Portraits of Chutney Singers in Trinidad and Tobago.
Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre Co Ltd (ICC) is proud to announce the publication of its latest magazine commemorating Indian Heritage Month (May 2011) in Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean). The theme of the magazine which marks the early arrival of East Indians/South Asians from India to Trinidad (1845-1917) is “Portraits of Chutney Singers in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Chutney has become the defining idiom through which people of East Indian descent have made their musical mark in the Caribbean. Never before have chutney artistes, chutney concerts and chutney competitions pushed for airplay and space on the public stage as in Carnival 2012 in multi-ethnic Trinidad and Tobago. In recent years, Indians have contributed to changing the construction of “the national festival” to the extent that Carnival has now to be re-defined to include Chutney Monarch, Chutney Brass, Chutney Soca, Chutney Calypso, Chutney Glow, and Chutney Mardi Gras. Events that are chutney-based have allowed Indians to gain a sense of inclusion in this grand “national” festival, although on the periphery of the main city centre. What these cultural incursions mean is that chutney has allowed Indians to actively participate in Carnival without losing their (sense of) ethnic identity