Patil treated to Bollywood numbers in Cambodia
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 19:35
Phnom Penh: President Pratibha Patil was entertained at a state banquet, with performers rendering famous Bollywood numbers along with compositions of former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk, who is an accomplished artist.

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni held a banquet in honour of Patil and her husband Devisingh Shekhawat here yesterday.

The highlight of the evening was an Apsara dance, followed by the local Moni Mekhala Dance and the Fan dance. The Apsara and Moni Mekhala dances seem to have been inspired by Indian culture.

The Apsara (angels) were born from the foam of the "sea of milk" during the struggle between the Gods and the Yaksas, according to local legend.

Moni Mekhala (Goddess of water) is basically a dance duet between her and Roeung Ream Eysaur (Storm Spirit). It is the story of the "purest archetypal contest between the masculine and feminine principles. It is acknowledged by the local Khmer as one of their most popular legends".

The Fan Dance performers use fans as important instruments in their performance. It is said to represent the blessings of Lord Indra's paradise and is traditionally offered as a mark of respect and expression of best wishes to the Khmer sovereigns.

The dance is said to have come into vogue during the rein of Khmer King Jayavarman VII.

Some compositions of former king Sihanouk, who has been unwell for sometime, like "Phnom Penh", "Un Bonheur Evanescent", "Seduction", "Star of Love", "Passion" were also performed.

The king is an accomplished performer himself. A total of nine of his compositions were performed at the banquet.

Famous composer and Oscar winner A R Rahman's compositions were the toast of the evening. "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire and his version of Vande Mataram (also sung by Rahman) were rendered here by Cambodian singers.

Ace filmmaker and everlasting Indian ambassador for friendship with countries like the erstwhile USSR, Raj Kapoor, was also recalled with his famous Mera Jutaa Hai Japani and Awaara Hun, sung by the orchestra.

The recent Hollywood hit from the movie "Hum Tum" was also rendered by the artists. The President and the Indian contigent here seemed visibly pleased with the performances. The menu was a delight too.

It included Pan Fried Duck Foie Gras, Red Port and Orange Glazed apples for starters, Double Chicken Consomme' with Chicken Quennelles and Gold Straw, Ravioli with Spinach and St Maure Cheese Creamy tomato sauce, raspberry sorbet, pan-roasted veal tenderloin with Marquise Potato and spring vegetables and Kampot Green pepper sauce, and dark chocolates and nut tarts and red fruit tartar for dessert.


First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 19:35

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