The Development of Indian Music in Trinidad and Tobago

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Mungal Patasar


Less than a year ago, a controversy arose after the author judged the National Soca-Chutney Competition. Many of the popular singers raised objections to the results and their placements. His integrity was not in question. They however felt that he was not the appropriate person to judge the competition since he was a classical musician. The media picked up on the discussion and it became a national sensation. To solve the problem the author challenged all the participants to an open debate on a national forum, the television. The presenter called on the artistes to state their cases. Not one of them was willing to come forward. The author goes on to say that he was dragged into several other controversies.

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