Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The rows tents are tethered together with bits of torn cloth and strings of rope. Each one is the modest home of the 200-odd artistes of The Great Bombay Circus at the AU Grounds near Sivaji Park in the city with truckloads of paraphernalia.

With a drop in patronage, the circus is suffering. And suffering with it are thousands of others who have known no other life than the one under the tent. Some of them are born here and some found their life partners here.

Even as this age-old form of entertainment struggles for survival, there are several artistes for whom the circus is a lot more than just being a means of livelihood. Amidst the rough and tumble of a nomadic lifestyle, many love stories have also blossomed under the tents. The circus not only brought together Seethu’s Chinese father and Nepalese mother, it was also under these tents that she found a life partner in Rajesh who is a Malayali. The circus is on till this month-end and the show timings are 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.