Our Interview on MBC Bol Bandhu – Part 1
After a long period of absence in the blogosphere, find a backlog of so many posts that my blog could be updated with. But to get started with the latest news, let me share the experience of my interview on MBC Bhojpuri Channel. MBC stands for Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, which is the national Radio/TV station in Mauritius (www.mbcradio.tv).
It was on Saturday 7 Dec. 2013 that was the National Drama Festival’s Award Ceremony for all the 10 participating languages. Awards were offered to the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.
Then got the opportunity after having watched the very interesting drama ‘Vibration’ by the officers of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Drama Unit), which focused on les ‘jeu de lumieres’, to meet the Best Director for the Bhojpuri category, Ritesh M. It was during the socialisation process that we got a proposal to appear for the weekly programme ‘Bol Bandhu’! It was a great honour and priviledge for getting such an opportunity! I was a bit hesitating to speak and to put instead my cousin to speak as I believe my Bhojpuri is not fluent enough. 🙂
On Thursday 12 Dec. 2013, we were present at the studio of MBC for recording. We were warmly welcomed by Ritesh and we got the opportunity to also meet Mamie Cloun and Sam Ammigan who were around to do recording of ‘Ti Galet’ in Studio A.
After a briefing session, we were in the make-up room. Felt a bit nostalgic as I still remember my first make-up by Mrs. Marie Therese-Rakha in around 1998-1999 for the studio recording of the full-length Hindi Play ‘Seet-Basant’.
Time to enter Studio C:
After the Sound Mixer technician fixed our mic phones, then, Lights, Camera, Action!
It was a great fun session. I admit that it is different feeling when you are in studio with the ‘silence complet’, the big cameras rolling before you, and the lights etc. But the presenter was very cool and his fun jokes part made us feel more relax and confident.
After the recording we had a small visit at the different studios and also got the opportunity to socialise with other key persons working in Bhojpuri programmes: Mr. Arvind B. and Mrs. Narvada K. , head of the Bhojpuri Channel. We had a great chat time over a cup of tea.
After which, bid farewell to Ritesh and another friend continued to make us visit some other very interesting parts at the MBC, for eg. ‘La Regie Finale’ and one other room where all the signals from different channels (BBC, CCTV, France 24 etc) are captured and are re-routed. I was pretty impressed by the technical work of these people who almost spend their life before big screens (with multipel small views in them) and lots of buttons in their ‘keyboard’.
So friends, I will keep it short for today, BUT, do watch out for the Part 2 on Bol Bandhu which will be broadcasted on Wednesday 25 Dec. 2013 at 21:00 – MBC Bhojpuri Channel.