MF councillor, Jonathan Annipen, pays tribute to Mr Sewlall (Harry) Rampersad.
As part of the Minority Front’s (MF) 26th anniversary and in commemoration of its participation in South Africa’s sixth democratic elections, the party has recognised organisations and individuals who have helped uphold the mandate to promote culture and the preservation of Minority Rights.
One such individual is the legendary music entertainer and nagara dancer, Mr Sewlall (Harry) Rampersad.
The 71-year-old artist has been promoting Indian cultural dance for over 65 years.
Rampersad’s maternal grandparents hail from Kerela in India and were themselves Nagara dancers.
Speaking about the award, Minority Front councillor, Jonathan Annipen, said, “The Minority Front has been founded on the principals of promoting culture. Over the years, the MF has played the leading role in advocating for the promotion of mother tongue languages, cultural entertainment and arts.”
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He said as a result, their leader, Mrs Shameen Thakur Rajbansi, has identified several groups and individuals, who have played significant roles in the promotion of our culture.
“Rampersad is in fact a legend in the music industry. Persons of Indian origin throughout SA have seen his performances and been captivated by his overwhelming stage presence. We are proud of his dedication in keeping and perpetuation our rich cultural heritage over many generations,” he added.
The MF plans on petitioning the new government, post the May 8 general election, to invest more resources into the promotion of indigenous languages and cultural education.