NCIC wants money for Divali celebrations

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 23:00

The Na­tion­al Coun­cil for In­di­an Cul­ture (NCIC) is hop­ing Gov­ern­ment will in­crease its sub­ven­tion for the Di­vali Na­gar this year as it es­ti­mates it will cost around $5 mil­lion to suc­cess­ful­ly stage the nine nights of fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We got $500,000 last year,” said Su­ru­jdeo Man­ga­roo, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the NCIC.


Man­ga­roo said run­ning a suc­cess­ful Di­vali Na­gar is a cost­ly busi­ness and the NCIC gen­er­ates rev­enue through spon­sor­ship and the rent­ing of booths.

“We are get­ting and we are hope­ful that we get some more ma­jor spon­sors this year,” he said.

Man­ga­roo said all of the booths have been sold but he is still an­tic­i­pat­ing that the NCIC will in­cur a loss af­ter the event.

“I’m sure we will be in a deficit this year, def­i­nite­ly. I can’t say the amount but when we work out the fig­ures we will be in a deficit,” he said.


But he said the show will go on.

“Things are look­ing up. Re­gard­less of what we will con­tin­ue with the Na­gar, fund­ing or no fund­ing, and I know our pub­lic is very gen­er­ous.”

Guardian Me­dia at­tempt­ed to con­tact Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gads­by-Dol­ly, to find out if there will be an in­crease or if any sub­ven­tion will be giv­en at all, but all calls to her cell phone went unan­swered.

On Mon­day, the First Fe­lic­i­ty Ram­leela Group said it got noth­ing from the state to spon­sor its Ram­leela cel­e­bra­tions.

The Di­vali Na­gar is ex­pect­ed to be­gin on Fri­day and this year’s theme will be Hin­du Grantha which trans­lates to Hin­du Text. It will be a cel­e­bra­tion of Hin­duism’s Holy Books. Man­ga­roo al­so an­nounced that for the first time there will al­so be a Ram­leela drama­ti­za­tion which will start on the sec­ond night.



Image caption: Public Relations Officer for the NCIC, Surujdeo Mangaroo (centre) oversees work taking place at the Divali Nagar site for this year’s Divali celebrations.