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Saturday morning, r1lita and dadandry informed me about a bloggers meeting, “Tanà miblaogy”, which would be held on the afternoon. We, DagoMc, Moonlightgirl and I,  decided to go there with the guys.

Phi Quest CaféSo, at 4.00 p.m., the five of us arrived at Phi Quest in Antaninandro. While waiting for the others to come, we ordered some tea and coffee.

In fact, this “Tanà miblaogy” was the 5th edition but was the first one my friends and I attended. My first impression was good cuz we had a very nice talk.

Some faces were new for me: Tattum, Tony Rakoto and Elsifaka. Nice to meet you guys. I’ve already met and had co-worked with Saveoursmile (or Madafan). Barijaona was a “little bit late” 🙂 .

Here are some bloggers

Such meeting is always great cuz, first, it is an occasion to see face of nicknames we are used to talk to on the net; then, I really appreciated the exchanges of experience, opinion, idea and, the most important, the FUN.

DagoMc and I were interested in Tony Rakoto and Elsifaka’s work which deals with informing all nice parties to go to in Tana (and in Fianarantsoa) on Tananalife. We also joked around with Princess Dadandry 🙂 [I did it]

Huh… my last comment: you are not mistaken, yes, on the pic, it’s Sponjy Bob… our mascot LOOOOL

on Tana miblaogy meeting

Fun, friendship, discussion… but bloggers tools are always present

Read also Tana Miblaogy by:

Tattum : Antananarivo miblaogy 5.0

Saveoursmile: Mon antananarivo Miblaogy 5

R1lita: Antananarivo Miblaogy 5 – When I Met The Bloggers


Monday, I passed by Rarihasina at Analakely and was attracted by this parasol where portraits were hanged up. I decided to come nearer to see the beauty of the works and I could not restrain myself to talk to the responsible.


His name is Mahery and he is a portrait painter.

Mahery told that when he was only a child, his relatives were already convinced that he was exceptionally good at drawing.

In 2002, Mahery decided to sign up for some training at the Cercle Germano-Malagasy ( German Cultural Center) to improve his know-how.

Mahery’s first customers met him in an art gallery, Gasik’Art Creation at Ambondrona. Since December 2008, Mahery has decided to go nearer the public and after several tries, now he has chosen to stay in front of Rarihasina at Analakely from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

From 2002 to 2008, Mahery made different paintings from landscapes to portraits. For he has discovered that malagasy people were more interested in portraits, Mahery then prefers to deal only with this.

There are two kinds of portraits:

– For the “portrait minutes“, the person sits to be the model. This portrait can be realized within 30 minutes. A 24X32 cm of portrait costs 12,000 Ariary.


– Mahery can also make a copy of a picture. This one is more expensive with a minimum price of 40,000 Ariary for this kind of portrait can take 24 hours to realize.

Mahery has already make portraits of famous Malagasy singers and actors such as Rolf, Honorat (of Fohy Hehy), Aina Quach, Kaliba…

The tool that Mahery mostly use is pastel but can use pencils or paints as well.

Mahery confided that portrait painting is enough to make him live. He said that Malagasy people are more and more interested in arts and in portrait paintings; nevertheless, they are not yet conscious of the real value of an art and most of the time find it expensive. “We, artists, would dream of a special place devoted for us to work and to exhibit our arts”, added Mahery.


Mahery believes that being gifted is not enough, he would like to go abroad to get more knowledge about this domain. While waiting for this chance, he is sharing his skill to youngsters from 14 to 20.

To contact Mahery, you can join him directly in front of Rarihasina at Analakely or call him through the numbers (+261) 033 08 026 80 or (+261) 032 40 820 33 or email him at

Femme, réveille-toi, c’est le matin;

Ton mari, tes enfants auront bientôt faim.

Femme, es-tu allée chercher de l’eau?

Ne traîne pas, regarde tout ce boulot.

Femme, pendant que bébé dors encore,

Pourquoi tu n’iras pas piler du riz dehors?

Femme, allume le feu, cuis le riz,

Va prendre des brèdes pour midi.

Femme, les assiettes, les marmites sont sales;

Femme, qu’attends-tu pour faire la vaisselle?

Femme, la lessive est-elle terminée?

As-tu déjà rentré les canards, les poulets?

Femme, qu’est-ce qui cuit?

Encore du manioc? mais où est le riz?

Femme, calme ton bébé qui pleure;

Ton mari est fatigué, il dort.

Femme, toi qui as, tous les jours,

Travaillé aussi dur

Pour tes enfants, ton mari;

Femme, repose-toi aujourd’hui.


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