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bmobile celebrates Indian Arrival Day

Port-of-Spain,Trinidad - The bmobile/Blink/TSTT family on Friday 27 May celebrated Indian Arrival Day with an evening of prayer and culture at the Cipero Work Centre, San Fernando. The event was hosted by the TSTT Indian Cultural Association, which has been doing this for the past 13 years.

The theme of this year’s celebration was Ganga Nadiye Se Trinidad Aur Tobago Ki Nadiyon Tak, which translates into “From the Ganges to the rivers of Trinidad and Tobago”. The evening’s activities for which Khayal Mohammed of Mastana bahar served as MC, began with a musical introduction including the National Anthem by the Xsitaaz Indian Orchestra. The Paramount Untouchables Tassa Group also entertained.

An interfaith religious service featuring Hindu, Muslim and Christian rites followed the official opening after which President of the Indian Cultural Association, Mahadaye Ramlagan greeted the TSTT staff that attended along with their families and other specially invited guests. Also bringing greetings was TSTT Chief Financial Officer, Rakesh Goswami who was at the time serving as Acting CEO.

Guests, resplendent in ethnic attire of a variety of designs, were treated to live performances by the Indira Mahatoo Dance Troupe. Classical dancer Brian Mangaroo stirred the audience with his performance and not to be outdone, singers Ravi Jagroop and TSTT employees, Boodram Ramnarine and Jaggart Mohammed pulled out all the stops and thoroughly entertained an appreciative crowd.

But the evening was a multi sensory affair. Apart from the entertainment, guests participated in a Sundar Capra (Best Dressed) event and had the opportunity to win prizes in a Pick-A-Pan segment. History came alive in an exhibition of East Indian artifacts including tools for building and for working on sugarcane estates, brought here by indentured workers. Also on display were traditional East Indian musical instruments, clothing, cooking utensils among other items.

The culinary aspect of the evenings celebrations treated the guests to a variety of East Indian and Indo-Trinidadian cuisine including alloo pies, doubles, phoularie and sada roti with baigan (eggplant), pumpkin and other delights including an assortment of non alcoholic drinks. Secretary of the association, Raj Mongru said the event was again a resounding success and highlighted the unity among the races that exists in the staff of TSTT and in the nation as a whole.