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Musician and composer
Giorgio Moroder has revealed
he is working on a new disco-
themed stage musical.
The project "is in the style
of disco, using about five of
my songs and some new ones,"
he told BBC Radio 4 s Front
"I don t know the story yet.
My friend Harald Kloser, a
great producer who is currently
doing Independence Day 2, is
really an expert in writing
scripts, directing and music.
"I think he s coming up with
a great idea," he added.
Moroder, one of the forefa-
thers of electronic dance music,
produced huge hits for Donna
Summer during the late-1970s
disco era, including I Feel Love
and Love to Love You Baby.
He has since collaborated
with dozens of artists including
David Bowie, Kylie Minogue
and Daft Punk.
The 75-year-old has also
won three Oscars, including
one for best original score for
Giorgio Moroder working on disco stage musical
A s we celebrate Indian Arrival Day,
we look at someone who came from
India and made T&T their home.
In a modern story of arrival, Shereen Ali speaks
with fashion designer Charu Lochan Dass who
came to Trinidad from India as a child.
Charu Lochan Dass has no regrets whatsoever
that she left behind a conventional career in
business administration to follow the fashion
muse. In fact, for her, the two merged quite
seamlessly. A clothes retailer and fashion design-
er, Dass launched her brand CLD in 2013 after
years of working in the fashion business---she
opened her first clothing store in Princes Town
in 2002. Born in India, she left at the age of
six to live in Trinidad. And today, for Indian
Arrival Day, Dass readily shared some memories
from India, and talked about her own sense of
heritage, and how she got started along the path
to a career that s both expressive and practi-
"I remember distinctly the warmth and love
of being part of a close-knit, devoted family---
my aunts, my uncles and cousins," said Dass,
recalling her early childhood in India.
"My mother had five sisters (now four) and
two brothers; a huge family, and often there
were family festivities. At age six, what really
stands out is always being surrounded by loved
That strong sense of kinship and belonging
always remained with her, despite separations
in time and geography. Dass was speaking in
an interview from Tobago, where she was hol-
idaying with family---including a few who came
to visit T&T from India for the first time.
Among these family members is an inspira-
tional Indian auntie who helped whet her
appetite for designing clothes many years ago,
and who made possible her first unexpected
"As a teenager in Trinidad, I was obsessed
with fashion, with a special passion for sketching
and art," recalled Dass.
"My mother had this exquisite table runner
from India: it was hand-woven with stunning
embroidery and mirror details. It inspired my
creative juices and before you knew it...it was
incorporated into an outfit---a waistcoat, actually.
That s really how it all started, my first design,
at age 14."
As a young adult, Dass decided to study for
a Bachelor of Business Administration, and went
to India to do it---her first trip back in 13 years
since leaving there as a child. After living in
T&T for so long, she admitted that India came
as a bit of a culture shock for her.
"I returned to Delhi, and did experience cul-
ture shock. Everything was very different. Delhi
was now a fast growing, modernised city with
advanced infrastructure and technology," she
"But some things remained the same, espe-
cially culturally; they were still very orthodox
in their practices, whereas Trinidadian Indians
were more open-minded---I guess, more influ-
enced by the Western world, especially with
"In India, my maternal aunt had a boutique
with custom designed pieces. It s there I had
the opportunity to merge my two passions---
art and fashion. I was able to put my artistic
skills to the drawing board, and designed a few
outfits. When those designs were transformed
into the final product, the outfits were stunning
and impressive," she said.
A cousin there encouraged her to pursue this
passion, and she enrolled in her first fashion
course. Her path became clear.
Continues on Page A30
Fashion designer to go global
...Charu Lochan Dass celebrates her kinship connections
Charu Lochan Dass, T&T fashion designer
behind the CLD brand. PHOTO: GARY JORDAN
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