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Here's The Spellbinders, a series of photograph depicting the traditional circus troupes in Bangladesh, which were once the major entertainment attractions during the rural fairs or melas in this South Asian nation.
With the advent (and in some areas, proliferation) of other forms of modern entertainment modes, such as television and movie theaters, as well as encroaching urbanization, the traditional circus troupes are facing an uphill struggle to survive. According to the photographer, In 2011, there was only 6 or 7 circus troupes available, and since then, a few more have closed down their operations.
I don't really know what the situation is for Bangladeshi circus troupes, but in India these are often accused of illegally employing Nepalese girls, and often being fronts for sex trafficking.
Mohammad Moniruzzaman is a Bangladeshi photographer involved in image making since 2007. A photographer by passion and a microbiologist by profession, he moved to the United States to obtain a PhD degree in microbiology.