Despite the rain on Saturday last, the visiting Indian Cultural Group delivered a mesmerizing performance at the Monument Garden on Church Street. This event was made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and the Indian Commemoration Trust, and was one of the events held in observance of Guyana’s 48th Independence Anniversary and Indian Arrival Day.
|Monument Garden Guyana|
|Kalpana in Monument|
After a few performances by Guyanese singers and dancers, the Indian Cultural group led by Kalpana Patowary who is referred to as the ‘Bhojpuri Queen’. Her performance included folk, religious and popular Hindi songs.
Kalpana’s performance was well received by the audience particularly the Indian nationals who came out for an evening of live music from their homeland. Following Saturday’s performance, the troupe traveled to New Amsterdam where they took part in the Independence Flag Raising ceremony in Region 6. They also participated in an evening of Indian Music at the Theater Guild.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony noted that arrival day is a significant occasion as it represents the journey made by our ancestors, and also represents the sacrifices made on the plantations. He emphasized that those sacrifices must not be taken for granted.
Minister Anthony stressed that Independence is also a significant time. While there have been challenges over the last 48 years there is a need for all Guyanese to come together to make a difference in Guyana.
|Kalpana Patowary in Indian High |
Commissioner, Mr Tirath Singh's office
In his remarks, Indian High Commissioner, Tirath Singh noted that the troupe should have arrived earlier in May nevertheless the High Commission is pleased that they are here to celebrate Guyana’s Independence.
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Mr & MrsTirath Singh
With regards to arrival day, Singh explained that besides the East Indians other groups also arrived around the same time.
Singh emphasized that despite the geographical distance between Guyana and India there are still some cultural and traditional ties that keep the two countries together. The link between the two nations is also evident through visits by Indian artists who frequently visit Guyana.
Miss India Guyana, Divya Sieudarsan also graced the event.
Kalpana has already sung in around 9000 songs for 22 languages, and has play backed in more than 100 Hindi feature films. A few of them are Akshay Kumar’s -KHATTA MEETHA,WELCOME, DE DANA DAN, Shah Rukh Khan’s-BILLU BARBER, Priadarshan’s AAROKSH, Ram Gopal Verma’s -RATHA CHARITHRA, Monty Sharma’s -CHAMKU & MIRCHI.
Ever since Kalpana made her entry into Bhojpuri music industry, she has taken it to great heights. It was her unique style of singing that made her so popular among st the masses.
She has been recognized with other famous Bhojpuri singers like Bhikhari Thakur Samman, Bhojpuri Sewa Samman, Swar Kokila, Bhojpuri Sangam Samman, Atkrista Gayak Samman, Swar Samragee, Panchamrit Samman, and Bhojpuri Swar Mallika.
Kalpana’s contribution to Bhojpuri is immense and she has sung in films, albums and of course the high selling devotional albums. Some of her hit numbers include ‘Dil Ke Dhadkan’, ‘Man Ke Sawaria’, ‘Blamji’, ‘Rasgulla’ and ‘Pani Bhare Gaini Rama’.
SOURCE – Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport @http://culture.mcys.gov.gy/indian-cultural-group-mesmerizes-audience-at-monument-garden/