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Bye EasternMosaic, Hello @MelaSABC2. We spoke to co-presenter, @KajalBagwandeen on the new @SABC_2 show

New show will highlight Indians in SA writes Liam Joyce

Kajal Bagwandeen, Zakeeya Patel, Farrah Mia and Jailoshini Naidoo
After 14 years of entertaining viewers from across the country, Eastern Mosaic ended on Sunday, 24 August 2014.  The show has been replaced by Mela, a magazine show with a South African Indian focus. The lifestyle show will include food, health, music and dance. The new show is produced by Red Carpet Productions, which also produces Eastern Mosaic.

Hosted by Kajal Bagwandeen, Zakeeya Patel, Jailoshini Naidoo and Farrah Mia, Mela is a new and modern take on the lifestyle element that Eastern Mosaic gave viewers for 14 years. Bagwandeen said the new show was a fresh and exciting project. “The show will have a South African Indian focus, it is about celebrating our unique culture, although we are Indian, we are South African first, this is my home and the show is going to celebrate that. “Yes, it will have aspects of Bollywood and Kollywood, but the focus is on life here.”

Eastern Mosaic has been on screens since 2000. “We are not rebranding Eastern Mosaic. Mela will be different. The only similarity between the two is that it also focuses on South African Indian culture,” she said. Bagwandeen was a presenter on Eastern Mosaic before joining the cast of Isidingo. She said she was sad to say goodbye. “It is bitter-sweet. It was the only show on television that targeted the Indian community, we grew up with the show and had a great time on it, but all good things must come to an end and change is good. It’s time for a change,” Bagwandeen said.

She said that although some people might resist change, Mela would appeal to everyone and that she enjoyed working with co-presenter, Zakeeya Patel. 
“Zakeeya and I have beautiful chemistry; it’s fun being in the studio with her. It is also different for me being in the studio as opposed to recording on location, but I am enjoying it. The layout is chilled – it is like having a conversation with a friend and that’s what we want for the viewers too.”

Catch Mela, Sundays on SABC 2 at 10.30am

This article first appeared in August 24th issue of the Sunday Tribune Herald. 

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