GIS – 10 October 2014: The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mookhesswur Choonee, held a press conference yesterday at the China Cultural Centre, Bell Village, to elaborate on a series of activities to be organised in the context of the following forthcoming events, namely, Divali, the International Hindi Conference, the international Bhojpuri festival “Bhojpuri Mahotsav” and the commemoration of the arrival of indentured labourers.
The press conference was held after the Minister met with representatives of socio-cultural organisations, cultural centres and Speaking Unions to seek their collaboration in the organisation of these activities.
He announced that as for the Divali festival, a one-week celebration will be organised by the Hindu House, Port Louis as from 12 October 2014. During this week, a trade fair will also be held in the compound of the Hindu House, in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) and the Municipality of Port Louis.
Moreover, a Divali cultural show will be held by the MGI on 21 October 2014 to promote unity and diversity in Mauritius. On 25 October 2014, the Ministry is organising a cultural programme at Anjalay Stadium, Belle Vue, with the participation of two famous Bollywood actors and some 30 artists, both local and Indian.
The three-day International Hindi Conference, organised by the World Hindi Secretariat and the High Commission of India, will kick off on 29 October 2014 at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Phoenix.
As from 30 October 2014, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, will be the venue for the two-day “Bhojpuri Mahotsav”. A 70-member delegation of Bhojpuri-speaking people from India will take part in the conference. Delegations from across the world including Thailand, South Africa and Australia will participate. In the contest of this event, an exhibition on the glories of Bihar will kick off on 3 November 2014 at the Rabindranath Tagore Institute, Illot.
The official ceremony to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers will be held on 2 November at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Port Louis, in the presence of the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj. Activities will include a wreath-laying ceremony and the unveiling of a monument to commemorate the arrival of the first batch of indentured labourers which included thirty men and six women, in Mauritius in 1834.
On this same occasion, the bust of late Beekrumsing Ramlallah, and the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre, the only site in the world, inscribed on UNESCO’s list that is devoted to indentured immigration, will also be officially inaugurated.
Moreover, a two-day international conference on the Indenture Labour Route Project, an initiative of the Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, will also be organised at the MGI, Moka.
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