Indian Arrival Day commemorative magazine 2015

Mastana Bahar: the longest running (45 years) local TV talent show in Trinidad and Tobago

The theme of this year’s edition of our magazine is “Mastana Bahar.” This magazine captures the history and evolution of Mastana Bahar [Joyful Season] which is unquestionably the longest running, locally-produced TV talent show in Trinidad and Tobago, and perhaps even in the Caribbean. It is the longest running talent show when compared to competitive and non-competitive, Indian and non-Indian cultural TV programmes. Its closest competitor is Scouting for Talent which ran for 30 years (1963 – 1993) hosted regularly by Holly Betaudier. Mastana was first produced by Sham Mohammed on July 4, 1970 on Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT).

Renowned US musicologist Peter Manuel (2000) stated that “Mastana Bahar has evolved into an institution in Trinidadian culture.” And in her book entitled Music in Latin America and the Caribbean (2004), Malena Kuss wrote that since the 1970s, the local talent TV show has been a central feature of local cultural life.

At present, Mastana is aired on GISL TV 4 on Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. It is also broadcasted on IETV Channel 1 on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


  • About Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mastana Bahar – The longest running (45 years) local TV talent show – Editorial
  • Greetings from the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar
  • Greetings from the Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration – Dr. The Honourable Rodger Samuel
  • The Arrival of Mastana Bahar
  • Sham Mohammed – The visionary
  • Memory of the First Show
  • Early Viewing of Mastana
  • Auditions in the 1970s
  • Sham Mohammed’s Death
  • Volunteers after Sham’s Death
  • The New Producer, Khayal Mohammed
  • “Pick-a-Pan”
  • “Sundar Capra” and Other Audience Activities
  • The “Miss Naturally Fair Mastana Bahar Queen” Contest
  • Auditions Today
  • The Audience
  • The Mastana Bahar Volunteers
  • The Mastana Bahar Family
  • Children of Mastana
  • Stars of Children of Mastana
  • Contribution of Past Participants to the Show
  • The Recording Venue in Penal
  • Private Sponsors
  • Government Sponsorship
  • Rehearsals with the Orchestra
  • The Orchestras
  • Selection of the Panel of judges
  • Sub-titles on Mastana Bahar
  • The Indian Cultural Pageant
  • Mastana Bahar’s Travel Club
  • Other Competitive Talent TV Shows – Indian
  • Other Non-Competitive talent TV Shows – Indian
  • Other Talent TV Shows – Non Indian
  • A Vision for Mastana Bahar
  • Indian Songs More Popular than Calypsoes
  • Popular Indian Music and Mastana Bahar
May-June 2015 11 x 8 ½ inches.
Glossy pages and cover.
ISSN 1683-4143
72 pages with advertisements and articles.

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