, which neither the actors were prepared for, nor the audience, and definitely, not Pillai.

He says, “On the day of the first show, the audience totally disapproved of the act. These were spectators who had come to watch the performance expecting the usual circus tricks and the show of skin by female performers. They weren’t prepared for the diversion in the “act”. They began to yell and throw things around.” Noted filmmaker and director Sanjay Maharishi, who was filming the performance had to pack his cameras. The owner of the Grand Circus, a veteran who we had signed the MoU with NSD for this performance said he had expected the upheaval.

Pillai adds, “Strangely, I was so engrossed in my work that I didn’t anticipate a negative response. The women among the circus artistes began to cry. One of them said to me, ‘Even if we die they won’t care about our skills. They come here to see our skin.’ The third day changed everything. We performed the story of Raja, an artiste who lost his life in the circus. The audience sat moved by the performance and there was a roaring applause.”

Pillai’s quest with “roots” made him discover an unusual artist during a workshop Ladakh with the local actors, mostly villagers. He was a nomad, who had no “image” of “home”. At this workshop, the idea was to make the actors help develop a language with folk theatre, the tradition of masks and gradually, a bit modern theatre.  Pillai says, ”For the first time I came across a person who couldn’t draw an image of a ‘home’. He said there was no meaning of a ‘home’ for a nomad. It’s where the search for roots takes you. Even rootlesness has roots,” adds he.

After reading if you feel excited to see the Photos, follow the link given below and see some amazing clicks by Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan on flicker.
Photo Link: Click Here

I am sure, the Circus Owners will take more interest and try to elevate level of the Circus to keep this amazing art alive forever!
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Read about this event and a similar experiment done by Rambo Circus : Click Here

Monday, June 30, 2014

Great Bombay Circus

A long wait is finally over as the Great Bombay Circus has finally arrived in Vadodara City and running successfully from 27th June. 

Finally, I got chance to see the circus show. The lighting and air-cooling are good. Although, the flying trapeze is performed just from one side, other acts have some variation. The cycling and especially single cycle act is really amazing. People should pay at least one visit to the circus. 

Those who want to see lovely photos of the Circus (taken at Aurangabad), please visit the link below :

Photos by : Sreeji Nair
To visit : Click here
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Great Bombay Circus
Exhibition Ground, Kirti Stambh,
Rajmahel Road, Vadodara

-: Show-Time :- 
1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 pm

-: Ticket-Price : -
Rs. 300/-, Rs. 200/-, Rs. 150/- & Rs. 75/-

-: Website :-
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If you have visited the Circus, please do share your views with me and I shall gladly publish with full credit to you.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

5th World Circus Day


Hello Everyone,

Get yourself ready as the 5th World Circus Day is on 19th April, 2014. Be a part of this wonderful celebration of Happiness & Fun. I am glad to see that more and more people are taking part in this celebration from India but still it is not enough. More Circuses should take part in it as this is the day dedicated just for them.

Visit the World Circus Federation on the link given below and select India from country list to see the participants. 

Link : Circus Federation

Follow the links to get details about the events organized as a part of the 5th World Circus Day Celebration :

1. Rambo Circus : Click Here
2. The Great Oriental Circus : Click Here
3.  Famous Circus Artist Damoo Dhotre : Click Here

(The official website of Damoo Dhotre was relaunched on the 5th World Circus Day as it was entirely flash based site. As more and more sites are turning to javascript based site, so the site was launched with a view to reaching more people.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shameful & Shocking

Hello Readers,

This is the post that I feel really sad to write about. But everything has two sides - bright & dark, positive & negative...

Recently, the owner of the Moonlight Circus with four others were arrested after girl-artists accused them for raping. It is really shameful for Indian Circus Industry. The artists leave their families behind to earn just enough to sustain themselves and the dependants upon them. They work hard and daily risk their lives. The owners and other members of management must understand that Circus is not just theirs but it also belongs to these artists and other staff. It is because of their hard-work, the Circus can run smoothly. I hope, such disgraceful incidents do not happen again.

Read the full article at the website of : Times of India

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Damoo Dhotre 41st Death Anniversary


Hello Reader,

On 23rd January, 1973, Indian Circus lost one of its best animal trainers who made his nation proud in the Circus World. He could train wild animals with an ease and made them perform extra ordinary Circus acts. Today I am sharing one part of article about Damoo Dhotre :

From the 6' platform, a deadly paw swept down in a lightning flash of sleek yellow fur. Its unsuspecting target was a stocky young man in evening clothes who was armed only with a whip and a short stick. As spectators screamed, the huge leopard's needle-sharp claws sank into the man's shoulder.
Acting with experience-whetted instinct, the man lifted his feet from the floor and hung from the animal's paw while the circus audience watched, hypnotized. Then, with a ripping sound, the padded shoulder of the man's coat tore loose and he dropped to the ground. 
Quickly he turned to face the hig cat. Brandishing his whip admonishingly. Damoo Dhotre scolded his snarling pupil. "You bad child,'' he said sternly, "don't you know better than to attack your old friend? Now. behave yourself!" When Damoo left the barred cage to the applause of the circus-goers who had almost witnessed his death, he made 2 resolutions: never be overconfident and never again wear heavy clothing.

Read the entire article at : www.CircusHistory.org

Visit : www.DamooDhotre.com

Read more about Damoo Dhotre on this blog : Click Here

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Champion Circus


Hello Readers,

The Champion Circus has arrived in the city. It is on the outskirts of Vadodara, near Koyli. This is a little Two-Pole circus which is ready to entertain citizens of Vadodara. Actually, I am really excited to visit it soon because I have visited to small circuses to meet my artist friends but have never seen the show. I hope, people will give it a huge welcome and visit in great number. 

~: Show Times : ~
2 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm

~: Ticket Prices :~
Rs. 70/-, Rs. 50/- & Rs. 30/-

~: Venue :~
Gujarat Refinery Road,
Koyli, Vadodara