Nuvena Rajendra, TNN
Jun 3, 2012
Travelling circus acts form a major chunk of entertainment for the people in Trichy during summers
Summer time is a feast for Trichiites. Circuses, magic shows, troops and parades come in from all over the country to perform for Trichiites — who still love and stick to tradition that has been prevalent for over twenty years. Nothing has changed the fashion in which announcements are made and the posters that are put up over night. And absolutely nothing has changed about the way we are entertained as well! There is perhaps an old world charm about that.
Vignesh Mohandass, a doctor, tells us that he has lived in the city all his life and has gone to visit these shows as a kid. "They bring back a lot of memories and a part of me still believes that this kind of entertainment shouldn't die. I want my children to catch a glimpse of this show — a beautifully scripted visual treat. Earlier, we used to cry and beg our parents to just go for one show. We were so much in awe of all the elephants and the children who performed death defying stunts. I remember trying the same stunts at home and getting into trouble — surely those were one of the best summers we had."
Targeting kids from all ages, these travelling performers have unique shows every year. Though they are the same people, they come up with different acts to entertain crowds and keep them interested. Clowns, acrobatic performances, rope walkers, jugglers and cyclists take up centre stage for most of the performances. Some of them are so regular that visitors identify them and immediately become friends. "I know my friends who have their set of favorite artists. So, we make regular trips down here. The tickets are also not that expensive so it is quite a thrilling experience." says Ram Kumar, a class ten student.