In celebration of Indian Heritage month, the University of the West Indies in collaboration with Caribbean Hindustani is presenting a talk on Trinidad Bhojpuri, the language of our famous Chutney Music.
Trinidad Bhojpuri has been shrouded in mystery since the language was lost in speech among the descendants of the indentured laborers in Trinidad and Tobago. Its remnant vocabulary remains as footprints of its existence present in our Trinidad English Creole (Bhimull 2019). Let’s discover the “Trinidad Bhojpuri DNA in our identity.”
Trinidad Bhojpuri, Sarnami (Surinamese Bhojpuri) and Guyanese Bhojpuri all forms vernaculars of Caribbean Hindustani the identity language of the descendants of the Indian indentured laborers.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Visham Bhimull is a medical practitioner and post-graduate student in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS), UWI, St. Augustine. He holds an M.B.B.S (UWI) and Dip. Family Medicine (UWI). He is a language enthusiast and has done extensive research on the Trinidad Bhojpuri language, in addition to its wider Caribbean Hindustani perspective. He has presented at cultural conferences in the Caribbean and the Netherlands on Trinidad Bhojpuri. He conducts interviews with the last remaining speakers of Bhojpuri in the country in order to document the language so that it may be preserved for posterity.
The public is invited to attend this event as it relates to our cultural identity in Trinidad and Tobago, especially where the song traditions of the descendants of the Indian indentured laborers are concerned.
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