They came here from Africa to perform in the circus. What will happen if it shuts down? Meet Rajab, Yidi, Salum & Yasim – star performers at the Great Golden Circus. They’ve come here all the way from Tanzania, to perform amazing acrobatic feats of strength and skill for cheering audiences in India. By now, they even speak Hindi and sing Bollywood songs! But with the waning popularity of the circus, they may soon be returning home.
101 Traces looks at the last of anything: ethnic communities, folk craftsmen, disappearing trades, forgotten people. It sketches portraits of these unique individuals, locked in a battle they cannot win: a battle against the future. Together, they represent the dying whispers of ancient heritage and traditional individuality. As India moves towards homogenized global pop culture, 101 Traces honors the people, the objects, and the skills that connect us to our ancient identity.
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