EFEBy Sarwar Kashani | New Delhi

Jugglers, magicians, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists are back to captivate circus lovers with their death-defying feats and jaw-dropping flips in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata after two years of a Covid-induced shutdown.

To revive the vanishing act, the Ajanta Circus organizers have pitched the tent in the heart of the “City of Joy,” wary of the challenges they face, including a paradigm shift in the entertainment pursuits of modern audiences.

Among the oldest in the country, Ajanta has vowed that “the show must go on,” recalling the cult phrase from legendary Indian filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film "Mera Naam Joker."

The movie tells a story about a clown who must make his audiences laugh no matter how unhappy he himself is. EFE