Kala Utsav, an annual presentation of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, again thrilled and inspired hundreds who attended the Utsav last Sunday.
Kala Utsav was declared open by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds performing the functions of the President.
Dr. Vindhya Persaud who was the Master of Ceremonies for the day’s rich cultural presentation in introducing Mr. Hinds said he stands out in his attendance record at the Sabha’s functions.
Mr. Hinds declared that it’s always a pleasure for him to participate at functions of the Sabha and he always cherishes his experience when he joins in the circumambulation of the Holika.
Culture, Youth and Sports Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, spoke of the many activities of the Dharmic Sabha and its fine leadership. He spoke of pandits’ classes which the Sabha conducts.
He was unreserved in his praise for the organisation and the cultural work it has been doing over the year and the dynamism with which it fosters rich Indian culture, making references to the many aspects.
At the opening of Kala Utsav the Sabha’s President, Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud, said that the Sabha has a commendable record in teaching and developing Indian art forms and declared that many of those who came out of the Kendra and Kala Utsav are now in various parts of the world entertaining, appearing at mandirs and other cultural events.
Dharmic Nritya Sangh cannot be easily excluded for praise for the excellent work Dr. Vindhya Persaud is doing in the dance class. He said work of the Nritya Sangh has removed any stigma placed on Indian dance.
At present in Guyana parents spend time to have their children enrolled at dance classes at the Kendra declared Pandit Persaud. He ended with strong assurances that the Sabha is well organized and cannot be manipulated or shifted and stands unmoved in uniting the Hindu community and promoting Hinduism.
The morning’s proceedings began with Ramayan Chanting which permitted one Chowpai and one Doha which had to be completed within limited time. In this special feature Anuradha Sukhai of Central Corentyne was first; Pradeep Singh of Upper Corentyne, second; and Ganapattie Dyal of East Coast Demerara, third.
In Male Singing – Mahesh Narine of West Coast Berbice captured the first place; Busjith Navendra of West Coast Demerara, second; and Rampaul Sookdeo of East Coast Demerara, third place.
Female Singing – Morisha Gobin of Upper Corentyne earned the first place; Vidya Ram of Georgetown, second and Rajshree Sookhram of Central Corentyne, third.
In Classical Dancing West Coast Berbice Group secured the first place; Central Corentyne Group, second; and East Coast Demerara Group from Better Hope Mandir, third.
In the Kirtan Singing on which the Sabha places great emphasis, particularly because of its collective content, Central Corentyne Chesney Mandir placed first; Central Corentyne Tain Mandir was second and Georgetown was declared third.
The instrumental category had its own fascination because of the modern instruments used. The prizes went as follows West Berbice, Central Corentyne and West Coast Demerara.
Duet Singing has always attracted the audience 1st place Vishalie & Aartie Sukhram, 2nd Vidya Ram & Deepa and 3rd Yashoda Bushram & Narisa Persaud
Folk Dancing witnessed East Coast Demerara winning first;, Central Corentyne, second; and Essequibo third.
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