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Pichakaree songs are generally social commentary, and are sung using a mixture of Hindi, English and Bhojpuri words. The musical form was devised by RaviJi, spiritual leader of the Hindu Prachar Kendra, as an Indo-Trinidadian counterpoint to calypso. Pichakaree competitions are an integral part of Phagwa celebrations hosted by the Hindu Prachar Kendra. This has been criticised by Satnarayan Maharaj of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (the largest Hindu organisation in Trinidad and Tobago), saying that Phagwah is a religious celebration, and "A sacred occasion like Phagwa must not be used to piggy-back behaviour that is adharamic (anti-religious in the Vedic Tradition)."
There are however Hindus who are open minded to such music and ascribe to the Tantra Tradition of Hinduism.
At the Kendra Phagwa Festival and Pichakaree Competition 2011, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honorable Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar will be the chief guest.
- Pichakaree in Trinidad & Tobago
- Pichakaree : Define, Explore, Discuss
- The Trinidad Guardian -Online Edition Ver 2.0
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