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Bharati: show in the colors of India

India has always aroused a certain fascination on Western minds, whether through the richness of its culture in general or its cuisine in particular, or through the complexity of its social structure. India is the land of maharajas, untouchables, elephants, but also of Hinduism, this religion with a thousand picturesque deities and colorful cults. Today, India is invited into European theaters with the show Bharati which proposes to take the spectators in a romantic epic worthy of the greatest productions of Bollywood, the Indian version of Hollywood. Bollywood has its own box office and its films are exported everywhere, from Thailand to Dubai, each time meeting an increasingly resounding success. The formula that hits the mark is always the same: a romantic plot, of the type of impossible love or arranged marriage, well crafted, a hundred actors, most of whom are outstanding dancers, a neat music reflecting Indian traditions and choreographies set to the millimeter that dot the story. Most of these films last up to three hours and look more like musicals than classic cinema. This ambient exoticism seduces more and more Westerners and that is why the troupe of the show Bharati always plays to sold out. So, for those who do not yet know Bharati, here is in a few words the history of the troupe and the brief summary of its international career. Bharati is first and foremost the story of the meeting between Siddharta, a young Indian expatriate who has studied and works abroad, and Bharati, a daughter from Indian peasant parents. It is in a way the clash between tradition and modernity, from which a love is born thwarted by the convictions of the protagonists of the play. Siddharta is played by Gagan Malik, an Indian actor with an impressive track record, and Bharati by the no less famous Bhravna Pani who started with classical dance before moving on to cinema. These two main figures are surrounded by a hundred dancers, musicians and acrobats who animate the story as it progresses. No less than 700 different outfits are used during the 90 minutes of the show and the sets are never frozen, transported by this small human tide that gives life to this unique piece. In more detail, you should know that the troupe is composed of 34 dancers, 24 dancers, 6 acrobats, two ballet masters, 4 martial arts specialists, 2 singers, 4 singers and 15 musicians. Three of India's most renowned choreographers contributed to the staging of the piece and arranged Bharati's various stage paintings. Throughout the show, a narrator, played by Rahul Vohra who is a long-established Indian actor in France, enlightens the audience about the plot of the story and provides the details essential to their understanding. The singers, placed on both sides of the stage, serve as a choir for the two main actors who declaim their text while singing. The musicians set the tone for the show and create a sound atmosphere according to the twists and turns of the plot. No downtime is recorded during the performance and, in the end, the spectators feel that they have attended a highly professional show that has taught them a lot about India and its mysteries. One of the peculiarities of this show is that it mainly uses and highlights traditional Indian instruments such as the sarangi, the sitar, the tabla, the bansuri, the shehnai, the dholak or the santoor. The spectator is therefore directly immersed in a totally exotic universe and in magnificent lands just a few minutes after the beginning of the show. Each of the instruments used in Bharati has its own specificities and actively participates in the animation of each scene. The sarangi, an instrument composed of 3 playing strings and 35 sympathetic metal strings, is used for example to illustrate complex emotions and its handling requires a lot of experience. The bansuri, a kind of Indian flute, reproduces the intonations of the human voice, while the tabla, a pair of small percussions, allows you to play aquatic sounds or higher tones, as needed. Finally, there is the king instrument of India, the sitar, which has obtained its letters of nobility in the West with the unparalleled performance of Ravi Shankar. Used for the first time in the thirteenth century, the sitar is a stringed instrument that produces sounds inviting to travel and melancholy. In short, if Bharati has been a hit since 2006, it is not for nothing. Those who have not yet seen it must hurry to buy a ticket for the next performances because it is a unique show in the world that should not be missed under any circumstances.