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Kalicharan clan eyes South crown

By CECILY ASSON Saturday, February 15 2014

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MAS HEADPIECE: National Carnival Commission Chairman (NCC) Allison Demas (right) is shown a mas headpiece by a member of the National Carnival Bands A...
MAS HEADPIECE: National Carnival Commission Chairman (NCC) Allison Demas (right) is shown a mas headpiece by a member of the National Carnival Bands A...

THERE WILL be no room for complacency in the mas camp of veteran masman Ivan Kalicharan as he seeks to add another San Fernando Carnival Band of the Year crown to his overflowing trophy cabinet with his 2014 presentation Beats.

The band which has been in Carnival since 1983, has won South Band of the Year an astonishing 19 times.

“We will not be complacent,” Ivan’s son Aaron Kalicharan said in an interview with Newsday yesterday. “When we hit the road, we are going to do our best. Our aim is once again to give a good presentation, deliver quality costumes and the rest is up to the judges.”

Beats has nine sections including Pink Samba, Neon Techno, Purple Jazz, Red Arabian, Zulu Black, Yellow Chutney, Teal Soca, Brown Lakota and Baroque. “The band is really looking good and the response has been tremendous.”

“Masqueraders are coming all from Chaguanas and other areas and into south to play with us...we are attracting the youths which is good and they are bringing their friends,” Aaron said.

There is the expectation that over 1,000 masqueraders will hit the streets in Beats on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Registration has been going so well that last week the team had no choice but to add a third all-inclusive section “Baroque” due to high demand.

“Lakota” and “Teal Soca” are the other all-inclusive sections.

Mas making duo Ivan and Wendy Kalicharan, premiere names in southern mas, have since allowed their children Aaron, Ayanna and Andrew to lead from the front in an effort to pass on their vast experience to the next generation. For 2014 Carnival, Aaron was tasked with choosing the band’s theme.

“I used one word Beats which carries different meanings. It could be music, it could be instruments. I wanted a name that while being trendy could still have cultural connotations as well,” Aaron said.

“Our music is a callaloo. When masqueraders come to the camp they choose the designs based on the type of music they love. And yes, the women are representing,” he said alluding to the fact that women outnumber the men in terms of costumes for the various sections.

Marlon Rampersad and his mother Gloria Dallsingh once again have the honour of portraying King and Queen of Beats. The mas camp is situated at Harris Street in San Fernando.

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