Disappointed Christians were not invited to National Indian Orchestra launch

first_imgDear Editor,I am delighted to read in your newspaper that Bhaskar Sharma will soon launch the ‘National Indian Orchestra’ (NIO) with the aim of encouraging the Indian arts, including classical music, playing Indian instruments, dance, etc.Such a gesture has beckoned for a long time, considering that the only form of Indian music most local Guyanese are comfortable with is the commonplace “chatney” music.This news is music to my ears. However, I am saddened and disappointed that Mr Sharma is inviting “all heads of the Hindu religious organisations in Guyana – including the Arya Samaj, and also Islamic groups nationwide — to participate and support this musical initiative,” but is not extending the invitation to the Christian community.I do understand why Guyanese feel that Christians have no affinity to Indian music. Traditionally, Indian music has been perceived as a sinister entity that has no place in the Christian church, community or home. Many surmise that only music of the West or creole music would please God. However, times are changing, and Christians are recognizing the error of our past ways and coming to grips with the realisation that God could be worshipped with all kinds of music and all kinds of instruments.At present, the Jeewan Ki Roti programme is aired on Channel 28 (the first two Fridays of every month), and Guyanese are expressing great appreciation for the beautiful music accentuated in the (Christian) programme. I am an ardent evangelical Christian, who happens to think that Indian music is perhaps the ‘sweetest’ in the whole world. I love the sounds of the sitar, tabla, dholak, harmonium and so on. The various genres with which Indian culture and music are expressed (including dance) are rich and beautiful.I am also pleased to know that Mr Sharma’s planned NIO will promote the teaching and use of the Hindi and Urdu languages. A significant number of people in Guyana have some affinity to those languages, so this is a welcome move.I trust that the NIO will not be concentrated only in the Georgetown area. (Unfortunately, though the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) is playing a magnificent role equipping Guyanese with the Indian arts, the scope is limited, as only the elite or those with “transp” can access the ICC.) I hope the NIO will spread its wings to many parts of Guyana.Thank you, Bhaskar, for this initiative. You have my support. And please remember to also extend your invitations to Christians.Sincerely,Devanand Bhagwanlast_img read more


first_imgOn the eve of Conor McGregor’s high profile UFC fight in Dublin this weekend, the last fighter to defeat him has reflected on the fight! The man who put a blemish on his record was Burtonport fighter Joseph Duffy.Duffy sensationally defeated the Dubliner after just forty seconds of the first round. The careers of McGregor and Duffy have gone in different directions since that bout which took place in 2010 at the Neptune Stadium in Cork.McGregor is now a UFC star and a household name in Irish sport, credited with putting UFC on the radar of sports fans here in Ireland.While Duffy is currently preparing to re-establish his name in the sport having decided to quit professional cage fighting after growing disillusioned with the sport.Duffy reverted to professional boxing and was convinced by James Tandy to try his hand at boxing. His transition was smooth, with Duffy having a perfect 7-0 record in professional boxing.However, Duffy’s first love and passion had always been for mixed martial arts combat and when he was offered the opportunity to return to cage warriors he decided it was too good an opportunity to turn down.MMA fight fans were gutted when Duffy left the sport, but are delighted the Burtonport man, based in Wales has returned to the sport.He makes his return to MMA on the 16th of August at the Helix in Dublin.However on the eve of Conor McGregor’s fight tomorrow Duffy has cast his mind back to when he faced the talented Dubliner. Duffy said, “To tell you the truth, I don’t know why they matched us up.“I remember taking the fight and there wasn’t a whole lot of footage on Conor.“I don’t know if there was an idea behind it, maybe they were testing the two boys that were tipped to go the whole way.“Looking back now it’s surprising that the fight happened so early really. Duffy admitted he knew little of McGregor but said he had seen him in action once in Letterkenny.“I had seen Conor fight once in Letterkenny I think it was.“I was meant to fight Tom Egan on the same show, but I did see him fight at the time but as far as the hype that was around him, I couldn’t say that I was aware of it to tell you the truth.Duffy recalled how he was impressed with the Dubliners ability even though the fight lasted a mere forty seconds.“Out of all the guys I fought, and remember that with a lot of them there wasn’t a lot of stand-up exchanges, he was leaps ahead of them as far as his boxing was concerned.“I had never felt like that before, you know, out of my depth. I think it was in the second exchange he tagged me with a few shots and I was nearly admiring what he was doing.“The timing was just perfect, it was beautiful.On the fight itself, while McGregor looked the part initially he was brutally exposed by a ruthless Duffy.“I remember it as clear as day. As soon as I hit side control, I relaxed and he held onto my neck just a little bit too long.“I could hear John shouting in his corner, ‘release the neck’.“Sometimes when you hit the ground you can be a little tense and hang on to things you shouldn’t, but straight away I attacked the arm and neck.“As soon as I felt him holding the neck, he had it quite tight, I knew from there that the choke would finish the fight. I was going for that submission 100%, I knew it was on.Duffy revealed McGregor was very gracious in defeat and wished Duffy all the best in his future career.“After the fight he just wished me all the best with my career and I wished him the same.“He was very gracious in defeat and to be honest, every time I’ve seen him he’s been a gentleman.“I’ve got really good time for him.Click on the video below to view the footage of the fight between Duffy and McGregor.DONEGAL FIGHTER REFLECTS ON THE NIGHT HE DEFEATED CONOR MCGREGOR AFTER JUST FORTY SECONDS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2010Conor McGregorCorkDefeatdublinJoe DuffynewsReturnSportUFClast_img read more