It was on Aug 15, 1951, in Billimoria town, Gujarat that GEMINI Circus had its maiden performance, under the enterprising leadership of M.V. Shankaran and K. Sahadevan. Distinguished leaders of our country, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr.Rajendra Prasad, Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi,E.M.S Namboodiripad, A.K. Gopalan, M.G. Ramachandran and world renowned leaders Martin Luther King, Mrs. King, Lady Mountbatten were among those who had come to see the circus.
Late M. V. Shankaran, the legend of Indian Circus, led the country’s delegation to the World Circus festival held in 1964, in Moscow, Soochi & Yalta. They recieved admiration from Alexander Voloshein and first lady cosmonaut Tereskova Valentina.The entire delegation was given a diplomat visas by the Govt. of India. This unique recognition was bestowed as an honour for being rated as the most enchanting troupe in India. In the 60’s Alexander Voloshein, the Director of Russian Circus college came to India with his Russian Circus and gave expert training to the artistes of Gemini Circus.