Youth Contestants battle on the main stage of Divali Nagar for big $$$$$

Youth Contestants battle on the main stage of Divali Nagar for big $$$$$
Photo : Volunteers of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh perform on the main stage of Divali Nagar 2018

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will be the Chief Patron at Divali Nagar 2018 on Saturday November 03, 2018.

The highlight of the evening will be the Grand Finals of the NCIC Youth Champ Competition featuring fourteen (14) youths vying for thousands of dollars in prizes. The following are the contestants: Sapna Seepaul,  Satyam Videsh Brigelal, Brandon Hosein, Neera Haripersad, Cherish Ragoonanan, Renee Ramsey, Abhijit Anchortassoo, Nisha Beharry, Kavita Boodram, Nandita Dwarika, Akshay Khandoo, Sita Sonnylal,  Ashley Reyann Subah and Aman Phagoe from Suriname.

Photo : Sangeet Milan led by Rukminee-Beepath performs at the Folk Theatre

The evening will also include performances by violinist Sachin Boodram, the Radha Krishna Dance Group, the Sursati Dance Group and the Shooting Stars Tassa Group.

T&TEC Gayatones led by Rishi Gayatones, will be providing music for the contestants.  There will also be renditions of Divali songs by Nadia Madho, Nishard Sultan and Kimlyn Boodram.

The theme for Divali Nagar 2018 is Hindu Reformers. The Yagya that preceded the Nagar highlighted the contribution and impact of several reformers-Kabir Das, Tulsdas, Ramakrishna Parmahansa,  RSS, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Satya Sai Baba and the Arya Pritinidhi Sabha on Hindu society.

Photo: Dr Arvind Singh chat with a visitor 

Divali Nagar opened on Sunday October 28 with Lakshmi Pooja. In attendance at the Opening Night  were the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Multi-Culturalism & the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsy Dolly and the Chief Guest, Satyanand Sarju Beharrylal QC.

“Divali Nagar, now in its 32nd year, is the largest cultural event outside of India.  This impressive cultural show has now extended beyond the shores of Trinidad to New York and Toronto and other cities of the western world,” said Surujdeo Mangaroo, PRO of NCIC.

Photo : Gowtam serves Ramesh Ramsumair pepper roti from the Blue Bird Booth

The food courts provide a wide range of tasty dishes for the entire family. Many local religious, social and cultural groups have booths displaying to the public their role and activities. The folk theatre is a major attraction to many patrons. The Hare Krishna’s vigorous chanting continues to attract patrons.

 A strong police presence ensures the safety of patrons. There is adequate parking available and guards are at hand to ensure the security of vehicles.