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Ken Corsbie: The Caribbean’s Quintessential Theatre Celebrity – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

On March 27, Nations around the world, observed “World Theatre Day.” This annual event was established in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and supported by UNESCO. In this article, I am pleased to throw the spotlight on veteran Guyanese dramatist Ken Corsbie, who has been in the theatre arts for over seven decades.

Now in his early 90s, Ken Corsbie has been a member of the Theatre Guild of Guyana from its inception. However, his initial activities with theatre arts actually began at the Taitt’s Yard, now known as Cara Lodge on Quamina Street, previously Murray Street.        Continue reading

Origin and significance of Mala Beads which are sacred to Hindus – Veda Nath Mohabir

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Why the Mala Beads are Sacred for Hindus?

Veda Nath Mohabir

Indian forebears – the over one-half million Indian indentured labourers, pejoratively called “Bound Coolies” – between1838 to 1917, were carried across the oceans (Kala Pani or dark waters) holed up in ships in a journey of over three months from India with few earthly possessions. Yet, they took to the Caribbean –Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the Windward Islands, St. Croix (Danish) and Guadeloupe and Martinique (French) – Belize, Surinam, French Guiana and British Guiana traditions which preserved their ultra-rich ancient heritage. One such intriguing tradition is embedded in the unassuming mala (Sanskrit: maalaa, for garland) or loosely called, ‘Hindu beads’. Thus, the mala is widely known as a garland or necklace – of 108 beads.
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Suicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor – by Veda Nath Mohabir

letters_iconSuicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor

Letter by Veda Nath Mohabir

I find two oddities in The Daily Chronicle, June 29 report (by Tejram Mohabir) on suicides in Guyana.  http://guyanachronicle.com/regional-health-conference-hears-suicide-appears-to-be-a-culture-among-east-indians-in-guyana-suriname-and-trinidad-and-tobago/

Religion was cited as a ‘common risk factor’ for suicide among Guyanese (along with Trinidadian and Surinamese) East Indians: “In Guyana, Dr. Harry identified culture and to a lesser extent religion as common risk factors of suicide. “ with “30 percent [of those committing suicides] each are Hindus and Pentecostals”.   Continue reading