Raghunath Manet is one of the greatest Indian dancers in the world. He made Bharatha Natyam popular and opened its door to male dancers. He is also a choreographer, a veena player ( it’s a kind of huge lute that you can see in the photo above).
Despite his fame in France, (he was knighted by the French government and took part in many French shows), Raghunat Manet is still a mystery. How old is he? Is he married? Where does he live? Is he a God? Is he a man? Difficult to really know…
It was the first time I had seen him on stage. It was at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
You may ask: But what was an Indian man doing in a place dedicated to the Arabic culture?
Actually, the performance was called « Mughul India » and Raghunath Manet was not on his own on stage. Tunisian violin player Jasser Haj Youssef was there to collaborate with the amazing dancer. I must admit the two men do not have the same physical appearance and you may wonder what on Earth they can do together! Actually, as soon as Manet touches the strings of his veena and Youssef joins him by making his violin weep, it is quite magical and enchanting!
However, what I preferred was the dancing parts. Raghunat Manet is both graceful and virile. His face has determined and godlike expressions and his gestures are broad and generous. It is a real pleasure for people who like dance…- and the others! – and this show really made me feel like seeing other performances like that.
Click here to watch a report on Youtube and you’ll see that Manet speaks French perfectly!
French article here and English extracts from Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s speech.
I was looking for information about rose culture in Southern Asia when I saw this romantic and sweet commercial for Rose Petal tissues. It’ll make you feel like getting stained!
Song Narmi Say Cho Jaey by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Two short videos about this Bollywood show given in Paris last week. Very nice moments!
Always the same old recipe to have a delicious Bolly-cocktail: a famous character, an animal, a film and a hobby!
Today, our photo cocktail is a bit strong! It’s a Khan of Bear!
Into a blender:
You shake, shake, shake…
…and you get:
A Khan of Bear!
*Salman’s picture was taken from the film Veer, no, he doesn’t go out dressed that way!
A few days ago, I published a strange picture on my blog. You remember how we laughed at Big B wearing Louis 14′s slippers and a skiing-puffa jacket!
I’ve just discovered where this picture is from!
It was actually taken from a calendar, a bit like Pirelli calendar, but in India, and less sexy of course! Photographer Dabboo Ratnani invited la crème de la crème from Bollywood to strike the pose for 2013, – I note that refined Aamir Khan didn’t take part to this “no-smile-shooting fiesta”. I must admit I hate that kind of calendars. I can’t imagine waking up every morning and finding myself face to face with Hrithik Roshan‘s abdominals stuck on the door of my fridge!
Once more, it is a little sad to see that these superstars still can’t get rid of the gender clichés : guys pose on a motorbike, wearing sunglasses, open shirts or showing such impressive muscles that even Poppeye would choke on his spinach! As for the girls, that’s not better! They are often half naked and their eyes seem to say “Take me now” to the camera! Basically, I have nothing against cigars and half-naked women, but it is so common!
Well, I like a couple of photos all the same:
But what I really prefer is the back cover of the calendar showing plenty of little photos of Ratnani, his models, and his family, I guess…