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Jesus be adored, glori-
fied, loved and pre-
served throughout the
whole world now and for-
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worker of miracles pray
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the hopeless pray for us.
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Publication must be prom-
ised. Thank you St. Jude
for favours granted. W.B
Notice is hereby given that a SPECIAL GENERAL
MEETING of the Angostura Group Employees'
Co-operative Society Limited will take place on
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2013 in the Glass Room,
House of Angostura, Eastern Main Road.
Laventille @ 4.15 p.m.
To amend the following Bye Laws:
1. Bye Law #4 - Membership Qualifications
2. Bye Law #28 - Annual General Meeting
3. Bye Law #33 - (New) Nominating Committee
4. Renumbering of Bye Laws #34 to #54 to reflect
Board of Directors
Eastern Main Road, Laventille
P.O Box 62, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Tel: 623-2101-3, 623-1841-5
Fax: Phone: 625-2662
On May 7, 2006, the Sanatan
Dharma Maha Sabha created
history by opening the first East
Indian museum in the Caribbean.
The institution was appropriately
named "The Indian Caribbean
Museum of T&T" and is in a build-
ing that once housed the Waterloo
Hindu School in Carapichaima.
Also located in that area are the
Temple in the Sea and the Dattatreya
Yoga Centre with its 85-foot-tall
The museum is dedicated to the
preservation of the material history
of quarter million Indians who
crossed two oceans to settle in a
strange land called Trinidad, roughly
14,000 miles from their birthplace,
The majority of the immigrants
originated in the states of Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and
brought with them the customs and
traditions of those regions.
The opening of the museum is a
result of continuous collaboration,
consultation and co-operation with
the people whose history has been
preserved within its walls.
The museum itself can be
described as a national treasure, a
keeper and a preserver of culture, a
window to the past, a link to the
present and a vision for the future.
It is an opportunity to see history
come alive as it evokes past mem-
ories to the visitor.
The museum s large collection has
been obtained over a period of years
through field trips by the owners
and administrators of the institu-
Some of the items have been
acquired as gifts and bequests from
individuals, families, pundits, his-
torians, scholars and friends and
other well wishers of the commu-
The collection consists of old
musical instruments like the har-
monium, sitar and the sarangi or
indian violin. One gets a glimpse of
the old tradition kitchen with the
chulha, dhal ghotni, tawah, dabla
and other kitchen utensils.
The Indians were accustomed to
grinding a great deal of ingredients
that went into food preparations and
so there is a display of the lorha and
silh, the jaatah as well as the okhri
and musar and a dheki which was
used for dehusking paddy grains.
The walls of the museum are dec-
orated with pictures, some over 100
years old, showing immigrants in
traditional oriental wear and include
the dhoti and the kurtah as well as
the sari and the ghangari (skirt) and
jhula (blouse). Mannequins bedecked
as bride and groom adorn the muse-
um hall, bringing back memories of
the typical Hindu wedding when the
groom wore a long pink robe (jora
jama) and a splendid crown on his
Yet another feature is our art
gallery with works by great Indian
artists such as Dr Isaiah Boodhoo,
MP Alladin, Sonylal Rambissoon,
twin brothers Prabhu and Parma
Singh and S Maharaj, among oth-
ers.An in-house library contains over
200 titles covering topics in inden-
tureship throughout the Caribbean
Some of the region s most recog-
nised scholars and researchers in the
field, have collectively put together
the experiences of the East Indians,
from the point of recruitment in
India as well as throughout the long
and hazardous journey over the two
The museum s latest addition is
over 100 titles that came from one
of our benefactors in Canada, Dr
Dennison Moore, who has most gen-
erously contributed to the expansion
of our library.
His books cover topics on politics,
religion and history of East Indian,
both in the Indian subcontinent and
the Caribbean Diaspora.
Two very important immigration
documents displayed in the museum
are the immigration pass and the
certificate of exemption from labour.
The former document provides
crucial information relative to the
immigrant s place of origin in India.
This document is essential as it
serves as a guide to a present-day
East Indian in Trinidad who wishes
to trace his/her ancestral roots.
The latter document gives one the
freedom of movement after com-
pleting his or her contractual obli-
gations on the plantations to which
he/she had been assigned.
A large metal basin---the copper---
which was used for boiling the sugar
cane juice, adorns the open space
in our courtyard, and adjoining it is
a grinding stone used for sharpening
tools and cutlasses with which the
immigrants performed their duties.
Other objects of historical and
aesthetic value include the sapat
(wooden slippers), the kharow (the
Indian version of the sapat), the boli,
the hasswa (grass knife) and the
kajariya (receptacle for making eye-
The museum is dedicated to the
collection, restoration, preservation,
arrangements and exhibition of old
material objects of East Indians for
the purpose of study, education and
Although the Indian Caribbean
Museum exhibits artifacts of a spe-
cific historical origin, and is owned
by an individual organisation, it is
committed to serving the general
Like schools and libraries, muse-
ums provide public education to
people of all ages.
The museum is a non-profit
organisation and is recognised by
the Ministry of Culture as well as
Tourism, which render support from
time to time. We work in very close
collaboration with the National
Museum and Art Gallery of T&T.
The museum is open from Wednes-
day to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
THE INDIAN CARIBBEAN MUSEUM
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