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Phagwa Back in Times treat in Enterprise
The 27th edition of the Kendra Phagwa Festival takes place tomorrow at 2.30 pm with grand celebrations at the Kendra Grounds, Gilibia Road (off Raghunanan Road), Enterprise. Phagwa celebrations at the Kendra venue are community-based and family oriented with many innovative features, the most popular being the Pichakaaree presentations.
This year attendees will be treated to a special ‘Back in Times’ Pichakaaree segment with presentations that will span across 26 years, from when the artform was introduced in 1992 leading up to last year.
Other features for the afternoon include Chowtaal Recital—the traditional Phagwa genre, Bachon Ka Khel—traditional fun games for children, Maakhan Chor—the thrilling human pyramid team sport and Ranga Barase with vibrant community dancing in abeer showers. All these features re-enact and bring to life ancient traditions and the sacred legends associated with the festival.
President of the Hindu Prachaar Kendra, Geeta Ramsingh Vahini, reiterated the importance of nurturing culture that is uplifting and inspirational. She said: “This festival, like all Hindu festivals, has a sacred centre, a relevant and universal message for all, about the triumph of truth over untruth, good over evil and justice over oppression.
“Prahalad, the child hero of Phagwa reminds us all of the power of faith in God, which is really faith in oneself and the potential in each one of us to become the agent of the changes we wish to see.
“This is the culture we must nurture. This is why the motto of the Kendra Phagwa Festival is ‘creating the difference’.
“The focus of the Kendra’s work is on children and youths so this event is very family oriented. The Kendra is very committed to Phagwa activities where children don’t just get soaked in abeer but they are as though ‘soaked in’ an environment that will motivate and bless them as they play and have fun with their friends and family.”
The singers billed for tomorrow’s Back in Times Pichakaaree concert are Mandeep Poonwassie, Nirmala Ramdass Singh, Mukesh Babooram, Reena Teelucksingh, Mohip Poonwassie, Shanta Ramnath, Ricky Khandoo, Pooja Ramoutar, Akshay Khandoo, Kamaldai Ramkissoon, Jagdeo Phagoo, Marva Mckenzie, Toolsie Ramdass Singh, Rohini Dube, Subhagie Jaikaran, Giselle Ramoutar and Geeta Vahini.
For details on the Kendra Phagwa Festival contact 790-6606, 685-6133, 680-4322
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