Budram Holass has one of the most iconic voices in Indo-Trinidad culture.
His powerful voice is instantly recognizable, his debilitating health challenges have not prevented Holass from performing his hot chutney and Indian classical songs at events throughout the country.
In fact, Holass wheeled onto the 2023 Chutney Soca Monarch stage last February delivering his powerful rendition of “Thar Gori Jamuna” creating the same response as when it was released more than a decade ago.
And for his sterling contribution to the art form, the Ajeet Mere Desh Committee will pay tribute to Holass at its Indian Arrival Day celebration on May 30, with a chutney and classical singing competition for persons under the age of 20.
The event, founded by the late Ajeet Praimsingh, will take place at the Passage To Asia Restaurant in Chaguanas from 2:30 pm. Admission is free.
The committee will also award 10 persons who have contributed to culture and nation building various walks of life.
Holass, who was trained by his parents, began singing at an early age in his family band, Amar Geet.
Born and raised in Cedros, Holass recorded his first chutney song at age 14.
And although the songs were upbeat and encouraged listeners to move their feet, they were all religious in nature.
In his early years, Boodram was called on to perform in Suriname, Guyana, Canada, the USA, Florida, Mauritius, and India.
He is well-versed in Bhojpuri and sings a variety of songs in this tongue, the Express was told.
He can perform Indian classical songs, semi-classical, wedding and folk songs, biraha, film songs, devotional songs, and more.
In March 2000, Holass was invited to attend the World Bhojpuri Conference in Mauritius where he presented a paper on the Bhojpuri influence in Trinidad.
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