Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Artists mush show need for unity : Dobru urges closer ties with WI mass
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Title: Artists mush show need for unity : Dobru urges closer ties with WI mass
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/8/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199942
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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'Artists must show need for unity'

Dobru urges closer

ties with WI masses
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valuable contribution to
make to the society. They
like to waste time ..There
is,", he declared, "therefore,
a need for re-education."
Dobru said that if the
writers and artists could.
meet independently and
unite, while having a direct
Contact with the masses, then,
he feels, "we cannot be
manipulated to- satisfy nar-
row and selfish interests."
But since writers and
artists of the region would
need some measure of finan-
cial support as they move
through the region to com-
municate with the people,
Dobru, who, in one of his
poems, tells us: "Write no
words, write grenades," said
that it might be necessary
for them to benefit from the
help of the region's govern-
ments, but "there must be no
attempt to influence what we
have to say or do."
Speaking as the politician,
Robin Raveles, General
Secretary of the Party of
Nationalist Republic (PNR),
which advocates the lower-
ing of the voting age from
23 to 18 and political inde-
.pendence for Surinam, Ihe
urged that there be a -great-
er concern in the region for
an end to all forms of

colonialism in the region,
whether it is the Dutch,
French or English-speaking
The societies in this re-
gion, said Mr. Raveles, could
benefit from the Marxist-
Leninist philosophy in ad-
vancing cultural and eco-
nomic development. But
wherever revolution was
being created, he added, it
must have "a national base."
His party, he explained,
subscribed to the recent
Anti-imperialist Conference
held at Freedom House un-
der the, sponsorsdip of the
PPP, arid'1ad he not been so
actively engaged in the
Carifesta programme, he
personally would have at-
tended the conference.
Imperialism, said Mr.
Raveles, should be struggled
against by all peoples of the
region. "It is an enemy of the
people; and should be ought
by writers, artists, poiti-
clans, peasants, workers .
Mr. Raveles is a unique
personality in the Caribbean
region. Not only does he live
off his literary works and
remain in ithe region, but at
the same time he militantly
politicises the grievances of
the people in Suriman.

E SURINAM'S revolutionary
'poet and playwright,' Dobru,
known, politically, as Robin
Raveles, feels fhat the
authors, poets, playwrights
and painters of the Carib-
bean should demonstrate
much more their appreciation
of the need for unity.-
It was important, he told
the Graphic, thaf the writers
and artists should come to-
gether on their own and
formulate plans on how best
to maintain their links wifh
the Caribbean masses.
Following such a meeting.
said Dobru, the writerS and
artists should then move
through the region ,meeting
the people, discussing their
works with them and learn-
ing from them.
Too many people, he-feels,
still perpetuate a false con-
cept of the writers and artists
in the region, a concept of
people who should either be
"lionised" or be ridiculed for
not wanting to "work". In
the latter sense, he added'
the people have been misled
into thinking that people
who write poetry or books
or want to paint, "have no

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