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All you need to know about the Indian Arrival Fest at Guyana

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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Let Us Celebrate The Diversity In India: Mahesh Bhatt

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Film maker Mahesh Bhatt emphasizes on celebrating diversity. Wikimedia Commons

Film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on Friday stressed on celebrating India’s diversity, with the auteur also lashing out against those imposing their language on the people.

“These are dangerous times. In the age of highest connectivity we are the most divided. That’s why we need story tellers to tell stories which can bring us all together. The glue that held mankind together has withered,” Bhatt said at the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here.

He said it was high time filmmakers realise their responsibility to ‘whip up’ hopes of a better tomorrow, in a scenario where the “structures all around us globally are collapsing”.

“I think the story tellers must do what mamas did at home. When the house fought and children fell apart mama would bring us all together by telling us the fascinating story that kindled hope. That’s what we are celebrating here today,” he said.

Bhatt said the leaders of mankind have no solution for the problems that stare at people. “It is we film makers, we story tellers, we artists who are generous people, Who will whip out from our hearts the idea of a better tomorrow, and then point in the direction and compel people to walk in that direction”.

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King Khan expects stories that bring us together and celebrate our diversity to be made. Wikimedia Commons

Referring to ascetics Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita, he said the great seers and sages of the country had said underlined the need to ‘speak to man in his language’.

“Don’t impose your language on people. This is a great country. And its greatness lies in its diversity. Let us celebrate this diversity,” he said, adding “As long as film makers are there, as long as artists are there, we will dare to hope and defy those who tell us to speak only one language”.

Shah Rukh in his speech hoped that wonderful films with great stories would continue to be made.

“We keep on making these wonderful films, have great stories to tell, and like Bhatt sab said, stories that will bind us together, bring us together, and celebrate our diversity, instead of questioning one another’s individuality,” he added.

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Later, in her speech, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised Bhatt for being “very outspoken”. “When so many people are in fear, Mahesh ji expresses his mind candidly,” she said. (IANS)