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Kitchrie: festival of Indo-Caribbean arts and culture
New York Public Library. Dance Division (Producer)
Singh, Pritha (Producer)
Singh, Shiva (Dancer)
Kalicharan, Teshri (Choreographer)
Kalicharran, Romanee (Choreographer)
Persaud, Mathadyal (Choreographer)
Bisesar, Natasha (Actor)
Megnath, Kishore (Musician)
Dass, Bharat (Musician)
Bijli, Fayyaz (Choreographer)
Persaud, Alicia (Choreographer)
Hall, Malcolm (Designer)
Manuel, Peter Lamarche (Musician)
Steiner, Charles (Videographer)
Prem Sangeet (Musical group) (Performer)
Tassa Explosion (Musical group) (Performer)
Mahatma Gandhi Satsang Society (Associated name)
Rajkumari Cultural Center (Presenter)
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (New York, N.Y.) (Presenter)
Vagabond Video (Videographer)
New York Public Library. Dance Collection (Associated name)
Singh, Pritha (Director)
Singh, Pritha (Choreographer)
Singh, Pritha (Speaker)
Kalicharan, Teshri (Dancer)
Kalicharran, Romanee (Dancer)
Persaud, Mathadyal (Dancer)
Persaud, Alicia (Dancer)
Hall, Malcolm (Lighting designer)
Steiner, Charles (Editor)

Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Original Documentation

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1998-04-26
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2450
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5667 (former)
Kitchrie (Festival)
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: presented by The Rajkumari Cultural Center and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance ; a musical dance-drama written, produced and directed by Pritha Singh.
Content: Recording made possible by the cooperation of The Rajkumari Cultural Center, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Content: Additional data from house program.
Creation/production credits: Choreography, Fayyaz Bijli, Teshri Kalicharan, Romanee Kalicharan, Alicia Persaud, Mathadyal Persaud, Pritha Singh ; music direction, Peter Manuel ; set, lighting, and technical direction, Malcolm Hall ; assistant producer, Karna Bahadur Singh ; assistant musical director, Errol G. Virasawmi.
Performers: Introduction and closing speech by Pritha Singh.
Performers: Singers and musicians (in order of appearance): Prem Sangeet (Tan Sangeet instrumental and vocal music): Guru Bharat Dass (vocals, harmonium), Ustad Kalush Budbu (vocals, harmonium), Jeewan Dhanram (vocals, harmonium), Ramnarine Sasenarine (vocals, dholak),Chandradatt Maharaj (dholak), Peter Manuel (sitar) ; Sankh (conches): Kishore Megnath and Radha Singh ; Tassa Explosion (ritual and processional drum music): Raja Narine, Chandra Narine, Robin Narine, Terry Narine ; Mahatma Gandhi Satsangh Society Chowtal Group, directed by Pandit Oumadatt Maharaj ; Bhajans (devotional songs): Radha Singh (vocals), Bina Khan (sitar), Pandit Roop Sukhram (harmonium), Dharm Sukhram (tabla) ; Shrimati Ragbir - women's singing group [also listed in program as Hindu Women Singers]: Smt. Bhagu Ragbir [Srimati Ragbir], Ivorine Bisram, Oomoliti Doorgapersaud, Jagmantie Cyril (vocalists) ; Nataraja Musicians: Tara Persaud (vocals, harmonium), Arun Gossain (tabla), Barbara Lesmoines (vocals), Vidya Dhanram (vocals), Pandit Mohan (harmonium).
Performers: Dancers (in order of appearance): Shiva Singh (Nagara dancer) ; Teshri Kalicharan (Saraswati) ; Romanee Kalicharran (Radha) ; Mathadyal Persaud (Krishna) ; Arti [Aarti] dance and Phagwa dance performed by Kavita Arjoon, Natasha Bisesar, Kamini Deocharan, Vidya Dhanram, Simone Jhingoor, Shavana Jorawar, Ramona Kalicharan, Jayshree Mangroo, Nalini Persaud, Shavine Persaud, Artie Sanicharra, Adeepa Singh, Nanda Tulshi, Amanda Virasawmi, Stephanie Virasawmi ; Chatni and wedding dance performed by Denyse Baboolal, Waheedha Khan, Taij Moteelal, Meena Naipaul, Nadie Shivlochan, Radha Singh ; Diwali dance performed by Asha Doobey, Pratiksha Gosain, Ashwini Jairam, Dana Mahaj, Sabrina Misir, Alisha Persaud, Soma Persaud, Kristine Ramdhane, Ramona Kalicharan ; Finale dance performed by all dancers.
Performers: Actors: Natasha Bisesar (the bride); Virjinand Bridgemohan [listed inprogram as Virjanand Brijmohan] (father of the bride); Kishore Megnath (the bridegroom); Joshua Pillay, Sunil Sanichara, Suresh Sasslal, Mahadeo Shivraj (brothers of the bride); Rohini Thakoor (the bride's aunt), Nanda Tulshi (mother of the bride).
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Richmond Hill High School Auditorium, Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, on April 26, 1998 ; video production, Vagabond Video ; cameras, Charles Steiner, Jordi Torrent ; editing, Charles Steiner.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (122 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Performance based on the folk culture of immigrants from India who settled in the Caribbean area, including Guyana, Surinam, Trinidad, and Jamaica. The word "kitchrie" denotes a ritual meal offered by the bride to the bridegroom at a Hindu wedding; it can also signify a potpourri of music, song and dance. After the performance, Pritha Singh, representing The Rajkumari Cultural Center, and Ethel Raim, executive director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, present a certificate of achievement to Guru Bharat Dass.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13809291
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c31bce00-8a75-0135-8a58-0531d26f33f7
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Kitchrie" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1998.

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