Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Asiad Circus - Cherishing and Reprising the Older Times

Asiad Circus, one of the few surviving circus in India, is currently conducting shows at Rohini's Sector-10 in New Delhi till October 20. When I heard about the circus, without a thought I decided to visit the event and reminisce my younger days. Back in the 90's, before the evolution of electronic gadgets, such as mobiles and ipads, Circus was a prominent form of entertainment for children. However, as technology has evolved and new forms of entertainment have emerged, there are few takers for Indian Circus and if the present situation continues they are likely to diminish sooner rather than later.
Asiad Circus - Cherishing and Reprising the Older Times




There are 3 show timings for us to choose - 1PM, 4PM and 7:30PM. All shows lasts for about 2.5 hours and tickets prices start from Rs 100 and goes till Rs 400. You can purchase the tickets both offline and online (Bookmyshow).
Asiad Circus - Cherishing and Reprising the Older Times



My daughter Shravya was very excited as she had not witnessed this sort of event before. We decided to see the 4PM show. The whole area was engulfed in a huge tent with LED bulbs glittering at the top. As I entered the tent, I could see nothing has changed since i last visited any circus. There are still fans and coolers and people still sit on plastic chairs around the performing arena. Only, the place was only 5% occupied which earlier used to be atleast 50%.


We were first greeted by dwarfs in the form of clowns who made us laugh with their comic activities. As the show progressed we saw jugglers, gymnasts, acrobats, cyclists, motor cyclists and many more artists trying to entertain us to the fullest. One can easily say these performers were providing their maximum effort to entertain us, the audience wasn't large enough to laud their skills.




Unlike earlier years, wild animals, such as elephant and tigers, can not be used at any Indian Circus, which is another prime reason for this industry's downfall. Even though artists from countries like Uzbekistan and Africa have been employed to carry several acrobats, Indian Circus have not reinvented itself post animals ban which is why people have lost interest. Though 2.5 hours seem to be a little stretched, there are many interesting performances that you and your little one will definitely enjoy.