Mohan Nandu & Gobin Ram (my brother-in-law) were & remained the two best singers that Guyana ever produced.
They were fierce competitors with each other, especially at the Maha Sabha Fairs (then British Guiana Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha) at (the Indian) Everest Cricket Club Ground, then the East Indian Club.
I can distinctly remember in 1963, as a member of Gemini Orchestra (Gobin’s Band), when Gobin & Mohan (Uitvlugt Community Centre Band) sang in the ‘Classical (Indian Singing) Competition’. Gobin Ram won the competition & the fans were either ecstatic or disappointed, and up to 2 o’clock on the Sunday morning were still arguing on the pavement & on the street outside of the ground on who won.
Meanwhile, all the members of both Bands went to Gobin Ram’s house in Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, where I also lived, & had a huge party until after 6 o’clock in the morning. That was the nature of their friendship as they respected each other’s talent.
In 1993 when I went to Guyana for Gobin Ram’s funeral, Mohan Nandu was there singing all night with us, & stayed over to attend Gobin’s funeral the next day. That is the mark of a ‘True Gentleman’.
Roy, Dhanraj Singh
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