Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Colourful Indian show at Centre
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 Material Information
Title: Colourful Indian show at Centre
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/4/1972
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: CA00199992
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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THE eagerly awaited Guy-
anese production, "Evening
of Indian Music" came off at
the Cultural Centre on Sat-
urday night, with Carifesta
well in its second week.
The Indian show filled
about three-fourths of the
Centre's theatre and proved
to be among the most colour-
ful of the host country's con-
tributions to the festival.
The performance centred on
Per Ajie, the first indentured
woman to set foot on Guy-
ana soil, with an over-
romantic commentary writ-
ten and recited by Rajkuma-
rie Singh and choreography
and solos by Gora Singh.
The numerically substan.
tlve dance troupe drawn
from high school students did
as well as may be expected,
even though there were no
fireworks written into their
dances. Their audience ap.
plause was more tihn a re-
ward for the long hours of
rehearsal they must have
put in.
"Evening of Indian Music"
was not without its flaws. A
hymn to Per Ajie led by so-
prano Edith Pieters failed to
capture the Indian musical
idiom. A harvest dance, with
field workers dashing about,
broadcasting the seed provi-
ded an ideal opportunity for
maximum movement with
lines of dancers flying off
through the wings and rush.
ing on again from some um-
expected point. The choreo-
grapher, however, conned
his dancers on stage. But
the full gamut of effects to
be had from the new Cultural
Centre stage can hardly be
realized all at once.
A sitar solo by IMaseelal
proved to be a disaster. Mi-
crophones set up next to the
accompanying tabla sent the
instrument's staccato rhythms
romping in strident ainplifi.
cation through the theatre.
And the soloist's sitar, with

Colorful Indian

show at Centre

tion, whispered helplessly,
very often becoming quite
Gora attempted the scourg-
ing and crucifixion scenes
from the rock opera "Jesus
Christ, Superstar," but his
choreography, graceful
though it was and dripping
with elegant lines, did not
even try to appreciate the in-
effable rock element of the
The lighting effects here
did manage some redemption.
Gora's white costume stood
out in eerie spotlight while
shifting colours on the back-
drop and a white cross of
light hovering way up pro-
vided a kinetic pulse not ex-
tended to the dance itself.
And on the credit side,
singer Gobin Ram was never
more in control of his voice,
crafting kawalis and gazel-
les with much emotion. The
tabla players excelled in

their intricate drumming,
never slipping in the preci-
sion furious tattoo demanded
by Gora Singh as he struck
a teeming carillon from the
200 bells swathed on his
The ritual and festival
dances were staged in col-
ourful costumes and lighted
candles in the Diwali dance
lent an additional glow to
that sequence.
Gora's elegant Kathak
dance, muted and unhurried
and expressive at first and
then quickening into a whirl
of abandon, evoked splendid
forms of Mogul opulence.
"Evening of Indian Dance"
is to be repeated at the Na-
tional Park this evening
where a much larger audi-
ence than that at Saturday
night's show .will get the op-
portunity'of taking in this
worthwhile Guyanese Cari-
festa contribution.

r E PICTURE shows a group of young women doing al
interpretive dance at the Cultural Centre Saturday night
during the "Indian Musical and Dance presentation."

15O.A SINGH in his languid intearetation of the qo4urging
and ciwrcieixion sequence from the -rock opera, Jebsus
rChufyt, Suiperstar."

LIGHTEDbcandIha in a Diwadam i aaac ea a W11 oQ this fe~ivai sequencedurin
Citmmam. Znitg of lhdiaa siUsie at the Xcaf Centre.

Wtm ARM UrS ualed and elegantly costumed, tihey dance to the New Wedd 4nd thetv
new home in a coourtl1 tinale to Saturday night's "Evening of Indioa Music" at thi
Oultural Centre. (Pix by Mike Norv1Ue).

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