Artists associated with India's circus industry have expressed their distress over a ban on the use of wild animals. They are claiming that half of the circus companies have shut their operations.
The recent hike in diesel prices and a power crisis has also taken a toll.
Pavithran, a circus artist and in charge of Gemini Circus, said, "People have lost interest in the circus. Due to a ban on use of wild animals by the central government. Entertainment through media and television is another reason why circus is losing out on audience. People prefer visiting circus at a central location."
Gemini Circus is taking care of at least 200 artists, elephants and other animals.
During a performance in Coimbatore, artists mesmerized the spectators with a wide array of acts ranging from gymnastics to dare devil antics.
The animals were also a part of the show besides juggling and fire poi.