The Everybody Loves Raymond (ELR) concert has become an annual event with fans arriving from across the globe.
But something special happened at the show this year – at least for two visitors from Florida.
Allan Gopie, owner of a radio station in Florida, went on his knees and proposed to his sweetheart, Ameilia Boodoosingh, as local entertainer Raymond Ramnarine performed the couple's favourite song.
Gopie, who operates We Ting Radio, surprised his long-time girlfriend with a trip to the Trinidad to attend the popular concert at Centre of Excellence, Macoya on Saturday night.
But as Ramnarine began began singing “Aap Ke Kareeb” Gopie asked his love to be his wife. Boodoosingh said yes.
Gopie said, “I have been to the concert four times with my girlfriend. We have been together for the past four years. But when I met Raymond last May I told him I want to propose to her at his show. And when he was about to sing the song that we like he called out to us and that was when I went down on my knees.”
Boodoosingh was blown away.
The couple was accompanied by 40 persons who travelled to Trinidad for the event. They plan to return next June to marry in Trinidad.
The ELR concert attracted thousands of patrons who began arriving at the venue from 5pm. However, fire officers prevented the organisers from opening the doors until 7pm – one hour before the show was scheduled to begin.
Raymond Ramnarine and his band Dil-E-Nadan, including his brother Rennie and Richard, and Renuka Mahabir gave fans a full concert performance. The show also featured performances by Generation 3 (G3), the children of Raymond and Richard Ramnarine. The youngsters showed off their versatility in performing old and new Bollywood songs.
ELR opened with performances by Renuka Mahabir, Rennie Ramnarine and Andy Singh. Youngsters Varun, Vinesh, Amish and Arvind Ramnarine received standing ovations.
But, as in the years gone by, it was Raymond Ramnarine who had the audience lapping up his every word.
Ramnarine who just came out of a successful Carnival season did not disappoint his fans.
Chanting “Raymond!”, “Raymond!” as he mounted the stage Ramnarine's voice was barely audible as he began opened his performance with Kishore Kumar's “Agar Tum Na Hote”. He followed with Mohammed Rafi's “Aja, Aja” and “Gerua” which sent the crowd in a frenzy.
Following in his father's footsteps, Vinesh Ramnarine, commanded the audience to clap their hands as he danced and sang “Bachana Ai Haseeno”. The little showstopper even challenged his father to a dance off.
In a heart-warming performance Ramnarine was joined by his two sons as they sang “Zaalima” by Indian playback singers Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur.
Ramnarine and his brother, Rennie, also performed a duet of a medley of old and new Bollywood sings.
The show ended at 2am.
Bollywood singer, Amit Mishra, was well received as he performed at the ELR concert on Saturday.
Mishra was accompanied by newcomer, Avanie Joshi.
The Indian singer said he was amazed by the Trinidad and Tobago culture and that his music was so popular in the Caribbean.
Mishra said he enjoyed the local chutney music.
He began his session with the song “Bulleya” from the Bollywood movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
Joshi delivered several of her Indo-pop selections which were well received by the audience.