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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Would you like to dance?

The Telegraph reports from Hyderabad:
Steaming hot Mallika Sherawat goes for Rs 10 lakh; not-so-hot-anymore Jayaprada for Rs 35 lakh.

Sounds incredible, but that’s the moolah that was dished out to the actor-turned-Samajwadi MP for a 30-minute dance performance at the recent Lucknow Mahotsav.

And what about Hindustani classical music veterans Bismillah Khan, Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj? The shehnai player was packed off with only Rs 2.5 lakh, and the vocalists for Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, respectively.
All very interesting. But what made me sit up was this line:
Sources said the Rs 35 lakh dished out happily to Jayaprada by the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was possibly the “highest fees she got in her chequered career, the best she’s got till date being only around Rs 5 lakh”.
"[B]y the Mulayam Singh Yadav government?" In other words, we paid for Jayaprada's performance. We poor taxpayers, led on a merry dance by an unaccountable government. And I'm suprised that this scandalous waste of taxpayers' money is not the focus of the story, but the trivial detail of one performer commanding higher fees than some others.

Then again, some people would actually support this spend in the name of promoting Indian art and culture. Pfaw!
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