Sagicor joins Trinidad and Tobago in celebrating Indian Arrival Day

May 28, 2020

Port of Spain, Trinidad—On Saturday, May 30, Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate Indian Arrival Day and the continued legacy of those East Indian forefathers who embarked on a 100-day, 11,000-mile journey to Trinidad and Tobago in 1845 on the Fatel Razack.

Sagicor joins the nation in celebrating that heritage across a range of mediums. Robert Trestrail, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sagicor Life Inc, said, “Trinidad and Tobago is a diverse, multi-cultural society because of the different people who have touched these shores over the centuries. Sagicor recognises the legacy that lives on today in the food, music, language, and culture of those who made that lengthy, perilous journey, over 175 years ago from India to Trinidad and Tobago and are pleased to support various programmes over this weekend honouring this aspect of our culture.”

In celebration of the day, there was a two-hour live virtual concert on Friday, May 29, that streamed on popular radio station 103 FM’s website, Facebook and radio portals, featuring both traditional and contemporary music, ending with Sally Sagram, a young, vibrant entertainer, who depicted the evolution of music. Radio listeners can also learn traditional Hindi phrases by tuning in to 90.5 FM for the “How to Say it in Hindi,” feature, which ends on Saturday, as well as check out Sagicor’s “Did You Know” posts on social media on East Indian history in Trinidad and Tobago.

Viewers on television are also not left out. In recognition of this year’s celebration of 100 years of the end of East Indian indentureship, television viewers can look out a five-minute capsule on TV6, IETV, and Sankhya TV, with University of the West Indies lecturer in the Department of History Dr Sherry-Ann Singh, highlighting the history of Indian Arrival Day, which will also be shared to Sagicor’s social media platforms. Dr Singh “specialises in the social, religious, and cultural transformation among Indians in Trinidad and in the Indian Diaspora; on Hinduism and the Ramayana tradition in the Indian Diaspora; and on the Indian indenture system”.

These activities will be capped off by a livestream of the band Nithya, which specialises in light Indian classical music, on social media on Sunday, May 31 from 7.00 pm.