Laxmi Kallicharan

Latchmie Kumarie Vainmati Kallicharran (5 June 1951 – 20 January 2002)[1] was a Guyanese writer. She was one of the pioneers of Indo-Guyanese cultural awareness.[2]

She also organized and presented cultural programmes, the first being Lalla-Rookh. She staged her first show in the early 1970s when there was considerable resistance within the ruling PNC to regard Indo-Guyanese culture as being truly Guyanese. She organized dance and music shows, working to incorporate Chutney music into Mashramani, as well as the organization of an important photographic exhibition of Indo-Guyanese history and artifacts.[3]

Kallicharan grew up in Berbice, Guyana and attended the Berbice Educational Institute before attending University of Guyana, where she also worked as a librarian. She died in a fire in early 2002.[3]

She was posthumously awarded IAC honors by the Indian Action Committee.[4][5]


  • 1986 Shraadanjali anthology of Indo-Guyanese poetry[2]
  • 1996 They Came in Ships: An Anthology of Indo-Guyanese Prose and Poetry Lloyd Searwar, Joel Benjamin, Ian McDonald, Lakshmi Kallicharan[6]


  1. ^ Parvati Persaud-Edwards Hear the Ghungroos sing Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, A tribute to the late Laxhmie Kallicharran (1951–2002)
  2. ^ a b "Laxmi Kallicharan | Peepal Tree Press". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  3. ^ a b "Guyana Times Sunday Magazine". Issuu. 2017-03-05. p. 8. Retrieved 2020-12-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "IAC honours three more Guyanese on Arrival Anniversary". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  5. ^ "Renowned Kathak dancer, Tumri singer for IAC melas". Indian Action Committee. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  6. ^ "Hearing Indians speak". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-12-17.