📣The 𝐜𝐫é𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐮 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐚 owes a lot to 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐢 ...
Indeed 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐢 was the first European woman 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭é𝐞 au 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦 to receive teaching. It was ... and it remains a real 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧.

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🎊 There was the framework of "𝐓𝐡éâ𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬", a big festival which already hosted 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐮 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐫, and which gave rise to a "school" where one could practice in workshops.
In 𝟏𝟗𝟔𝟕, this event was placed under the responsibility of 𝐉𝐞𝐚𝐧-𝐋𝐨𝐮𝐢𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐭, and Milena Salvini brought a Kathakali troupe there: art and its artists left 𝐊𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐚 for the first time. It had given rise to a tour.
In the years that followed an actor (𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐤𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧) came several times to give workshops and performances in Paris and in the provinces. In 𝟏𝟗𝟕𝟓, 𝐀𝐯𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟𝐟 and 𝐓𝐡éâ𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐝 Milena interpreted a 𝐝𝐮𝐨 with him.

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Barely opened, the 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐚 undertook to organize in 𝟏𝟗𝟕𝟖, a 𝐝𝐞𝐮𝐱𝐢è𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧é𝐞, for 𝟐𝟐 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐬. Scheduled for two months, it lasted five, as the 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜è𝐬 was immediate and deep. This tour began with 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫é𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐢𝐭, hosted by the TGP of Saint-Denis (directed at the time by René Gonzalez): the audience was seated on stage, on cushions. But a program of shows of 2:30 or 3 hours was the rule for the whole tour. Opened soon after a regular 𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 from 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐢 to 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬 (and wherever requested!) With master 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧.
Since then, there have been other tours, other nights, notably in collaboration with the 𝐓𝐡éâ𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐮 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐥 and the 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞.

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📍 But not only:
- A 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐞 (edited by Auvidis) contains a recording of the main songs and instrumental parts of the Ramayana (now a CD) 📀
- A 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 is available on DVD: "Le Ramayana", recorded at the Théâtre du Ranelagh in Paris 🎥
- A 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐦é𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞, on DVD: "Prelude for a Theater of the Gods", explains the symbolism of make-up and the preparatory rites for the show 🎥
- A 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐦é𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 (completed in 2015 after being shot in 1980), not yet broadcast commercially, is a recording in natural settings of the "Mahabharata", according to the Kathakali 🎥

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🇫🇷 And even more, 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐧ç𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐬 have been trained in 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐢, and are recognized as full professionals in 𝐊𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐚.
They rely on this 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 to give creations that bring openings to their 𝐚𝐫𝐭 ...

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➡️ Watch the Mandapa programs, you will see them appear regularly ...

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Extract from the archives of Eliane Béranger
Photos taken at the Théâtre du Soleil by Mireille-Joséphine Guezennec

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Kathakali dance-theater

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