Jack Baldee

PILES OF DEYAS: Pottery maker Jack Baldee stacks hundreds of deyas at Donny’s Pottery in Edinburgh, Chaguanas, on Friday, in preparation for the upcoming Divali holiday, which will be observed on November 14. Baldee told the Express they are hopeful for good sales, but worry about the Covid-19 impact. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

THE National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) has announced a nine-night television and social media event to replace this year’s Divali Nagar.

Divali Nagar 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Yaadein, the virtual event, will begin on November 5 and continue until the night before Divali, the Hindu festival of lights.

According to the NCIC, Yaadein will bring back the most spectacular memories from past Divali Nagar celebrations.

“Each night will not only feature some of the best performances from past events but it will also feature ‘live’ presentations from special guests and a ‘live’ host taking you through the night’s proceedings,” the NCIC stated last week.

The two-hour production every night will include local entertainment, including bands, dancers, tassa, folk theatre and every aspect of Indo-Trinidadian culture related to Divali.

NCIC stated that the event will be broadcast on national television nightly and also featured through all the available social media platforms — all ‘free’ to the public.

“The Divali Nagar remains one of the most important events for the Indo-Trinidad market, and it is important to keep these traditions alive, especially in these challenging times. We believe that the viewership for this event will exceed past years, in view of the fact that many people are inclined to be home-bound in these times. These special two-hour packaged segments will also be marketed to an international audience,” the NCIC stated.

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