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Indian Arrival Day to be celebrated on May 5 in Guyana

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By Pragya Jha

Guyana is a small country in the Northern part of Latin America, more in tune with Caribbean culture. It has a significant presence of people of Indian origin.

As Guyana celebrates 178 years of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana , Greater Georgetown  will witness a grand event titled “Indian Arrival Fest 2016” on May 5 which will be hosted by Indian Culture International (ICI) on the lawns of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. This day is celebrated on the memorial arrival of people from Indian subcontinent.

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The event will witness various cultural activities performed by Indian Cultural Centre: The activities performed would be as follows-

  • Presentations by Guyana’s leading Indian Orchestra
  • Dragon Dance by Chinese Dance Troupe
  • Shakti Strings and troupe
  • Performances by Ishara dance troupe
  • Jewan Ka Nritya Dance Troupe
  • Tassa drumming and Tadja Drums
  • Shelitta Dance Troupe
  • Nach Gaana
  • Apsara Dance

The programme would feature some of Guyana’s legendary singers like Celia Samaroo, Sookranie Boodhoo, Rajesh Dubraj, Prince JP, Aarti Sookhai , Steven Ramphal ,Pooran Seeraj and others.

A wide variety of food would be on sale which will include Chinese, Indian, local and International fast foods.

This international event has reduced its admission fees to 50 percent and the sponsor spending $500.

Indian International Culture started hosting events in 1989 to celebrate Indian Arrival Day. However, things changed with the introduction of Indian Arrival Committee. The group would be seen promoting Guyana’s rich culture and diversities.

With input from: Guyana times

Pragya Jha is a student of Journalism in New Delhi. Twittter: @pragya1527

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