Presidential Pre-Divali Celebration

His Excellency, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, ORTT, SC President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Her Excellency Mrs Carmona hosted a celebration to commemorate Divali, “The Hindu Festival of Lights”, at the Bandstand in the Botanic Gardens in front of the President’s House, on October 18, 2014.

While the National Holiday of Divali will be celebrated on October 23, 2014, the event captured all the entertainment and splendor of the festival.

Students from several Primary Schools throughout the country entertained the audience with music, dance and song, associated with Divali celebrations.  Some of the schools that performed were:

  • Penal Rock Road Hindu School
  • Rio Claro Hindu School
  • Robert Village Hindu School
  • Tulsa Trace Hindu School

The following is a list of the assortment of East Indian and contemporary musical instruments which were incorporated into the performances:

  • Harmonium
  • Tabla
  • Violin
  • Sitar
  • Sarod
  • Santoor
  • Bausuri
  • Taanpoora
  • Swarmandal