12 May 2010


In celebration of Indian Arrival Day 2010 (165 years), the Heritage Library Division of the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago is proud to recognize the works and achievement of Dr. Rudranath Capildeo – ‘Forty Years the Living Legacy.’ The work of this internationally respected mathematician and politician has not received the respect and recognition it deserves. It is in this light that the National Library has chosen to commemorate him.


An exhibition featuring the life and works of Dr. Capildeo was launched on Wednesday 12th May 2010, from 10.00am in the Audio Visual Room of the National Library in Port-of-Spain. This exhibition can be viewed by the public in the Atrium of the National Library Building.

In commemoration of this national hero a tour took place on Thursday 27th May, 2010 from Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas and continued to the Lion House (through Main Road Chaguanas), then to the Chaguanas Promenade and ended at the Chaguanas Public Library. There was music and discourse along the way highlighting the contribution of this gentleman. At the Chaguanas Public Library a reception was held in honour of Dr. Capildeo.

This exhibition features the life of Dr. Rudranath Capildeo:

  • His family: about his father, Pundit Capildeo and other prominent family members and descendants
  • His growing years: where he grew up, the Lion House; his education
  • A political glimpse: his life as a politician, leader of the opposition and member of parliment
  • Awards and achievements
  • Other clips of his life

In addition, aspects of East Indian culture were also featured:

Government websites with resources

  • Other East Indians of prominence in Trinidad and Tobago
  • East Indian instruments, food and utensils
  • Books by East Indian Authors

Historical information on the arrival of East Indians in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean is also displayed.