About Friends of Mr Biswas

In 1996, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago purchased as a heritage building the family home of Seepersad and Droapatie Naipaul at 26 Nepaul Street, St James. The house is the house made famous in V.S. Naipaul’s novel A House for Mr Biswas. It is the house where the writer and journalist Seepersad Naipaul lived from 1946 till his death in 1953, the house where V.S. Naipaul lived from 1946 till 1950 when he departed for Oxford, the place where Shiva Naipaul another writer son of Seepersad grew up.

Friends of Mr Biswas is an NGO which was incorporated by Act of Parliament (Act No. 52 of 2000). In 2002 the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago granted Friends of Mr Biswas a 99 year lease to develop the house along these lines specified in the Act:
The aims and objectives of the Association are to manage and develop the Naipaul House at Nepaul Street as a Museum and International Study Centre for: (a) education; (b) cultural tourism (local and international); and (c) research on the writings of the Naipaul family, Trinidad and Tobago Literature, and West Indian Literature.

The Patron of Friends of Mr Biswas is Senator the Honourable Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, GORTT.

Distinguished Lifetime Friend of Mr Biswas: Mr Colin Laird, Chairman, Friends of Mr Biswas 2001 - 2008, whose ideas and skills preserved the building and directed its development.

Chairman: Professor Kenneth Ramchand

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Symposium on Arima Icon: F.E.M. Hosein, Former Mayor of Arima

  • Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Arima Town Hall

    You are cordially invited to a symposium on the inspirational Arima patriot FEM Hosein…

Bond composer to re-record theme

Posted by Raphael Ramlal, Sunday, 16th October 2016 @ 2:57pm

  • The Sunday Times alleged that Mr Norman did not write the tune

    Composer Monty Norman is to re-record the James Bond theme with its original lyrics reinstated.

    Norman first wrote the classic tune - initially called Bad Sign, Good Sign - for a musical version of VS Naipaul's novel A House for Mr Biswas.

    After he was hired to provide music for the first Bond film, Dr No, he reworked the song as a theme tune.

    Norman won £30,000 libel damages in 2001 over an article that claimed the theme had been written by John Barry.

    But while Barry did provide the tune's distinctive big-band orchestration, Norman has always received royalties.

    The 77-year-old is now re-recording the song for a new album, Completing the Circle, which will also include a different orchestration of the Bond theme to Barry's.

    The lyrics of Bad Sign, Good Sign, written by Julian More and Monty Norman, are as follows

    I was born with this unlucky sneeze

    And what is worse I came into the world the wrong way round

    Pundits all agree I am the reason why

    My father fell into the village pond and drowned.

    "I have always said that Barry's orchestration of my theme was the best so far and that I think he is one of the best composers in the business," Norman told the Observer.

    Barry went on to write the score for 11 of the James Bond films.

    Norman's other shows include Expresso Bongo, filmed with Cliff Richard in 1960.

    According to the Observer he is currently working on a musical version of the Kingsley Amis novel Lucky Jim. 

The St. James of the Naipauls and Capildeos

  • Tuesday, 25th October 2016 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: City Hall, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain

    Seepersad Naipaul was married to Droapatie Capildeo in Chaguanas in 1929.  Local knowledge and…

    • 1 person attended

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