Exposing Caribbean creatives to East Indian cultural expressions can be worthwhile to developing their own individual art, says National Council of Indian Culture of Trinidad and Tobago (NCICTT) president Dr Deokinanan Sharma.

“I think it’s very important (exposing East Indian culture) because only two or three of the countries in the Caribbean have a large Indo population. I think it would be worthwhile to show a different side of the region’s culture and this could only impact positively on the overall creative product,” Sharma told the Express during a phone conversation yesterday.

Get caught up with news from the news leader
Subscribe now and get access to the Trinidad Express E-paper
SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN

The NCICTT hosted a night of East Indian classical song dance, on Saturday, at its Divali Nagar headquarters in Chaguanas. The production was part of the ongoing Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta). The 14th edition of the regional showcase is currently being staged, for the fourth time, at venues across T&T.

Sharma said while more space has been given to showcase East Indian culture at Carifesta XIV, more needs to be done to bring East Indian culture into contemporary Caribbean stages.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Love the idea of growing tomatoes, but not sure where to start? Grab a pot and some cherry tomato seedlings. They’re amazingly easy to grow, and even one plant will bear a steady crop of bite-size fruits all season.

Rock music (or more accurately: roots-rock) hit Carifesta perhaps for the first time since the inception of the regional festival during one of the “Elemental Series” nights held recently at the Big Black Box on Murray Street in Woodbrook.

IT’S common knowledge that not all children learn at the same pace. As a result, some fall behind and are forced to catch up while others slip through the cracks of the education system.