Special bonds mean special celebration. In what can be termed as an unusual gesture, Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), dual-island Caribbean nation put ahead it’s Independence Day celebrations (from August 31) to August 22 in Port of Spain so that the two countries could have a joint celebration. To mark the 70th anniversary of the independence of India, the High Commission of India organised a mega cultural event titled “Celebrating Independence” on August 22 at the prestigious Queens Hall in Port of Spain. And to show how collaborations can be winning, there was a lilting performance by Mungal Patesar, Satnarine Balkaransingh, Narendra Maharaj and Mondir Balkaransingh, who are prominent artistes of the island nation. Interestingly, all four artists have studied and trained in India and on their returning to Trinidad and Tobago, the artists have stood out in their fields. Like high commissioner Bishwadip Dey put it simply, “They demonstrate that cultural amalgamation brings people and nations closer to each other.” The event was attended by several dignitaries including the ministers of foreign affairs, local administration, members of judiciary and chief of defence staff. Interestingly, the Mission received over 1300 requests due to ever increasing curiosity from various quarters of T&T. While India became free on August 15, 1947, T&T attained freedom on August 31, 1962. In his address, Dennis Moses appreciated the initiative taken by the high commission.