Have you ever sitten under a grand tent and enjoyed a Circus?
Well, I did. I hope did that at least once in your life.
Recently I’ve read an article about Indian Circus companies. Have you ever heard of “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus”? Well, It’s America’s well-known circus company which was closed recently on May 21st, 2017.
With that sad fact, one of the Indian Reporters decided to interview a spokesperson from a prominent Indian Circus company. I will try to translate the interview’s content.
In India, there were 30+ circus companies. Now we have only 3 of them. These companies were started around the early 1900’s. Until 1990’s their life went very well with reputation. If they set-up a tent in a village, the show would continue for at least 3 or 4 months. But the interesting fact is they would take only 3 or 4 days to set up the grand tent. Because every day they need 75,000 Indian rupees to maintain and provide food to their crew (including those animals). Even though the show ticket price was Rs.25, the day’s collection would reach Rs.100,000.
Every circus companies had at least 1000 performers from different countries. It would look like a mini-village. 🙂
Even though the show ticket price was Rs.25, the day’s collection would reach Rs.100,000. Because the tent can allow 6,000 audiences. They conduct 4 shows a day. Sometimes prominent people like Prime Minister, President would visit along with their family to enjoy the show.
They had one special school in entire India. It offered them the course for circus activities. But now, that institution is closed. They have to teach themselves.
If you want to be a performer, you have to start practicing at the age of 4 or 5. So that your bones will get the flexibility. Otherwise, there are chances for breaking bones. Sadly, the Indian government does not allow them to teach their children and forbid such activities under the Child Labour Law.
After the evolution of technology, very few people want to spend their time to watch such shows. Due to the urbanization, the companies don’t have enough space/ground to establish their tent. Getting permission from the government/police is also difficult. A few years ago, Zoo authority of India ordered them to surrender those animals to the rescue center. The Sad thing is those animals aren’t well maintained now when compared to the days they spent in the circus companies.
So it gradually becomes obsolete…