Marie Antoinette’s Versailles hide-away – The Sound Kitchen

This week, on The Sound Kitchen, you will hear the answer to the question about the theater sets in Marie Antoinette’s theater in the Château de Versailles. We will celebrate the Independence Day of Bangladesh with an essay by the listener Sultan Sarkar and a look at Holi. There’s listener news, The Sound Kitchen Mailbag, Ollia’s “Happy Moment” and lots of great music – all of that and the new quiz question too! Just click the audio arrow above and enjoy!

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Planète Radio is an RFI division that gives voices to remote populations around the world. You are looking for 3-minute videos about climate change, the environment and pollution – told by the people who are affected by it. Here’s what Planète Radio says about the competition:

“Environmental degradation, climate change, pollution, everyone is talking about it. But, amid articles, figures, and expert reports, what do we really know about the feelings of those who are already affected? The one from the ePOP Fellowship in more than 50 countries enables us to hear from those who never ask for anything but have seen it all. Those who are already living with these changes that are worsening their quality of life. “

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We are very proud that the winner in the ePOP 2020 RFI Club category went to an English-speaking club – Adita Prithika’s RFI Agnichiragu Phoenix Club in Tami Nadu, India. Here is Adita’s award-winning video.

She won a trip to Paris to attend an ePOP workshop (as soon as we have Covid-19 under control!) And five ePOP rotation kits (tripod, lavalier microphone, USB stick, report bag, T-shirt).

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The deadline for entries is April 4th, so get your entries this week!

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This week’s quiz: On February 27th I asked you a question about Marie Antoinette and her little theater in Versailles. Earlier this week we had an article on the UK RFI website about this gem of a theater that the Versailles conservation team – benefiting from the Covid-19 closure – has just restored.

There are three sets from the time Marie Antoinette was performing on the stage of her theater and I asked you what these original sets were supposed to represent.

The answer is: A rustic interior, forest, and Temple of Minerva, the latter being the oldest intact decor in the world dating back to 1754. Raphael Masson, the head of the castle’s conservation department, calls the Temple of Minerva “our own Mona Lisa” “. Incidentally, Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, justice, law, victory and the sponsor of art, Trade and strategy.

The theater with 250 seats is The only 18th century theater in France that still has its original working machinery: everything is still intact and fully functional. Raphael Masson calls it “a miracle of conservation” – which is what it is. The machinery can still do A tree rises from a trap door under the set – pretty incredible 18th century technique, don’t you think? And pretty incredible that it still works!

T.Hut is not the only working machine from the time in the castle – all the sanitary installations for the ornate fountains in the gardens are also original! It’s an amazing place, the Château de Versailles. The inside is a little too cute for me, but the gardens are an absolute dream. Come and see for yourself!

The winners are: Everything from Bangladesh – as a little present from The Sound Kitchen for your national holiday and for your loyalty to the show: Boy, there are always lots of listeners in Bangladesh! Thank you!

Of Naogaon, there’s Abdur Rakib, the member of Shetu RFI Listeners Club; Safayet pants from Sunamganj and Hannan Besakha Akter from Narayanganj, who are both members of the RFI Listeners Club and last but not least: The English RFI listeners Gias Uddin Ahmed from Kishorganj and Abdul Mannan from Chapainawabganj.

Congratulations winner!

Here is the music you heard on this week’s program: Bangladeshi Folk Music Medley arranged by Piaru Khan and performed by the Pradeep Bhattacherjee Ensemble; “Hridoy Aamar Bangladesh” from the movie Egg to prem, written by Habib Wahid and Sohel Arman, performed by Habib Wahid, Arifin Rumi and Prodip Kumar; the overture to the opera Thésée by Jean Baptiste Lully, performed at the Boston Early Music Festival; The Flight of the Bumblebee ”by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Vibez” written and performed by Burna Boy; Happy ”by Pharrell Williams and“ Madeleine ”by Gérard Jounannest and Jean Corti, sung by Jacques Brel.

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