06
Sep
11

সার্কাস নগের (Circus’ in Town)

15th of august, Indian Independence Day, a candle-light show on the Visva Bharati’s Campus.

But the real light, the real show – maybe not the real independence – are elsewhere, a bit further on the main road.

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

A concert of horns, a crowd rushing into a muddy narrow lane, a cycle tide carefully parked along the wall, a few food stalls quietly lined waiting for the hungry masses and, behind, an unexpected colourful and loud tent calls us…

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

Welcome to the Olympic Circus!

Olympic Circus

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

From the “Olympics”, it has only got the name. For 30 to 100 roupies, do not expect to see incredible feats, not even a ringmaster to harangue the crowd! However, in a very peculiar and desuète atmosphere a few really unexpected performances…

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal
A dogs’ tamer who proudly expose the male attributes of his troop over a young girls’ body

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

 

A beautiful dancer who, in her matching dress, follows lasciviously a few birds and parrots

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

A troop of Indian-African gymnasts whose smiles would enlighten the rather gloomy atmosphere of the place every time they appeared on stage

Over the years Indian circus has acquired a quite bad reputation– ancestral practices, children abuses, low performances – and has known a decline in attendance compared to the foreign companies that criss-cross the country.  Can we expect the law which, since april 2011, forbids circuses to employ children under 14 years to put an end to this exploitation and help the Indian circus to get a rehabilitation?

 

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

Anyway, here, as in every other circus, the same old uproarious laughters, the wide open brown eyes, the ohs! and the huras!

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

The Olympic Circus was in town, we hope you enjoyed the show!

Olympic Circus, Bolpur, West Bengal

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1 Response to “সার্কাস নগের (Circus’ in Town)”


  1. 30/11/2012 at 22:18

    I am the son of the ring master of this circus


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