Recognizing the potential to introduce this art-form to the wider world, with its enduring creations, after mounting 'Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band', Rhythm and Ragas collaborated with Access All Areas in December 2014 to present a unique extravaganza named 'Circus Raj', a musical drama preserving the traditions of the vibrant street performers featuring an acrobat, pole-vaulter, funambulist and folk dancers accompanied by a musician playing local street instruments such as Dhol, Been, Dhapli, Flute and Mangiras as well as tabla, harmonium & dholak. This unique formation salutes the very traditional circus community called 'The Nats'
The Nat are a nomadic community found in North India. They are one of integer of communities that are said to be of Dom origin, and have traditions similar to the Bazigar community. The word nat in sanskrit means a dancer, and the Nat were conventionally entertainers and jugglers. In the ancient times, during the rules of Maharajas, Nats used to be the performer for his-majesty as their breathtaking acts involves lots of courage and bravery.
Circus Raj's cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers, with the eye-watering displays by the fakir, presents a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.
The show starts with an introduction of the artists: The story unfolds in a series of breathtaking acrobatic and hilarious performances that leaves everyone stun and amazed include the legendary 'Kachchhi Ghodi dance;, a model horse structure colourfuly decorated with beautifully embroidery and famous glass work, with the musical escort providing entertainment for the entire family.
Their spectacular, awe-inspiring and unique shows toured Europe extensively all through the summers of 2015 and 2016, thrilling audiences of all ages at festivals, melas, community events and carnivals - including Glasgow and Leicester Melas and numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Bestival, Lunar, Imagine Watford, Richmond upon Thames, Readipop, SKIrcus and Forde in Norway and Walthamstow Garden Party..
The group also run workshops for children that include a short circus show and participation in juggling, simple acrobatics, balancing objects, dancing, singing and turban tieing.
Circus Raj is suited to audiences of all ages, available in a street theatre format either in one location or on walkabout or as a fully staged outdoors circus show with a slack rope and other aerial equipment, backdrop and scenery.
Circus Raj is available for booking worldwide from April-2017 to October-2017.