Apr 19, 2014
MANGALORE: The big top is all set to bid adieu to this coastal city of Kudla on April 28 and move on to the next city along the West Coast, namely Udupi after that date. Having started with daily three shows at Karavali Utsav ground at Lalbagh here on March 28 to moderate response, performance by artists of Gemini Circus is since pulling in the crowds, especially for its 4pm and 7pm shows respectively, says Srihari Nair, media coordinator.
Having pitched tent in this city two years ago, Srihari says the going in the initial days in the latest visit to the city was tough thanks to heat generated by Lok Sabha elections in this part of the state. With polling concluding on April 17, the fortunes of the circus is now smitten by IPL season 7, he says, adding that amidst all this, it is satisfying that Gemini Circus that was patronised by the likes of former PM Jawaharlal Nehru is still attracting people.
Presence of African artistes led by Anthoni Maxmilian Nchimbi and their acts of formation of human pyramids, limbo dance and fire eating acts, pole acrobatics have all captivated the minds of audience, he said. The latest acts include Russian stick balance, eye spring net, vertical swinging acrobat, Russian rope balance and comic chair acrobat. Other highlights include American ring of death, pocket cycle item and globe motor cycle, he said.
The various acts by animals include Lakshmi - the elephant that doubles up as a doctor, and Rani who plays the patient, and Lakshmi who also shows off her cricketing skills later, delicate balancing arts by Macaw, a rare parrot found in the Brazilian forests, the Cockatoos found in Australia too are designed to keep the children interested, he said, adding the acts by four dwarfs and two regular comedians too will add humour to the proceedings.