Caravan Raj - Circus Raj

Caravan Raj / Circus Raj

Caravan Raj
Gypsies of Rajasthan, spiritual and spectacular, “Caravan Raj” are a traditional music group of Langas, Manganiyars and Kalbeliyas, representing the divergent musical styles and background of Rajasthan's Thar Desert.  

The “Langas” and “Manganyiar” are renowned wandering poets, singing a wide repertoire of ancient songs and playing the sarangi (Indian violin), kartals (castanets), the morchang (Jew’s harp) and algoza (double flute). Joining them are the musicians of the Court of Maharajas singing and playing the harmonium and the dholak (two headed drum) with classical musicians interpreting sacred songs and performing on tablas. This gathering of Gypsy, Hindu, Persian and Mughal cultures showcases an ethnic and spiritual music, with intricate rhythms at times very close to the qawwali music of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from neighbouring Pakistan. This focus on spirituality is heightened in a strong visual sense too through the fakir's displays of courage and bravery and the devotional dances and cobra-like contortions of the “Sapera” or “Kalbeliya” dancer, a community of snake charmers living with snakes, the guardian of spiritual truth.
Caravan Raj promise to take audiences on an emotional musical procession through the Thar Desert, inspired by the majesty of their environment and an unending ambition to preserve this unique tradition.  

Caravan Raj
It's always fun when the circus comes to town and when this veritable supergroup of Rajasthan's elite street circus performers combine their amazing skills with breathtaking acts of courage and bravery around our site on Sunday, they are sure to have you have enthralled and amazed.

Hugely entertaining they take this ancient, mystical and magical circus format to new and bewildering heights. 
Circus Raj's cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers, with the eye-watering displays by their fakir, present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise. 
Their spectacular, awe-inspiring and unique performances provide a jaw dropping feast of Indian circus and street theatre that will amuse and bemuse you in equal measures.  


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