The most renowned Show Hosts, Anchors and MCs
The world of entertainment certainly keeps growing and evolving by each passing year. The content, the participants, the audience, the concept, the production and so much more ascertains the success of an event. Another important factor is who narrates it and how. Some of the best stories, films or shows have made it big because of great storytelling. The art of keeping the audience interested and glued is a skill very few possess. In the world of Live Events, these geniuses are called Master of Ceremonies or better known as MCs.
Vivaah Celebrations (IG: @vivaahcelebrations), one of the most recognized names in destination wedding planning spoke to the finest Show Hosts and MCs in the world of events to understand what it takes to be on the top (of the stage) and make yourself heard, literally.
One of the most recognized faces on the Indian television and Live events is Sachin Kumbhar (IG: @imsachinkumbhar) An anchor, voice over artist and an actor with over 8 years of experience, he has hosted leading sporting events, several high-profile shows, corporate events and destination weddings globally. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Sachin what are the main differences in a commercial event versus a wedding celebration?
“One would say, as an anchor one just has to speak and deliver the lines. But there is a difference between the presentation style for each and every genre of events.
The approach, the spontaneity, the demeanour, the casualness or the seriousness, all depend on the format of the show and the event requirements.
In a corporate event, the audience mostly consists of people who don’t meet each other on a regular basis or more often know each other on a professional level, so an anchor has to work on keeping them involved and maintain the energy throughout.
Whereas at a wedding event, most of the attendees know each other and are already pumped up, looking forward to having a crazy time. The anchor has to be the one who gets the two sides of the families together and add more zest to the party.
In both the event formats, an anchor needs to keep it conversational yet fun, but most importantly have his or her own style.” – Sachin Kumbhar
India-based Anchor and Actor, Sonam Chhabra (IG: @sonamcchhabra) is one of the most sought-after MC and is also considered an inspiration to other women pursuing this craft. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Sonam how have she has evolved over time, both in her profession and her social presence?
“Thank you so much for calling me an ‘inspiration’, although I feel I have miles to go before I sleep. My journey so far has been nothing short of surreal. Being an artist is not just about the glitz and glamour, it’s actually much more than meets the eye. It’s a process of continuous learning, unlearning and evolving. Some of the factors which need to align to create a successful performance are scripting, styling, shooting, lighting, outfit, hair & make up but most importantly, a positive mindset. Performance arts include building a relationship of trust with the audience, backstage team, brands, corporations and every stakeholder in the ecosystem.”
I believe one should value the life one has been gifted with rather than complaining about the odds. I have built my career on a foundation of morals, ethics and hard work. It’s been a journey of self-discovery and evolution. Honestly, early on in my career I wanted to control everything happening around me, I wanted to look a certain way, talk a certain way, be proper all the time etc. but now I feel more at ease with myself, my appearance, the way I speak. I feel confident and have evolved in the way I feel about myself. As an artist, I am not in the race to win the gold. Our craft is subjective. I just wish to connect with my audience, be my authentic self, take the pressure off and create magic! Thank you for the love!” – Sonam Chhabra
Raja Mukherjee (IG: @rajarme) is a talent of a different breed – a rap artist, music producer as well as an MC. Maggi K. of Vivaah Celebrations asks Raja how he incorporates these talents together in a corporate show or a wedding celebration?
“Let’s put it this way, I am an artist and microphone is my weapon of choice. All of these skill sets, I have honed over a decade of being an entertainer with a lot of drive and passion to the art form.
Be it a rapper, music producer, content creator, MC – the core requirement is 2 things – a mic and me.
Just like a guitarist can play multiple genres of music, I use the mic to play a variety of characters on stage and in my videos. I love to customize the experience when I am on stage, I don’t look at things like an MC or a presenter for an event. I look at it like I am an experience provider and the stage is where I feel at my best. It opens up a different version of me.
I am also the world’s 1st corporate rapper – I have made theme songs for large multi-national corporations such as P&G, Perfetti Van Melle and Sanofi. In addition to this, renowned Indian brands like HDFC ERGO, Glenmark and many more. All this within a year and a half, 2020 included.
I love curating special segments and moments in wedding occasions because you are responsible for giving them that one experience that they will not forget about in their entire lifetime. What else can an entertainer ask for? I live to create moments like these.
I believe, as an entertainer, if you have the vision to do it, then the world is your stage and you are the rockstar!” – Raja Mukherjee
Entertaining audiences all over the country, India-based MC Jay Karmani (IG: @anchor_jk) has carved out a niche for himself in the business of wedding entertainment. Vivaah Celebrations asked Jay why he chooses to incorporate a lot of interactive games between both sides of the families at a wedding celebration and what is the thought process behind these fun-filled activities?
“I always believe in entertaining my audience throughout the wedding. The best way to do this is by involving both the families and do some fun-filled interactive sessions with them. So, usually it’s the bride side versus the groom side competition where I give them points after every game on the basis of their performance and participation. The thought process behind these activities is to have fun, create that vibe and energy which will make the families happy and continue throughout the celebrations” – Jay Karmani
RJ / DJ Abhijeet (IG: @rjdjabhijeet) is one of the most recognized face and voice in the UAE with a massive fan following in the region. Vivaah Celebrations asked Abhijeet how easy or difficult it is for him to manage situations with a fan frenzy audience when hosting a wedding celebration?
“It is of course an amazing feeling to be recognized by people regularly, and it does get challenging at times when you are hosting events. The people want to meet you or take pictures with you. The responsibility is on my shoulders as a MC to balance this and ensure I’m doing justice to the job I’ve been hired to do while also reciprocating the love I get from my listeners.” – Abhijeet Adhvaryu
Vivaah Celebrations is a premier Wedding Planning & Management company operating locally and globally for Destination Weddings under the leadership of Rahul Kumar who has over a decade of experience planning and managing weddings globally. To plan your next event, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org