Baby Susan with her husband, Rana Mohip and their children, Sunanda and Ajnish.

As a child I remember my parents and aunts talking about the phenomenal Susan Mohip, more fondly known as Baby Susan. The effervescent Indian classical dancer who from a toothless child to a pretty teenager danced her way into the hearts of Trinbagonians.

Her beauty and grace on stage could have equaled any Bollywood act and it came as no surprise that she was chosen to perform alongside the likes of Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rahaman and playback Queen Asha Bhosle on their visits to Trinidad and Tobago. When I got the golden opportunity of seeing her on popular TV talent shows, Mastana Bahar and Indian Variety, I was in awe. 

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Deemed one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine in 2019, the Third Horizon Film Festival returns for its fifth edition. This year the festival will be hosted hybrid style with a thoughtfully curated mix of in-person and virtual screenings beginning June 24, 2021, through July 1, 2021, in Miami, Florida, USA.

Walk into the Gran’ Chemin hills. Scratch the earth. Look beneath the rocks. See. What? Signs abound—fossils, petroglyphs and vestiges of Amerindian culture; a canoe sunk deep in the sands which becomes part of the Moruga museum. A prince dreams about saving a whale and three days later he is summoned to save a young whale caught in the mangrove.

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