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People have been partially saved from racial politics by the affectionate appeal of culture and music

Dear Editor,

The death of Lata Mangeshkar puts an end to the most illustrious life of an artist par excellence. The most recorded artist, hers is a breathtaking human feat with over 25,000 songs to her legacy. It can be said that she survived and surpassed her contemporaries. It would be difficult to assess in sum or substance East Indian life in late colonial British Guiana or postcolonial Guyana without the cultural impact of Lata Mangeshkar’s music. Weddings, birthday parties, certain religious functions, etc. held by East Indians would have resulted in a place for his music.

Indeed, a driving force achieved first through Hindi films shown in cinemas, but also through radio and private broadcasting and/or jukeboxes or stereos, the music of Lata Mangeshkar played a vital role in keeping East Indian culture and heritage intact during the long days. of the Forbes Burnham-PNC illegal government. At that time, people simply lived with the music and without analysis; but surely the many shades of darkness that erupted – high crime in the countryside, for example, created a harsh world in which people managed to survive using the measured happiness they extracted from the songs of this lady and her famous contemporaries.

In other words, people have been partially rescued from the usual dull failure of racial politics by the affectionate pull of culture and music. Maybe someday someone will write about these things for the record. On a more subjective note, it was a really missed opportunity when, as a high school student, I couldn’t catch his show when Lata Mangeshkar visited Guyana in the mid-eighties. We are indebted, respectfully.


Rakesh Crawlertab

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