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‘We didn’t go topless in India’

art-and-culture Updated: Nov 06, 2012 01:11 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
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The famous French Cabaret, Moulin Rouge, left Delhi audience awestuck after their performance in the Capital on Friday evening. Though the original performance in Paris has 70 dancers on stage and 1,000 different costumes, the Indian piece had 17 dancers dressed in traditional Cabaret dresses with fabulous feathers and lots of sparkling jewellery.

“We did not change the costumes or the music at all because we are representing the French culture here. But keeping the Indian sentiments in mind, we did not go topless,” says Natalie Sims, 29. The dancers of the troupe carried 1,200 kilos of costumes. On their first official trip to India, the dancers have fallen in love with the country and it’s people. “The best thing about being in India is its people — they are very warm and friendly, with beautiful smiles,” says Sims. “The food here is lip-smacking. We have tried different curries — from chicken, fish and lamb. The lamb kebabs and biryani were truly delicious,” she adds.

Another dancer in the troupe Nora Mogalle tells us that she is in love with the traditional Indian dress, Sari. “It is an extremely sexy garment. In our culture, it is common to show arms or legs but a bare midriff is very rare. I hope I get time to buy a couple of pieces.”

Though on a packed schedule with back to back events throughout the week by World of Accor, the girls plan to come back soon to explore more. “We couldn’t see much of the city this time. I plan on coming back to Delhi during my holiday in January next year and see the city at leisure. I would love to walk the streets, go shopping at the local markets and observe the culture more closely,” says Sims. Mogalle on the other hand wants to explore the Gods in Hindu Mythology. “There seems to be a God for everything — from rain to Sun, Moon and Water. There are so many festivals. I would love it if somebody could take me around to the different temples in the city.”