London QC is Chief Guest at Opening Night of Divali Nagar 2018

London QC is Chief Guest at Opening Night of Divali Nagar 2018
Photo : Satyanand Sarju Beharrylal

Satyanand Sarju Beharrylal, QC will be the Chief Guest at the Opening Night of the 32nd Annual Divali Nagar on Sunday October 28, 2018 between 7-9:00 p.m. at Endeavour, Chaguanas.

Beharrylal, a son of Penal and a former pupil of St Benedict’s College, La Romaine, was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1997 at age 22 and has distinguished himself before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council.  In 2017 the Independent Queen’s Counsel Commission in London appointed him QC, becoming the first T&T lawyer to be appointed QC since 1976.

Also scheduled to bring greetings are Dr The Honourable Nyan Gadsby Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and Mr Robin Lewis, General Manager, Retail and Commercial Banking of First Citizens.

 Dr Deokinanan Sharma, President of National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) will be delivering the welcome address.

MC for the program and Public Relations Officer of NCIC Surujdeo Mangaroo promises an evening of not just speeches but also entertainment: Tassa by the T&T Sweet Tassa Academy; songs by Veejai Ramkissoon and Nirmala Sesnarayan; and dances by the Shiv Shakti Dance Group.

Photo : Surujdeo Mangaroo

The theme of Divali Nagar 2018 is Hindu Reformers. Preceding Divali Nagar is the annual Ramayan Yagya (October 17- 23, 2018). In his discourses Pandit Abhedanand Persad Sharma  shared with his congregation the life and impact of  modern day reformers on Hindu society such as Ramakrishna Parmahansa, A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Kabir Das, Sri Satya Sai Baba, Arya Pritinidhi Sabha and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh.

“Divali Nagar is the most impactful and premier cultural event in the Caribbean. It is broadcast live across the globe through the medium of cable television and social media,” said Surujdeo Mangaroo, PRO of NCIC.

“Divali Nagar offers a safe and crime free environment for your family. NCIC is putting everything in place to ensure that this nine-night cultural festival is safe for all,” said Surujdeo.