Thursday 7th April, 2005


Adesh still unconscious

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It is now uncertain whether the National Chutney Monarch competition, scheduled for May 7, will go on.

The competition’s organisers are said to be contemplating the format of the competition, because of the condition of chutney monarch Adesh Samaroo, who was injured in a vehicular accident on Tuesday morning.

Samaroo is still warded at the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Hospital in Cocorite, St James, with a fractured skull and facial and internal injuries.

The chutney star, who rose to fame with the hit Rum Til I Die, sustained multiple injuries when his pick-up ran off the Eastern Main Road and crashed into the wall of the Emerald Plaza in St Augustine.

President of the National Chutney Foundation Vijay Ramlal said yesterday members of the organisation met to discuss whether to proceed with the competition or just have participants perform, in tribute to Samaroo.

“We are still trying to decide what format we would follow,” Ramlal said in a telephone interview yesterday.

“We do not want to do anything that would be a threat to him defending his title.

“We will have to meet with other concerned parties and Adesh’s family before we make any decisions.”

Ramlal also said the singer had not regained consciousness after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

“He is still unconscious and the doctors have him on drips. The swelling around his head has gone down a bit and they say his condition is stable for now.

“When they were cleaning his body, he moved his toes, so I guess that that is a good sign,” Ramlal said.

He said they did not know the extent of Samaroo’s facial injuries, as his face was wrapped in bandages.

Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) has, meanwhile, expressed sympathy to the Samaroo family, and extended prayers for a speedy recovery.

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