Indian Arrival Day Celebrations

Classical Dancer Teacher Pooja Malhotra​

Classical Dancer Teacher Pooja Malhotra​

The curtains came down on this year’s Indian Arrival Day Celebrations with a dance recital at St George’s University last Monday evening.

The free event which featured classical dancer Pooja Malhotra, dance teacher at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Trinidad, who was well received by the more than 100 persons who attended.

It also showcased local talents including, Shivangeli Seethal, Andre Greenidge on Pan, Mehar Armanani, Nicola Heffes-Doon, Melania  & Idania Hopkin, Shivanjalie Seethal, Abinaya Kumar, Kartikey Tiwari, and Samita Upadhya.

One day before the recital, several guests at Belmont Estate were treated to an afternoon of Indian Cuisine and entertainment at the annual fund Indo-Grenadian Heritage Foundation raising luncheon.

Nicola Heffes-Doon performing a modern dance; Recital

Nicola Heffes-Doon performing a modern dance; Recital

Among the guests were Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, Minister for Tourism,  Yolande Bain-Horsford, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Claris Modeste-Curwen,  Minister for Culture, Senator Brenda Hood, former Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas and Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Monsterrat and the Commonwealth of Dominica, Guri Shankar Gupta.

They were joined by several members of the Indian and Indo Grenadian communities in Grenada as well as persons who enjoy Indian cuisine and culture.

This is the seventh year that Belmont Estate, in collaboration with the Indo Grenadian Heritage Foundation, has hosted the fund raising event.

Indian Arrival Day Celebrations commemorate the arrival of East Indians to Grenada on May 01st, 1857.

The celebrations are organised by the IGHF and Belmont Estate as a platform for promoting and celebrating the achievements, heritage and culture of Indo-Grenadians.

Other activities commemorating the event this year included a free matinee of the Indian film – Queen; and an evening exploring Indo-Grenadian Heritage with presentations by John Angus Martin, Curator at the Grenada National Museum; and Dr. Beverly Steele.

Over the years the office of the Indian High Commission has been very supportive of the local activities and this year was no exception.

Through the assistance of High Commissioner Gupta, Belmont Estate had the pleasure of hosting Indian Chef Bhupal Singh as its head chef for the event.

This added to the authenticity and theme of the event and led to the overall satisfaction of the guests.

Malhotra’s visit was also made possible through the assistance of the High Commissioner.

Prior to the dance recital on Monday, High Commissioner Gupta had the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Indian Community in the Spice Isle.

The Indo Grenadian Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and preserving East Indian culture and heritage in Grenada.

The Foundation hosts various educational and cultural programs and invites interested persons to participate and join the organization.

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