The Indian Action Committee (IAC) was able to hold a successful 15th Annual Grand Cultural Mela in Berbice at the Albion Sports Complex. The event was held to commemorate the 180th Anniversary of the arrival of immigrants from India most of whom were Indentured labourers. Another Mela was held on April 28 in Essequibo.
The audience at the Albion venue was treated to the music of Shakti Strings led by Maestro Avinash Roopchan and backed up by Traveller’s Sound System.There were excellent performances by the Shelita Dance Troupe, Ryan Dance Troupe and the recently formed Vanie Vanatya Dance Academy and a solo performer which provided a mixture of different Indian dance forms.
The High Commission of India was represented by Second Secretary Mr Sashi Mohan Joshi who delivered a brief address.
The crowd was well behaved and abided by the IAC’s policy of no alcohol consumption during the show.
Among those who helped the IAC to bring to fruition melas at both Essequibo and Berbice Melas were: GTT; AGM Inc; Texila American University; Banks DIH; Rohan’s Auto Spares; Grand Coastal Inn; S. Jagmohan General Supplies and Constructing Services; El Dorado Trading; Innovative Mining Inc; Silvie’s Variety Store; Samaroo Investment; NT Computeac; Roopan Ramotar Investments; Vincent Persaud; Rafeek Khan; NTN; Little Rock; and others who wish to remain anonymous.