By Mondale Smith
Former radio broadcaster Robert Duane Lallji is back on home soil to launch several historical projects.
Lallji, who spent more than a decade in broadcasting at the Guyana Broadcasting Corporation, (GBC) has just re-launched the Centennial biography on Sir Arthur Lewis, the first man of African ancestry to win the Nobel Prize in economics in 1979.
Now residing in the United Kingdom, Lalji has written four books and has published more than a dozen.
He held a launching of the book on Sir Arthur on September 28 at Castellani House, and is set to launch a film based on the same work.
He has invented/designed a new film form, after seeing the film titled ‘Seven Songs from Malcolm X.’
Within months of seeing the film, he used the launch of Eusi Kwayana’s acclaimed book titled ‘Walter Rodney…his last days and campaigns’ to make another film.
The book is dubbed the most important work on the assassinated historian.
Within months, the film, which he titled ‘Songs from Walter Rodney’s Choirs’, had its world premiere at the University of Dar-es-Salaam the capital of Tanzania.
That film has brought to light over seventy percent of new information on Walter Rodney for the first time. It’s now touring several American Universities based on request.
His second film is titled ‘Anthem for Humanity on the cycle of civilization,’ which was completed in 2015 and will hopefully be launched with the Rodney Film as part of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
That film includes personalities the likes of Guyana-born Professor Clem Seecharan, a winner of the Elsa Goevia award for history. Professor Seecharan appears in both films as does Professor Nigel Westmas another Guyanese, Historian Eusi Kwayana and Robert Lallji himself.
‘Anthem for humanity’ shows how Guyana as a young independent small nation led the world politically as regards ethics and morality.
The launch of the Sir Arthur Lewis film is scheduled for mid to late November on the Hoyte Blackman Television Ch 9, several other stations and later will be made available to all stations in Guyana.
Lallji originally returned to Guyana to scatter his mother’s ashes, Joyce Ferdinand Lallji probably Guyana’s foremost classical concert pianist and the world’s foremost female composer of classical music.
She was also head of the department of music at the Cyril Potter College of Education and the Lillian Dewal College in the UK. His mother was also a former organist at the New Amsterdam Mission Chapel and Georgetown Trinity Methodist church. Her father was William Lallji, the former Principal at the Berbice Education Institute.
Additionally, before he returns to the U.KL, Robert Lallji will also be launching another book titled ‘A bouquet of Guyanese flowers’…a collection of works by Guyanese poets spanning four generations.
When asked what got him interested in publishing the book of poems, Lallji said he was motivated by the brilliant work sent in by Guyanese writers in days of old to the GBC in Studio C, which inspired his publication of an internationally issued literary magazine.
Lallji’s advice to aspiring writers/publishers is “Go for it”.
Lallji can be contacted via email [email protected]
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