Mangra West: Cultural Street of Aranguez

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By Prior Beharry

MANGRA STREET WEST is being called the cultural street of Aranguez.

This was the statement of Vicky Toolsie as she delivered the vote of thanks at the end of the street’s second Divali celebrations on Saturday night.

She said, “My thanks tonight, firstly is dedicated to the residents of our humble family-oriented street, known as Mangra Street West which is now being called the cultural street of Aranguez.

“Your visions, aims, goals, once again surpassed everything. And once again, you all were able to unify together to ensure that tonight was the grand success it is.”

The evening started with a Mother Lakshmi pooja and included bhajans by a number of artistes and a beauty contest among five young ladies. A lucky resident even walked away with $5,000 in “solid liquid cash” in the pick-a-pan competition.

The street committee received sponsorship from businesses in the area and held fund raisers during the year to aid with the celebrations which were well attended and included secured parking on Mangra Street East for patrons.


Performances included Indar Kanhai and Nandini Kanhai of the Trishul Orchestra, Satnarine Ragoo, Anil Pitie, Anthony Batson, Ashay Kandoo and the Suryarmika Dance Group. It was hosted bt Rishi Ram and streamed live on YouTube.

AZP News Photo Editor Azlan Mohammed was on hand and captures the following photos:


The Suryarmika Dance Group on stage



Well dresses Mangra Street resident


Mehndi in the works
Mehndi in the works



Master of Ceremonies Rishi Ram


Marlene Heera and her son Aneil of Jack and Marlene’s Doubles of Aranguez enjoy the evening’s festivities


One of the executives of the Mangra Street Committee Renny Toolsie with his wife Carol and daughter Rennita


Inspector Sunil Bharat and his officers keep a watchful eye on proceedings


Pretty with mehndi


Just showing off now


Kenneth Supersad introduced the Trishul Orchestra on stage


Oh what a night of performances


Local Government Councillor Amit Sooknanan, right, with Mangra Street West executive committee member Shawn Ramdass


Queens of the evening


Captivated by the performances


A family of Mangra Street West have fun with baby


Indar Kanhai


Even pets were in the celebrations


A couple from Mangra Street West enjoy the celebrations


Baby in arm


Nandini Kanhai



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