The dimly lighted Moulin Rouge one of the places to unwind with live music in Park Street is still the essence of old kolkata's version of the real Moulin Rouge in Paris, complete with the trademark windmill at its entrance and is one of the oldest popular night spots and dining restaurants of kolkata.
The Moulin Rouge is located in the famous red-light district of Pigalle, the eighteenth arrondissement of Paris, near Montmartre is one of the most famous clubs in Paris, which opened on October 6 1889 by Charles Zidler. The Moulin Rouge was born on the success of Moulin de la Galette, a restaurant dancing made in 1870 in an old windmill at the top of Montmartre. Zeidler Charles and Joseph Oller , the then owners of the Olympia thought about creating a cabaret same style as the Moulin de la Galette in Pigalle , at the foot of Montmartre, and build upon a mill obviously fake, given the lack of wind in that area.
His success was almost immediate, even for the repertoire of dances and performances, including the famous Can-Can born from the quadrille naturalistic, absolutely revolutionary for its time, but which were considered licentious by the public and that they had in 1898, a portrait of exception as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a frequent visitor of the districts of Pigalle and Montmartre.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec found in many local sources of inspiration and drew many of the usual frequenters of the place, especially the ballerina Louise Weber nicknamed La Goulue the greedy. It seems that in 1891 was just Toulouse-Lautrec to persuade the dancer to leave the Moulin de La Galette for the Moulin Rouge founded two years earlier. For the occasion, he designed and had printed the famous poster with the representation of Moulin Rouge.
During the early twentieth century , his repertoire became partially leaving large space operetta and paving the way to success in Mistinguett, in the unanimous opinion today recognized as the most popular star of Parisian venue. With the spread of cinema, towards the end of the thirties, the fame of the Moulin Rouge, it seemed dim, but it was only for a transitional period. Already in the Second World War, the rising stars of French song Edith Piaf and Yves Montand again conspired to increase the reputation of this place that has now entered the realm of myth.
Even today, the Moulin Rouge has remained a popular attraction for tourists thanks to the ever rich supply of shows of entertainment and dancing. Distinguished artists were cast over the years by the red windmill, including La Goulue, Josephine Baker, Frank Sinatra, Yvette Guilbert , Jane Avril , Mistinguett, Le petomane and Edith Piaf. The Moulin Rouge was also the subject of several paintings post-impressionist made by such Toulouse-Lautrec.
Toulouse-Lautrec to paint over different advertising posters for the room, painted a famous painting titled At the Moulin Rouge. From 1889 to 1952, at the Parisian nightclub, worked there a permanent orchestra, with nearly seventy elements, and with a fixed musical director. The band played every night as an opening, the famous Can-Can by Offenbach and other dance music.
In the morning, when the place was closed, the dancers were practicing in the rehearsal room, accompanied by a pianist.