Circus Raj, this veritable "super-group" of Rajasthan's elite
street circus performers from this fascinating region's legendary
Rhythm & Ragas
Music, founded in the year 2014, is an initiavtive to promote the music,
culture, heritage and all other forms of performing arts of India
particularly from Rajasthan at a worldwide stage.
a long history of street performers and funambulists wandering and
performing from city to city, from street to street.
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
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.
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
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..
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
Circus Raj is available for booking worldwide from April-2017