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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF A
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Packages may, on payment of a non-refundable fee of $500.00 be collected during the hours
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prior to the stipulated closing date.
Proposals must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Corporate Secretary,
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The deadline for submitting sealed proposals is 3:00 P.M. on SEPTEMBER 4TH 2015. Proposals
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The PTSC does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any proposal.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Shunnel Roopchand is addicted to
theatre. About eight years ago, a rel-
ative suggested that she audition for
a play. After that, there was no turning
back. She was an understudy for a
lead role and when the chance arrived
for her to perform for one night,
Roopchand said she "made that one
The 40-year-old former teacher is
one of the directors of Brave Heart The-
atre Company which was formed in
2007. The theatre company is well-
known for its local adaptation of Bol-
lywood movies such as Dilwale Dul-
hania Le Jayenge and Mujhe Dosti
"We want to stay away from the
stereotypes of rum drinking and horn-
ing and really try to uplift East Indian
culture," she said.
Though she enjoys being on stage,
Roopchand s passion is writing and
directing. She has written and produced
11 plays. Roopchand ensured that her
Literatures in English degree from the
University of the West Indies was put
to good use.
She also is the holder of a law degree,
which she believed everyone should
Roopchand s latest play is called Maya
which means illusions in Hindu phi-
The play was written and directed
by Roopchand and seeks to highlight
the history of East Indians after the
indentureship period around the 1920s.
Roopchand said Maya tells the love
story between Anand and Neela who
find themselves caught in a battle based
on the caste system. Anand is a
chamar and Neela is a brahmin.
To keep their love alive, they have
to find a way "to erode the very foun-
dation that this society was built upon
and awaken a people out of a dream
state of caste illusions."
Roopchand shared her experiences
with the Sunday Guardian last Tuesday,
which motivated her to write Maya
about six years ago.
Originally from Moruga, the Couva
resident said there were several incidents
where people had discussed the issue
of the caste system and how much of
a "useless tradition" it was.
She said, "It just creates more division
rather than unity among our own kind
of people, so I am an advocate of not
having these divisions that exist or pro-
moting any kind of hatred among peo-
"We are humans regardless of what
we look like, and I believe we are all
Trinidadians and all this going back to
Mother India and Mother Africa
thing...it s a waste of time," she said.
In Maya, Roopchand said the mes-
sage may not "go down well" with
some sections here in Trinidad, but the
fact remained that everyone were
descendants of cane farmers.
She said the play ends with "tradi-
Quizzed on that, she said, "The story
itself comes out in a way where you
hold on to those traditions that you
believe have to exist but you adapt to
suit the changing times and place...as
you become more civilised and devel-
oped, you find that we lose those tra-
ditions, but there are still the ones that
are important and must hold fast to."
She referred to one of the lines, We
must not lose who we are as Indians.
The play already ran earlier this year,
but is now back again by public
demand. It will be staged at the Napari-
ma Bowl in San Fernando, from Sep-
tember 11 to 13.
Roopchand spent close to three years
"to fully develop" the story, with input
from Ravi Ji and Dr Kumar Mahabir.
Describing herself as a history buff,
Roopchand said, "I did a great deal of
research. It was written in a short ver-
sion and then from there, I developed
it into a full-scale production."
With a cast of 31 members of varying
ages, Roopchand said theatre was very
much alive in Trinidad.
The mother of three said, "There are
many theatre groups emerging now,
especially with the performing arts at
"I don t think theatre is dying. The
quality we look for is what needs to be
Bad experience at CHOGM '09
The motivation to write Maya came
from Roopchand s negative and humil-
iating experience at the 2009 Com-
monwealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM) which was hosted
She said, "At CHOGM, we were
invited to do one of our small skits and
the treatment we received there was
She recounted her formative years
in Moruga, where there were few vil-
lagers of East Indian ethnicity, saying
some of her best friends were Africans.
"I could not believe there were people
at that event who could be so blatantly
"Some of the performers who were
Afro-centric were placed in an air-
conditioned tent, while we were sent
to the toilet facility and were not allowed
Tickets are available at Bhagan's
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Foods (Grand Bazaar).
Shunnel Roopchand, producer of Maya...
Addicted to theatre
The story itself comes out in a way where you hold on
to those traditions that you believe have to exist but
you adapt to suit the changing times and place...as
you become more civilised and developed, you find
that we lose those traditions, but there are still the
ones that are important and must hold fast to.
to leave for the entire day.
"We were asked to be there for 7 am
and did not perform until 4 pm."
She claimed this was at the CHOGM
village at the Queen s Park Savannah.
Roopchand said soon after she wrote
to the cultural officer in the then Min-
istry of Development, Culture and Gen-
der Affairs, Peter Telfer, "who could not
Shunnel Roopchand. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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