GIS – 8 August, 2018: The finals of an inter-centre Bhojpuri and Sega songs competition were held today at the Rabindranath Tagore Institute, Ilot, Pamplemousses. The Social Welfare Centre of Goodlands won the first prize in the Bhojpuri category while the first spot in the Sega category went to Pamplemousses Social Welfare. Both winning teams received a shield and a cash prize of Rs 5000 each.
The aim of the competition was to create a platform to showcase talents across the local community in the northern region of Mauritius and promote cultural activities among the population. It was organised at the initiative of the Social Welfare Division which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in the context of activities marking the 50th anniversary celebrations of the independence of Mauritius.
In his address on that occasion the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training, Mr Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, while lauding the talents of participants spoke about the importance of discovering hidden talents and giving equal opportunities to all citizens to partake in cultural activities.
With regard to the challenges which the Mauritian society has to face, the Minister underlined the need to inculcate essential family values to children from an early age. This education will, on the one hand, ensure that children tread on the right path and, on the other hand, eradicate all forms of societal ills, he said.
For his part the Acting Social Welfare Commissioner, Mr Premnath Ramputh, recalled that the strength of Mauritius rests in its diversity of cultures and the unity across all communities. Culture has played an important role in nation-building in Mauritius and this has to be perpetuated as we shape our future collaboratively, he added.
The competition brought together 12 teams for the finals with six teams performing in the two categories. The second runner up for both categories won cash prizes of Rs 4000 each and a shield and the third runner up in the two categories were presented cash prizes of Rs 3000 and a shield each.
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