BY SULTAN JESSA
Top Passion, a non-profit musical theatre group founded in 1993 in Gatineau, Quebec, is breaking new grounds in trying something no Canadian company has ever dared to attempt.
“It takes around two years to prepare for a colossal production like Taj Mahal,” explains Yves Marchand.
His wife Brigitte Trepanier nods in agreement.
“This musical pays tribute to centuries old Indian culture.”
Marchand said with their production of Taj Mahal, they want to assure a professional product with professional singers, dancers, musicians and extras.
Taj Mahal will be presented on March 20 and 21, 2020.
The imposing Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world, is located on the right bank of Yamuna River in a vast Mughal gardens.
More than 7,000,000 tourists from around the world visit the Taj every year.
Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz.
It is said it took 22,000 people 20 years to finish this monument of love.
It is also said artisans involved in the construction of Taj Mahal had their fingers chopped so that a structure like this could not be built again.
This immense mausoleum of white marble and semi precious stones was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife.
The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universal admired masterpieces of the world heritage.
Marchand said Top Passion has an army of professional and talented artists and singers.
Trepanier added in the past 26 years they have presented 13 major productions at Maison dw la culture de Gatineau.
“We have never done anything like Taj Mahal before,” she said,
One of their productions, Cleopatra was a big hit, with audiences talking about it for a long time.
Marchand is quick to add Taj Mahal will have 17 singers, 20 dancers and a cast of many others who include children and extras.
Both, Marchand and Trepanier are passionate about their work.
The hall where Taj Mahal will be presented can accommodate 800 people at one time.
“Taj Mahal is the most impressive production we have ever tried,” said Marchand.
More information about Taj Mahal and other past productions can be found at www.toppassion.ca