After 20 years of doing what he loves, musician Shivannand Maharaj feels by being recognised with the Hummingbird Gold Medal in this year’s Independence Day Awards, he can continue even longer.
“I’m happy about it, honoured. Especially because I reflected about the last 20 years teaching music to the community, and people have recognised that contribution. I feel proud and I will continue teaching,” Maharaj told the Express in a brief telephone interview last night.
Maharaj, 41, who has also just completed his master’s degree in music from the Allahabad University in India, had a keen interest in music from a young age and began teaching when he was just 20. He has taught all over the country, but his main base is at his home in Penal.
The Express also contacted retired Appeal Court justice Margot Warner, who will receive her Chaconia Gold Medal, the nation’s second highest award for services to law.
Justice Warner said she was “overwhelmed” by the honour and very happy, and it was unexpected. Warner served on the bench from 1991 until her retirement in 2009.