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Ramdeen Chotoo

 

Ramdeen Chotoo was born on the 15th December 1918, at the St. Joseph Government Farm. Like Isaac Yankaran, he is, the son of Indentured Labourers who arrived on the vessel S.s. Ganges.

He attended the San Juan Presbyterian School for a short period following which he began studying the Holy Ramayan. He is the pioneer of the popular Chowtal and Biraha singing which is commonly heard around the time of Phagwa.

Later Ramdeen became even more deeply involved in his culture and started his own group called the Aranguez Ramayan and Chowtal Group. Under his leadership the group performed all over the United States, Canada, Suriname, Guyana and India

Chotoo still teaches the fine art of Chowtal, Biraha and Ulara folk singing. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his dedication and skill in keeping the artform alive.