On November 22, 2009 reporters visited various areas in Belmont. Belmont is located in north-east of Port of Spain and lies at the foot of the Laventille Hills. It is currently very populated with many old buildings of varying sizes. Many of these buildings have been renovated and converted to businesses. It is also the birthplace and early home of many important Carnival designers and bandleaders.

Paramin and the Farmers’ Lime 2009

Paramin and the Farmers’ Lime 2009 on November 21, 2009

Biche: Journey through the village

Biche: Journey through the village

Divali Celebrations in Plum Mitan

The Ram Nagar Shiva Mandir in Plum Mitan held a cultural show at the community grounds on October 9th 2009, as part of their Divali celebration. Despite the inclement weather, people from the community came out to witness the talent within the community. Children and their parents lighted deyas and interacted in the park right before the show.

Mahase Seecharan Speaks on Community Service

Mr. Mahase Seecharan is a Mc Bean resident who is active is his community. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Mc Bean village. In this interview with, he shares his thoughts on the community and Indian culture.

The Ramoutar family from Lower Mc Bean, Couva

Kerrie Ramoutar is one of the young members of the Lower Mc Bean Ramleela and Cultural Group. She is considered to be a professional dancer with sixteen years of experience behind her. Kerrie has danced with most of the major dance teachers in Trinidad such as Krishna Persad, Michael Salickram and a few others. Having covered just about all of the Indian dance styles like Classical, Chutney, Folk and so on, Kerry feels confident that she is ready to have her own group called the Nritya Dance Company which she will manage from her home in Lower Mc Bean, Couva. Kerry and her parents Celia Nath and Sookram Ramoutar were eager to share some of their personal experiences with

Interview with Pundit Ravi Maraj – His involvemnt with Ramleela

Pundit Ravi Maraj is a Mc Bean resident by birth and has been involved with the Ramleela celebrations for approximately 20 years, not only in narrating the entire play, but also helping various communities develop their Ramleela. A gifted and engaging storyteller, he sat down with to share his perspective on the Ramleela celebration.

The Ramleela Celebration Told by Pundit Ravi Maraj

The Ramleela celebration really has its genesis taken straight out from the Holy Scripture, the Ramayana. It is set in an age called Treta Yuga. Of course, in Hinduism… in the Hindu traditions we have four ages. We have the Satya Age which is the Golden Age, we have the Dwapara, we have Treta Yuga and we have Kali Yuga, in that order.

Mc Bean Ramleela and Cultural Group celebrates Ramleela

The Mc Bean Ramleela and Cultural Group successfully hosted their Ramleela Celebrations on the same compound of the Lower Mc Bean, Couva Hindu Mandir. The celebrations was held over a period of several nights and culminated on Saturday 3rd October, 2009 with an exciting finale that was well attended. The climax of the evening was the burning of the effigy of Ravana symbolizing the Hindu demon, King Ravan which stood 30 feet high off the ground at one end of the large open air space that was also adorned with other props that were used in the play.

Muslim Wedding in Princes Town took to the southland, Princes Town to be exact, to witness the union of Duresh Ragoonath and Sophia Mohammed under Muslim rites in Trinidad. The wedding, which took place on September 26, 2009, at the bride’s home, was witnessed by family and friends of the marital pair. The groom, recently converted to Islam from Hinduism, is originally from Plum Mitan, east Trinidad and celebrations also occurred there. View the albums and become familiar with the Princes Town and Plum Mitan areas, see the preparations for the wedding by the bride’s and groom’s families, witness the spectacle of the wedding ceremony and observe the festivities at the reception party.

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