The Great Bombay Circus is having its last show in town, and it promises loads of fun and action, writes Serena Josephine. M
The grand old Great Bombay Circus (GBC), with all its daring acrobatics and sizzling performances, is in town. And, this could be your last chance to catch it.
“Construction activities will soon start on the AFT grounds and there is no other place where we can stage our programme in Puducherry. So, this will be our last show in Puducherry,” says K.M. Dilipnath Nair, managing partner of GBC.
Tuning itself to the changing times, the GBC has come up with loads of innovative attractions this season. With roughly 300 persons on board, of whom 100 are performers, GBC stages its shows on the AFT grounds on Cuddalore Road.
An eight-member troupe from Russia offers some dazzling performances on ground and mid-air. Touring across the country throughout the year, the troupe stages shows at Chennai, Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Kerala, Mysore, Bangalore and Thiruvanathapuram in the South. From next year, Puducherry might go off that list.
That is a pity, because a circus still has the ability to draw in the crowds. “Surprisingly, the crowd has been good here despite the IPL tournament,” says Nair.
After all, where else can you see talented humans and animals work in unison to provide live entertainment?
GBC has 64 animals, including elephants, horses, camels and birds such as scarlet macaw, African lorry, African grey parrot and Malaccan cockatoos. Ten new performances have been introduced for their shows in Puducherry.
With their daring acrobatics, the performers rule till the end, while the clowns have separate episodes to tickle your ribs.
Starting with a colourful procession of the troupe members, the show goes on to a number of acrobatic performances. Such as The Chinese Roller Act, where a girl balances herself on a wooden plank placed on five rollers, and performs acrobatics.
The Russian performers take the audience on a different tour, with their agility. They juggle things around with amazing dexterity and one artiste performs intricate acrobatics while hanging on to two pieces of cloth hanging from the ceiling.
Another performer balances 51 lighted candles using her mouth and hands, while a group of young boys somersault with glee. The boys go on to mesmerise the audience with their dynamic gymnastics.
This is not all. The high wheel cycle skipping act drew many an applause from the audience, while interactive episodes with the clowns held the kids’ attention.
On their part, the animals chip in too. An elephants hits the ball into the audience in a game of cricket, and the birds go on a cycle ride.
The GBC holds three shows a day, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. till June 16. The tickets are priced at Rs. 25, Rs. 50 and Rs. 75.