It was on October 2, 1977 in Danapur town Bihar that JUMBO CIRCUS had its maiden performance, under the enterprising leadership of M. V. Shankaran. Distinguished leaders of our country, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, E. M. S. Namboodiripad,Jyothi Basu, N.T. Rama Rao and E. K. Nayanar were among those who had witnessed the show over a period of time.
The Jumbo Circus pioneered the introduction of world class Russian Artistes in the Indian Circus and heralded the new era of Indo- Soviet Cultural exchange. The death defying acts during the launch performance at Calcutta in December 1994 had created a sensation in the media to the extent that it was strongly felt that the Circus industry was on a comeback trail ! Jumbo had always stood to its name as it has the largest circus troupe in India. It is the one and only Circus which had a full fledged menagerie right from its inception. It has been rated as the best consistently for the past three decades due to the high standards in innovation, presentation technology and of course customer preference.
The highlight is ofcourse the African Troupe which includes seven members, Team leader Khamis Salum Zubwa, Amiri Kisingaji Mvamba, Shabani Jirani Omari Kabulule, Rajabu Saidi Rajabu, Abdulatwif Ally Namtundunya, Abasi Adam Mkwama, Mohamed Abdallah Mnwuga . The Acrobatic Acts they perform include the following: 1. Formation of Human Pyramids, 2 - Limbo Dance and Fire Eating, 3. Pole Acrobatics, 4.Contortion: This acrobatic act needs special mention as the performer showcases remarkable flexibility. The ease with which the performer bends his body in different front bending and back bending positions is a major attraction. On the whole african acts have tremendous energy dynamism and speed hence they are enjoy ed by the audience.
The other highlights performed by our artistes include, Russian Rope Balance: The acrobatics is done on a rope which is hung from the roof of the tent. The Russian ballet music adds to the attraction. She swirls her whole body in the climax shot. Boneless Act: When we watch this item we are made to wonder if she has a body which is as flexible as rubber! This item involves some remarkable body bending acts. Swinging Vertical gymnastic acrobat: In this team they do some graceful acrobatics in midair hanging on a ribbon cloth. An attractive dual act!.Russian Trampoline Net: The acrobatic acts are performed on a trampoline. As a comic element,a clown performs some remarkable gymnastic acts on the trampoline. The highlight is the three eye act wherein they stand on each other's shoulder. They first fall back on the net in unison and then bounce back in unison to stand on the net in total perfection.Vertical Angelic Cloth Acrobat: Two long pieces of cloth resembling the traditional saree are hung from the ceiling. The artiste performs acrobatics by hanging on this cloth.
The mobile zoo of Jumbo Circus has horses, camels, dogs (pomeranian and dalmation) and rare birds like the scarlet macaw, the blue and yellow macaw, moluccan cockatoos. Dog Act: The Dog Act includes walking on two legs, holding an umbrella, the group slide act and the roller act. Camel Act: Two camels place there forelegs on a stool while the third camel squats on its knees. Horse Riding: The artiste rides on the majestic and sturdy horse. He also performs some daring acrobatics on the horse. Parrot Act: This is an excellent display of the skills of the macaw and cockatoos birds. The items include hoisting a flag, Beek (dental) balance, Cycle riding on a rod and chariot riding on the ring floor. The Macaw is a rare parrot found in the Brazilian forests. The Cockatoos is a rare bird found in Australia. The Macaw plays a seasaw balance with two Cockatoos on either side. One Cockatoos rides a cycle on a rod with another in tow, pecks with a beak and rides a chariot on the ring floor to the amazement and enjoyment of children.