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India gets 'French Kiss' for World Music Day celebrations

Music aficionados across nine Indian cities will get to savour French music as three top women singers of France go on an India tour titled "French Kiss" as part of World Music Day celebrations.

music Updated: Jun 20, 2007 19:07 IST

Music aficionados across nine Indian cities will get to savour French music as three top women singers of France go on an India tour titled "French Kiss" as part of World Music Day celebrations.

Mademoiselle K. Anais and Emily Loizeau, who know India as a country of culture, heritage and Bollywood, aim to present their perspectives of French music to bring out the diversity and dynamism of young French songwriters and composers in their tour. The weeklong tour kicked off in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

"'French Kiss' is a sexy way of labelling the tour that will showcase different styles and attitudes of three women singers," said Philippe Martinet of the French embassy.

"The idea was to showcase the younger generation of French singers to India and the people will see the modern vision of French women through their songs."

World Music Day or the Fête de la Musique was initiated in France in 1982 and since then is celebrated on June 21 every year.

The singers, who have never performed in India before, are not worried about audience acceptance and the language barrier.

"I have heard that Indians shake their body a lot during the shows and I want to see that," Mademoiselle K, the 25-year-old rocker, told IANS.

"When you're a musician, you have to go and see the world. Even though everyone might not know French, I'm still very excited, restless and impatient to meet the Indian audience because if anyone loves music, the language will not matter ... it is music that they want to hear."

The seven-day tour will see the singers perform in Chandigarh, Pune, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore.

The singers, who have seen a couple of Hindi movies and have heard some of Bollywood's foot tapping numbers like Ticket To Hollywood from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, think that India is country where obscenity is criticised heavily.

"I have heard that India cares a lot about decency. We wear shorts at home in France, I have come to know that it is seen as vulgar in India," said Anais, who was the lead singer of popular French band "Opossum" which split in 2002.

"But the best think I have felt coming here is that people are not as aggressive as they are in Europe. They are very warm," she added.