145 years ago a large group of people of Indian origin took a great leap of faith, leaving family and friends behind. These people left India and traveled by ship to Surinam in search of a better life. After arriving in Surinam, these Hindustani’s worked on plantation fields and many became landowners. They held on to their religion, music and traditions and passed it on to the coming generations. We now know it as Baithak Gana from Surinam and today performed by Sandeep Badloe and SR-MUSIC. Many of the later generation Hindustani’s migrated to America and parts of Europe, like The Netherlands. Though, the Indian’s living in Surinam were now calling their self Sarnami and today’s diaspora is also proud to be a Sarnami-Hindustani.
Expressing this love for Surinam and wishing for unity, Sandeep Badloe has released a new Baithak Gana single ‘Sarnam Hamara Desh Hain’ with SR-MUSIC. As an ode to our Sarnami parents and Indian ancestors. A beautiful song written by Sandeep Badloe and accompanied by Soerin Ramkhelawan, Soeradj Ganpat and Feroz Chedi.
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