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Slumdog Magicians

Kathputli Colony, a ragged slum in New Dehli, houses circus performers – “acrobats, conjurers, dancers, fire throwers, monkey handlers, musicians” – who entertain guests at fancy weddings and embassay functions. But these performers might be about to lose their homes as the bulldozers are set to move in. 2,800 of the 3,000 have been promised homes in a new development on the site, but residents are sceptical of empty promises.

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