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NRI stage beckons Bhojpuri

- Ravi Kissen to speak at Indian diaspora meet in Mauritius

Actor Ravi Kissen has packed his bags for Mauritius, not to shoot but to speak on the Bhojpuri language at Port Louis, the island-nation’s capital, on Saturday.

Kissen is the first Bhojpuri artiste to be invited by the Union ministry of overseas Indian affairs to speak at an Indian diaspora meet organised from October 27-28. The actor will be one of the speakers representing the Bhojpuri language at the regional edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Before leaving for the island-nation from Mumbai on Thursday night, Kissen said: “It is a great privilege for me that the Indian government has given me such a big opportunity. I am honoured.”

Indian high commissioner to Mauritius T.P. Seetharam will inaugurate the meet. Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi will speak on the inaugural day.

Kissen said: “I will speak at a platform where Indian people living across the world will be present and they will listen to me. More than that, I will be representing my mother tongue. Bhojpuri is not only a language, it is playing a pivotal role in building a good relationship between the two countries.”

He added: “Tonight (Thursday), I will catch a flight to Port Louis because the ministry of overseas Indian affairs has instructed me to report at the venue a day in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle.”

Another delegation led by state tourism minister Sunil Kumar is also heading for the meet on Thursday with a package, “Know Your Roots”, for the people of Mauritius.

“A majority of the Mauritians have their roots in Bihar but they have not visited the land of their forefathers. The aim is to tap such people. There are two packages — one two-night and three-day package and another, three-night and four-day package,” said Sunil.

The delegation will return to Bihar on October 31.