de Gashash Deshe, créateur du spectacle
recueillis par Philippe Pratx
pour La Nouvelle
Revue de l'Inde et
est probable que tous les passionnés de l'Inde, et plus particulièrement les
aficionados du cinéma made in Bollywood ont déjà entendu parler du spectacle
Bharati, ou même sont déjà allés s'y plonger lors d'une précédente
tournée. Son succès est considérable, à l'échelle mondiale... Nous avons
donc voulu vous en faire savoir un peu plus, et qui était le mieux à même de
nous répondre que l'initiateur et producteur israélien du show, Gashash
GD : Hallo everybody, my name is Gashash,
and I’m the producer and creator of Bharati The Show. In the past 25
years I’ve been working in theatre, and especially musical theatre, as a
producer, stage director, adaptor of plays, and administrator. I was born into a
family which was always engaged in show business, and though I’ve left the
business for a couple of year to work as a law professor at the University, I
finally came back to produce Bharati.
GD : When I left my career as a Law
professor and went back to show business, I wanted to do something new,
something that nobody has done before. Because of my love to world music, and
ethnic cultures, I was looking to do a show which will represent on stage, a
country that was not presented before on the live stage in a mega spectacle.
After deliberating a bit with myself, the idea of India with its vast array of
cultures came into my mind. I wanted to do something that will bring to the
stage the popular culture of India in all its glory, and what could be a better
starting point than Bollywood. When I started to do the research for the
production, I was stunned and amazed by the richness of the cultures of India,
the variety of music and dance, the colors and sights. I wanted to bring all
these to the stage. And this is how Bharati was born. I was sure from the
beginning that if I would be able to bring my vision to life, it would become a
success, because India is a very attractive phenomena, and extremely rich in the
interest that it provokes.
GD : The script was tailored in such a
way, that it will evoke the emotions with different types of audiences. Children
love the show as well as adults. The story has different layers, but it all
comes to one global idea of the question, where are a person’s roots, and where
does he belong to.
GD : Artists were mainly chosen according
to their knowledge and skills in the classical art forms of dance and music, and
the ability to combine their ability to adapt to the modern trends of Bollywood.
GD : The show became a big success
because of the sincerity of the artists and their true pride and enthusiasm in
showing India to the public. Bharati is currently the only Indian musical
theatre production, which combines mega dance numbers with live singers and
GD : Till now around 2.4 millions.
GD : The story line was always kept the
same, but the show is dynamic, and every tour we change songs, and scenes. We
also change the scenery look from time to time. People who so the show two years
back in France, will notice few changes this time we come.
GD : My dream was to have the Bharati’s
world premiere in Paris. French public is very open to ethnic cultural
experiences, and really appreciates India and its culture. French audience is
also extremely warm, and knows how to respect the artists and their art. It was
always a great experience for us to perform in France, and we love to come back
GD : Bharati is a dream, that
manages to take the audience on a trip to India without leaving their seats. Bharati was my dream, and I’m proud that it made many people dream about
India, and fulfill their dream to travel there.
GD : We are now preparing a new show
about the history of music in Hindi cinema. Apart from this, we are planning to
keep on playing Bharati, as long as the audience will want to see us.
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