“Hindu Panth” (Hindu Denominations) is the theme of the 34th edition of Divali Nagar in Trinidad which runs for a nine-day festival from Saturday October 15 to Sunday October 23, according to Surujdeo Mangaroo, public relations officer of the National Council of Indian culture (NCIC).
This year’s theme is a continuation of the 2018 and 2019 themes of Hindu Saints and Hindu Sacred Books, respectively.
Divali Nagar which began in 1986 has now become a national, and probably, an international institution in terms of its total presentation, glamour, originality, and content. This year 2022 has given us all the much-longed opportunity to stage a full-fledged presentation after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid 10 pandemic.
“Divali Nagar fosters social mobility, and it is an interactive model, worthy of emulation worldwide. The Indian diaspora can proudly claim that it has become the natural contribution to the socio-economic and cultural disposition if the nation-state of Trinidad and Tobago,” Mangaroo said. Chairman of Divali Nagar 2022 is the erstwhile, Sahadeo Partap.
Some of the highlights include the Dance Competition on Wednesday October 19th and the Youth Champ Competition on Friday October 21, and at the main stage there will be a network of cultural presentations reflecting the Indian diaspora which has had its origins from several states in India on May 30, 1845.
Divali Nagar continues to attract visitors from India, Canada, England. Guyana, Holland, Suriname and the Caribbean, and it is projected that visitors from Africa, Asia and the Pacific countries would also attend. “It is our flagship event has been able to foster further ethnic unity in our land and several countries are taking a page from our social, religious and cultural setting, all of which augur well for the unity and brotherhood of all mankind”, Managaroo pointed out.
He identified some 80 business organizations would set up sales booths.
“Divali Nagar provides employment for scores of people from the ground level, entertainers, orchestras, musicians, tassa drummers and stage personnel as well as security officers. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.