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(For Immediate Release)
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The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism mounts Indian Arrival Day Exhibitions at Piarco International and ANR Robinson airports

The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism warmly invites members of the public to the last few days of viewing of the Indian Arrival Day Exhibitions, currently mounted at the Piarco International Airport and the ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago. Both showings end on June 4, 2012.

The initiative forms part of a series of activities being hosted by the Ministry this year, in commemoration of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

The product of a collaborative effort between the Culture Division and the National Archives, the exhibitions highlight the journey of the indentured immigrants from the Indian sub-continent to Caribbean shores between 1845 and 1917. It further demonstrates the myriad contributions the East Indian community made on the socio-political and cultural landscape of TT.

Using colour and black and white images, along with books and original registration documents to tell the story, the displays reveal critical aspects of our shared cultural heritage - an intrinsic part of our national identity.

Also featured, in part, at the exhibitions, is the work of emerging contemporary artist Avind Ganesh. Hailing from Central Trinidad, the young artist professes that he is inspired by ancient Asian philosophies, while the Trinbagonian influences on his work is evidenced by his use of vibrant colour and rhythmic patterns.

So poignant is Ganesh’s work that it was also selected to be on display until June 15 on the façade of the offices of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, located at 51-55 Frederick Street, downtown Port of Spain.

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