A circus is a place where beasts and animals perform feats at the orders of their trainers. A circus has many animals and beasts from all parts of the world. Many other feats are also shown in the circus which are performed by the artists and the clowns. In a circus we see many wonderful feats under the big top.
Last year at the time of Mela Data Darbar many Irani Circus came to Lahore. They pitched their big tent in opposite to the Lahore Fort. The arrival of the circus company was widely advertised on the radio and TV many days before it actually arrived in Lahore. I had not seen any circus before I therefore along with my friend made a program to see it on a Sunday.
We reached the Minto Park by bus. It was 5:00 P.M. The big tent was beautifully decorated and illuminated tastefully. As we reached the place the circus band was playing and loudspeakers were blaring film songs. The circus was attracting huge crowds. There was big queue on the booking windows. But luckily we had reserved the tickets in advance. So we entered the tent hurriedly.
The circus tent was fully packed. It was brightly illuminated like a wedding place. We could hear the roar of the lion and the trumpeting of the elephants. In the middle of the big tent there was the arena where all the acts and feats of artists and the beasts were shown. Circus is a show which attracts all and sundry. People from all age groups and classes go to see it.
A few clowns were sitting on the arena who were making the people laugh at their clownish gimmicks. At exact 6:00 pm. The dhow started. First of all a few smartly dressed girls and boys came. They were gymnasts. They showed us their wonderful feasts. After this a girl danced on a steel wire. She balanced her with an umbrella.
The arena was lit brightly with flood lights. Then a few girls and boys showed some feats on the swing. These were very dangerous feats and were much applauded by the audience. Then a cyclist came on one wheeled cycle. He cycled on a steel wire. After this some clowns came in to show certain funny acts. Every body laughed at their tricks.
After this a few horses entered the arena. The riders stood on the backs of the horses and showed many feats on the fast running horses. One horse also jumbled through a ring of fire. Then a beautiful woman came and stood near a wooden plank. A man began throwing sharp daggers at her. We all were afraid that a dagger might hurt her but the person was full of confidence and none hurt her.
Last of all a huge cage was brought into the arena. Three lions and two tigers were brought in this cage. A ring master who looked like a heavily built waved the big whip of frighten the animals. The big beasts roared but they were doing every thing at the command of their trainer the ring master.
The ring master also placed his head into the mouth of a big lion. It was really a very daring act. It was the last act of the show. We enjoyed every item of the wonder circus. The show ended at exact 9:30 pm. We hired a taxi and came back to our homes.