Cultural Icon Pat Bishop Passes Away

Cultural icon Dr. Patricia Bishop better known as Pat Bishop passed away today, Saturday 20th August, 2011. Ms. Bishop, who attended a meeting with a cabinet appointed committee of high level experts on culture and the arts collapsed from her chair. She died while at hospital where doctors’ attempt to revive her proved futile.

Farewell, Sir Ellis Clarke

TRINIDAD and Tobago yesterday said farewell to its first President Sir Ellis Emmanuel Innocent Clarke, 93, with a full day of services marked by an outpouring of emotion as citizens paid tribute to a man known for his love of country and his faith.

Crowds lined the streets of the capital and traffic was brought to a halt as a gun carriage carrying the casket with Sir Ellis’ body was slowly driven through the streets of north Port-of-Spain on a final journey for the late statesman.

Eldica Phillip’s 101 Birthday Celebration

On Thursday 01 July, 2010, Eldica Phillip celebrated her 101 birthday with friends at the St. Andrew’s Home for Women located on 136A Belmont Circular Rd., Belmont. In attendance were some of the senior citizens who reside at the Home, staff members and visiting friends. Ms. Phillip was presented with birthday gifts including large, beautifully decorated cakes. During the course of the evening the women chatted, sang, danced and enjoyed refreshments with the birthday celebrant.

Pundit Dr. Parasram Maharaj Speaks about the Phagwa Festival

On Saturday 28th February, 2010, the Mc Bean Ramleela and Cultural Group hosted the Phagwa celebrations at the Lower Mc Bean Recreational Ground in Couva. During the early morning preparations for the day’s event, Hindu Pundit Dr. Parasram Maharaj took time out from his busy schedule to share a bit of history and meaning of the Hindu festival of Phagwa from its origins in India to its colourful manifestations in Trinidad and Tobago.

Calvert Sylvester Lewis’ Send-Off

Former Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Carlvert Sylvester Lewis, born in Trinidad on the 21st of February, 1935, passed away on 29th December, 2009, in New York City. His remains were returned to Trinidad and laid to rest at the Lapeyrouse Cemetery after a service at the Rosary Catholic Church. Services were held on the 8th of January, 2010. Also called Carlos or Skinos, Calvert was a top national cyclist who went on to serve in the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation while also coaching a number of young cyclists. In 1988, Carl migrated to New York to join his wife Olive and son Evey where he continued to coach young cyclists.

Mairoon Ali’s Send-Off: A Celebration of Life

Beautiful! That’s the most appropriate word that can be used to describe the celebration ceremony of the life of Mairoon Ali at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, yesterday. An almost packed auditorium of family and friends, who came out to pay tribute and bid a final farewell to a treasured woman, were treated to nothing short of the many colours of Ali.

Lydia Paul’s Send-Off

Teacher, community activist, social worker and PNM affiliate, Lydia Paul, was buried on December 14, 2009. This album contains scenes from the funeral service from St. David’s Anglican Church to the Cemetery in Plymouth, Tobago which was attended by relatives, friends and members of the People’s National Movement.

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.

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