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Balancing act: Artistes performing at Rhino Circus in Srikakulam. —
Balancing act: Artistes performing at Rhino Circus in Srikakulam. —

Staff Reporter

People in rural areas still patronise age-old entertainment forms: manager

Performance of Russian artistes attracting all

Group acrobats are also being viewed with gaping jaws

Srikakulam: Thanks to the advent of the idiot box, the circus companies are gradually being phased out due to lack of patronage from people in urban areas.

But, Rhino Circus, established in the 2001, is tapping rural potential. Its management believes that people in rural areas still patronise age-old arts and forms of entertainment.

Despite the advent of television entertainment and urban youth getting addicted to the idiot box, the rural population, particularly youth, have not totally given up old art and entertainment forms.

“Our firm has gained popularity in the district and Russian artistes have become the centre of attraction,” claims Rhino Circus manager.

Three shows

Rhino Circus, which pitched tents a fortnight ago in the town, is receiving tremendous response from the people. Located in the heart of the town besides PSN High School, the organisers run three shows daily. People from several villages and mandal headquarters are thronging the venue.

Performances of Russian and Indian artistes, which include foot juggling, group acrobats and group dancing, are attracting one and all. Some of their acrobats are viewed with bated breath.

Ring dance

The Russian ring dance and the German doll dance are amazing. African fire dance, Italian juggling, German spring net performances and Chinese acrobats are quite interesting.

The galloping on two horses simultaneously is one that is being watched with gaping jaws. Another interesting feat is a dog riding a motorcycle. Acrobats and dance performances by 35 women and 20 men were an added attraction.

Rhino Circus had been travelling the length and breadth of the country since inception. It has artistes drawn from Assam, Nepal, West Bengal, Orissa and Russia. So far, it has give some 80 performances in different states.

The company takes care of all the artistes.

They are paid salaries every month and are even provided free food and accommodation, besides being covered by insurance.


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