Trinidad Express / Cultural researcher Dr Satnarine Balkaransingh has lamented that “Trinidad and Tobago is in the midst of the festival of guns and experiencing a Carnival of senseless slaughter, especially of young people in their most productive years”.
Balkaransingh also said, “We have much to teach the world on Carnival, but when it comes to capitalising Carnival as a business, we falter.”
He shared these insights at the launch of his latest scholarly publication, The Shaping Of A Culture: Rituals and Festivals in Trinidad compared with selected counterparts in India, 1990 to 2014, at NAPA auditorium, Port of Spain, on Friday.
Among those present were Sasha Roopchandsingh, Reshma Seetahal, Priya Persad and Shameela Deo.
Programme professor Hollis Liverpool, Prof Kenneth Julien, chairman, University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), and Prof Brinsley Samaroo, former UTT research fellow, also delivered remarks.
Express columnist Prof Bridget Brereton and Caroni Central MP and Naipaulian scholar Dr Bhoe Tewarie and choreographer Carol La Chapelle also lent support.
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