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India Week organised to mark 50th anniversary of Independence of Mauritius

The Ministry of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the High Commission of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will organise an India Week from 14 April to 22 April 2018 in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Mauritius.

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, made this announcement yesterday at a press conference held in Port Louis, in presence of the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr Abhay Thakur.

The India Week will comprise performances by renowned artists from India, namely Ms Kavita Paudwal, Bhangra Group, Brij Lok Kala Manch, Kathak Kendra Repertory Group, Mr Surendra Sharma, and Rajasthani folk dance Group. They will be performing around the island, namely in St Pierre, Flacq and Rose Belle so as to give India Week a regional dimension.

Performances at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC), the Rabindranath Tagore Institute and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, and a Gala Show at Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre are also scheduled.

Minister Roopun highlighted that the India Week will help to further consolidate the strong diplomatic and cultural relations between Mauritius and India. He added that the India Week will be followed by the Indian Food and Handicraft Mela on 05 May 2018 at the IGCIC and the celebration of International Yoga Day on 24 June 2018.

The High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr Abhay Thakur, emphasised that the India Week is another important landmark in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Mauritius and it brings forward a whole range of activities showcasing India's cultural diversity. He recalled that during the recent visit of the President of the Republic of India to Mauritius, a new cultural exchange programme was signed for the next three years, enabling India and Mauritius to strengthen their cultural relations.

Source: Government of Mauritius