[www.inewsguyana.com] – Several international artistes including leading talents of Guyanese heritage will perform at three concerts across Guyana to celebrate the 177th anniversary of Indian arrival.
The country’s national Indian culture rights body – the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) announced that it will be holding three Hamara Guyana Concerts.
“The first is on Friday May 1 at the National Stadium, Providence, inclusive of a CHOKA FEST, Saturday May 2 at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, Essequibo and Tuesday May 5 (National Holiday) at the Albion Sports Complex in Berbice. Gates open from 15 hrs.”
According to the IAC, “These artistes include our very own Terry Gajraj and Marissa Deodat along with top local singers and dancers. There will also be special appearances by KI and his full Band along with Sally Sargam out of Trinidad and Tobago at the National Stadium. Sally Sargam and Neval Chatelal will be performing at Albion while Sally and another top young Trinidad artiste will be on in Essequibo.”
“Other featured attraction will include A Choka Fest at the National Stadium which will see a wide variety of Chokas along with Seven Curry food booths, special delicacies out of India, a wide range of sweetmeats and non alcoholic beverages. There will be free mehendi and face painting from 17hrs – 19hrs at the events along with lots of games and fun activities for the children. There will be various exhibits to showcase the three major religion of Guyana as well as various aspects of the Indian Cultural and Yoga demonstration. Admission: Adult – $500 and Children FREE. Vehicle parking will be free at the National Stadium. All our events are family oriented with No alcohol allowed.”
The IAC is a non – profit, non-governmental organisation established in 2003 to deal with issues and concerns of persons of Indo Guyanese origin and promote Indian Culture in all its aspects throughout Guyana.
The Indian Arrival Committee has over the years highlighted the history of the Arrival of East Indians in this country being with the arrival of the ships Whitby and Hesperus 5th May 1838, some 177 years ago. A total of 245 ships which made 534 voyages across the Kaala Pani landed just over 239,000 persons alive, the vast majority of the indentured labourers.