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180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers to be marked in a special way

Date: October 27, 2014
Domain:Arts & Culture; International Relations
Persona: Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 27 October 2014: The commemoration of the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius will be marked in a special way and celebrated with due honour, consideration and respect, with some 21 activities spanned from 28 October to 5 November 2014.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mookhesswur Choonee, made the statement today at Labourdonnais Hotel in Port Louis at a press conference on activities to be held in the context of the Commemoration of the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius. The High Commissioner of the Republic of India, Mr Anup Kumar Mudgal, and other eminent personalities were also present.
The series of events will include, among others, the commemorative ceremony on 2 November 2014 as well as the opening of the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre, an International Hindi Conference by the Government of India, an International Bhojpuri Festival – “Bhojpuri Mahotsav”, and an International Conference on Indenture Labour Route.
“The Chief Guest at the official ceremony to be held at the Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis is the Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs of the Republic of India, Mrs Sushma Swaraj”, stated the Minister. He added that the ceremony will be marked by a wreath-laying ceremony, a re-enactment scene depicting the arrival of the first batch of indentured labourers to Mauritius, dance performances by local and foreign artists, launching of a Souvenir Magazine, inauguration and guided visit of the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre and unveiling of the bust of late Mr Beekrumsing Ramlallah.
Recalling that Mauritius will host the International (Regional) Hindi Conference from 29 October to 01 November, Mr. Choonee highlighted the importance of this conference in promoting Hindi among the Diaspora and understanding the overall status of Hindi in the respective countries. He added that in the margin of the Conference, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, the Board of Investment, Enterprise Mauritius and Air Mauritius have scheduled a press meeting with international reporters and media representatives to promote the Mauritian destination. 
Speaking on the International Bhojpuri Festival – Bhojpuri Mahotsavwhich will kick off on 30 October at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) in Moka, the Minister said that delegations from across the world including India and South Africa will be participating and that in the context, an exhibition entitled Glories of Bihar will be inaugurated on 3 November 2014 at the Rabindranath Tagore Institute, Illot.
The Arts and Culture Minister also spoke of the two-day international conference on the Indenture Labour Route Project, an initiative of his Ministry in collaboration with the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, to be held at the MGI as from 4 November. He pointed out that a Mauritian delegation is presently in Paris at the headquarters of UNESCO to support the inscription of the International Indenture Labour Route Project by UNESCO an as intangible World Heritage.
Minister Choonee announced that the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture in Phoenix will welcome an International Food Mela on 1st November. Participants comprise two chefs from India as well as Indian Women Association, local cultural centres and speaking unions. At the same venue, added the Minister, the High Commission of India and the Ministry of Arts and Culture will organise an exhibition of 52 paintings on the theme ‘Women by women’ depicting the lives of women in rural India.
Other activities that will mark the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius include the GOPIO youth conference at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Bell Village, on 31st October and a full length play ‘Bhojpuri Hamar Shaan Aur Pehchaan’ at Rabindranath Tagore Institute in Ilot. The play is a tribute to the Indentured labourers who set foot on Mauritian soil on 2 November 1834.
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