Press 2000 (extracts)

The Indian Embassy has supported this artiste on several occasions, awarding her our patronage for performances which are aesthetically and technically of very high quality. It is extremely rare for an occidental to be able to master with such talent and such grace the classical Bharata-Natyam style. In recognition of the quality of this artiste, her devotion, her skill and her knowledge, we continue to support and encourage her work, the aim of which is to bring about a better understanding of and to conserve one of the most ancient forms of classical Indian dance in the west.
His Excellency Kamsal Sikal, Indian Ambassador,
Paris, May 2000.
 
 
The "nec plus ultra" of Bharata-Natyam. Manochhaya is French, but this does not stop her being one of the finest Bharata-Natyam dancers today . . . her unique performance of the rituals, with such physical perfection and virtuosity in movements as one imagined could only be seen in the temple carvings.
Le Figaroscope, Paris, April 2000

 

Manochhaya expressed perfectly the most difficult and most subtle aspects of this sacred Indian art rhythmic virtuosity, precision of the sculptural line and the richness of facial expression. The high point of the evening was the asthapati (Gita - Govinda) where the dancers improvisation was simply marvellous...
La Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest, April 2000.

Indian Tour 2000
Press Articles


When she dances, the expression of Indian culture is so authentic and attains such a degree of excellence that no foreign element can be detected. In the shankarabaraba varnam Manochhaya interpreted the role of the heroine in a most extraordinary manner and with absolutely perfect poses. As brilliant as a star in the highest firmament, her thillana completed the performance.
Prajavani, August 2000

She learnt all that could make a Bharata-natyam performance to be a delicate piece of exquisite beauty.
Andolana Eveninger, August 2000

Although this dancer is of French origin, she was received with full honours by two great institutions of music and dance, Guru Guha Sangita Sabha and Yuvasruthy.
The Times of India, August 2000

At the end of Manochhaya's recital, knowledgeable connoisseurs remarked "Occident is not only met the Orient but also sublimated it to great heights of beauty"
Yuva Shruti Sangitha Sabha Trust, Mysore, August 2000

Dance of the soul : The two hours non-stop Bharata-natyam was a connoisseur's delight. She has an attractive build, expressive face, chiselled abhinaya and a mercurial movement . . . In the five items . . . Manochhaya received full-hearted appreciation and approbation by the discerning rasikas not as a concession but as her right. The high professional and aesthetic qualities she exhibited in depicting Balakrishna's pranks on Gopi (Shabdam), the lovelorn damsel's feelings for her beloved (Ashthapati) and in the graceful nritta in Padavarna were highly commendable.
The Hindu, G.T. Narayana Rao, August 2000

Presse 2001 (extracts)

Every year in June, during the World Festival of Sacred Music (Morocco) the Rencontres de Fès brings together personalities from different geographic, cultural and religious backgrounds, to open a debate on the questions posed at Davos and Porto Alegre on globalisation and Spirituality, avoiding any unique train of thought or a priori... The conference and performance of Manochhaya - Katia Légeret brought together action and contemplation, that the circulation of wealth should have as its aim the intelligence of the heart... This is a sacrificial economy where each gesture is offered and thus rectifies the illusion of separation from reality.
Résau Nord-Sud, Culture et Développement, Bruxelles, 2001


A glorious ending to the Festival of Sacred Music this beautiful Indian dancer (photo of Manochhaya on stage at the Jnan Palace) performed during the symposium on the theme of Spirituality
The Economist, Morocco, June 2001


The International Festival Musique et Images du Monde at Tours Manochhaya is today at the summit of her art . . . such rhythmic virtuosity and precision in the sculptural poses. . . an exceptional performance!
Nouvelle République du Centre-Ouest, July 2001


Paris, Performance at the Auditorium St Germain, 17th June Manochhaya is a Bharata-natyam dancer (Classical Indian dance), quite simply exceptional!
Figaroscope, Paris, June 2001


Festival of Traditional Arts at the Vinci International Conference Centre a festival devoted to the Spiritual with such artists as Munadjat Yulchieva from Uzbekistan, the Gambuh group from Bali, Wang Weiping from China and a choreography of Sacred dance from South India, by the French dancer Manochhaya . . . bringing to life through theatre, dance and music, the great Tradition which comes from the depths of time.
Nouvelles Clés, Paris, spring 2001


Manochhaya, all the grace of India
Initiations, l'Agenda, Bruxelles, 2001


Forum Orient - Occident with Manochhaya, . . . an artiste of exceptional quality, who gave a remarkable demonstration of the gestual language of Indian music.
La Nouvelle République, March 2001


Presse 2002 (extracts)


The International Festival Musique et Images du Monde at Tours : this Doctor in Science of Art at the Sorbonne University of Paris is one of the world's greatest dancers of Bharata-natyam. . . Even her most impressive technical prowesses are excelled by her beauty and grace.
Nouvelle République , Tours, November 2002


The spiritual dimension of international relations Manochhaya - Katia Légeret's intervention turns around the citizenship of the heart. (Among others she dances on the texts of the astrophysician Trinh Xuan Thuan).
Le Matin, Morocco, June 2002

The symbol that Manochhaya-Katia Légeret, Doctor in Science of Art, proposed at the Rencontres de Fès "Ways of Wisdom" was Indian dance, in the patio courtyard of ryad Sheherazad... With a serene smile... she showed how the spiritual path is an intermingling, a dialogue between the Other and with oneself, how the world is seen through the aesthetic sentiment which goes beyond words and which opens the way to understanding and to vibrate with the universe. Mondialisation (globalisation) has - she says - forgotten its origins, its roots; the origin of the word "monde". In Latin, the word "mundus" signifies jewel, ornament, finery, that which makes beautiful.
La Medina, Morocco, August 2002


Manochhaya (Katia Légeret) links this immersion in the depths of Indian arts to education... She establishes new solutions for the preservation of the traditional culture of India... The soul of gesture a discovery of the energetic and creative gestures - the mudra, essential to all Indian art as well as yoga.
L'Eventail, Bruxelles, September 2002