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Give us back our Panorama

Published: Wed, 2011-02-23 21:59

As children growing up we went to Panorama with our parents, we went to panyards with our parents, and even had school outings to panyards. Our parents taught us the love of the steel pan in all forms. Throughout our teenage years and into adulthood we continued our yearly trek to the panyards and to “the big show” because to us without Panorama there is no Carnival. Recently we have seen the advent of the self-serving corporate citizens, J’Ouvert bands, and masquerade bands that are intent on making a mockery of Panorama and the hard work and sleepless nights that panmen and women endure for the love of our national instrument.

They are using Panorama as an opportunity for advertisement space and publicity at minimal cost to them, but to the detriment of pan. We have tolerated this decline in respect for steelbands and pan lovers but enough is enough. We expect Arts and Multiculturalism Minister   Winston Peters to take back Panorama. Let these people have their parties somewhere else. Make Panorama affordable to pan lovers once more.

Let parents feel able to share Pan-orama with their children without them being subjected to that melee of crass, uncouth, and disrespectful people. Minister Peters, why should the house announcer have to appeal to the rhythm sections every five minutes to cease and desist? Why let them in? The same way we were made to leave all bottles at the gate, deny them entry with the instruments. Every year they create the same problem. We look forward to pan back in Panorama.

Raquel Chandleur

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Panorama and the Rythm sections that occupy the North Stand can coexist together. What we need is the right controls in place with proper security Rules and Regulations, that spells out when Rythm sections are allowed to play and the consequences of not adhereing to those specific playing times would lead to those parties involved to be immediately removed from that stand. I am sure  with this type of rules and regulations in place we would never witness what happened on Sunday again in a Panorama Semifinals.

I FULLY ENDORSE ALL SENTIMENTS REFLECTED HERE.I THINK THAT PAN MEN MUST TAKE A PORTION OF THE BLAME, BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN A RECURRENT PROBLEM, AND HAS THE PAN MEN HIGHLGHTED THIS TO THEIR EXECUTIVE?MR.SHARP IS CORRECT WHEN HE MADE THE STATEMENT"DO SOMETHING FOR PAN".OIL AND WATER DONT MIX, THE SAME FOR PAN AND POLITICS. ITS HIGH TIME PAN TRINBAGO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER, AND IF IN 1979 PANMEN COULD HAVE BOYCOTTED PANORAMA, THEN WE AS PAYING PATRONS CAN CERTAINLY DO THE SAME INTHE YEARS TO COME.

pan trinbago must go, somebody help!

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