Hindu reformers, theme for Divali Nagar 2018 in Trinidad
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: The works and times of several Hindu reformers will form part of the 32nd annual Divali Nagar of the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) scheduled to commence Sunday October 28 and terminate on Monday November 5 at Divali Nagar Facility, Endeavour, Chaguanas, according to Surujdeo Mangaroo, Public Relations Officer of NCIC.
Raja Rammohan Roy, Debendtanath Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Daboba Pamdurang, Sriddharalu Naidu, Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Swami Vivekananda’s profiles and their contributions to Indian society with specific reference to Hinduism and Indian Thought will be exquisitely designed by NCIC’s Thematic Director, Baba Satnarayan Mourya of Mumbai, India for free public viewing.
Mangaroo informed: “The Folk Theatre will feature local artistes on a nightly basis showcasing their talents in song, music, dance, drama and folk items as well as hygienically prepared vegetarian food in the Food Court.
“Highlights of the Nagar will be visits by the Hon. Dr Nyan Gadsy Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and The Arts, former Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, and now Leader of the Opposition, Her Excellency Paula Mae-Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and Satyanand Sarju Beharrylal, Q.C., our Chief Guest,”
Main stage programming starts at 6 p.m. nightly. The Grand Finals of the dance contest will be held on Wednesday October 31 where ten of Trinidad and Tobago’s top Indian performers will vie for Dance Champion 2018 while the International Miss NCIC/Divali Nagar Queen Pageant will be held on Sunday Nov. 4.
Mangaroo said: “A precursor to the Nagar is the annual Divali Yagna which runs from Wednesday October 17th to October 23rd , featuring India-trained Pundit Abhedanand Persad Sharma.
“Divali Nagar has been able to rekindle the thoughts and wisdom and message of our ancient Hindu tradition, and the stage has now become the epicenter of Hindu religious, social, cultural activities year round. Divali Nagar has now become a global brand name as hundreds of visitors from India, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean visit to learn more about Hinduism as there are several booths giving information on the several disciplines in Hinduism.
“The presence of Divali Nagar which was initiated by the NCIC in 1986 has brought a new meaning, a new ethos and a new view of Hinduism and Indian culture in Trinidad and Tobago, and our celebration has ignited a network of similar programs in the Caribbean, North America and England.
“This year’s Divali Nagar is projected to increase participation in terms of religious, cultural, social and commercial booths, and commensurate with this activity we anticipate in excess of 100,000 patrons visiting, and attendance is free of charge to the public. I must also mention that if you want to see the high level of cultural diversity and religious respect for Hinduism as a major world religion, the place to be is at Divali Nagar,” Managaroo concluded.