Born with rings

HE CAME, he performed and he conquered. Nineteen-year-old Anton Monastyrsky, who was specially flown into Kerala from Moscow for the launch of Toyota's new vehicle, Innova, did more than match the new generation car for his performance, style and pedigree.

Yes, Monastyrsky is certainly `The Lord of the Rings' going by his flawless performance at the Nippon Toyota showroom at Kundanoor in the city on Friday. The setting was a dome constructed for the event.

Monastyrsky has been practicing with hoola-hoops for the past six years but his performance was so breathtaking that it would seem as if he was born with rings in his hands.

The lad from Russia has won two international circus awards for his performance. In 2003 he won the award in Monaco, Monte Carlo, and the year before he won an award in Germany.

Indeed, it is no coincidence that his father is a magician and his family has been in the circus business for four generations. There were many sighs of `ahs' and `oops' during the six minutes show by Monastyrsky.

Anton, who likes to play tennis, basketball, football and water polo is a fan of the new Russian tennis sensation, Maria Sharapova. He also dabbles in computer graphics and designing.

Monastyrsky attends art shows and musicals whenever he gets free time. But that is a commodity that is hard to come by in his busy schedule. "For the next six months, I will be performing in Denmark. After a month's break, I will be going to Switzerland again to perform," Monastyrsky revealed.

The man who is rated as one of `the fastest' with the rings was not really inclined to drive fast cars. "In Moscow, I prefer to go by train or metro," he said rather sheepishly. And added as an afterthought, "it is because of the heavy traffic in the city".

Talking about his favourite food, which is Japanese, Monastyrsky chuckled "I can eat Japanese food 30 days a month." But then he is yet to perform in Japan

The programme was organised by Fonix Events, Kochi, event managers for the show.


Photo: S. Gopakumar