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  • There are some moments when time no longer counts and just hangs there, a vast and sustained presence. Such moments happen without warning and are there to be appreciated. Meeting the young pianist Shekina Mootanah was one of those moments. We met in the heart of the island in the Maison de L’Étoile in Moka, a former colonial residence that has long lain silent bereft of human...
  • For her first novel, published by Gallimard in France, Natasha Soobramanien, a young Englishwoman, daughter of Mauritian exiles, chose to revisit the work by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, transposed into our modern world. In spite of her Mauritian origins, Natasha Soobramanien has never lived in Mauritius. She was born and bred in London. Her first view of Mauritius was through the story of Paul...
  • Music Day is celebrated across all five continents on June 21. Music reflects the soul of a nation. In Mauritius, this soul is known as the sega. Sega originates from the very depth of slavery chants. Of African roots, it originally expresses the pain of Africans who were uprooted from their native land and subjected to forced labour. At night, it brings solace. Sensual and voluptuous –...
  • Green for harmony, orange for optimism, blue for vivacity and red for happiness and love. The Hindu religious festival Holi is celebrated today, March 21. It coincides with the last full moon day of the lunar month of Ph?lguna. Celebrated in a flurry of colours, Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.     Holi stems from Hindu mythology. The legend goes that...
  • The Maha Shivaratri pilgrimage in Mauritius is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Each year nearly 600,000 devotees make their way to the holy lake.   Maha Shivaratri – a great moment of peace and communion – celebrates Shiva, one of the three supreme gods in the Hindu triumvirate. Shiva is believed to have saved the world from destruction by swallowing...
  • Ganga Talao is a majestic place of prayer and silence. By what miracle did Grand Bassin Lake become one of the world’s most important Hindu sites? It’s not a very big lake, just a small crater of an extinct volcano, an inland stretch of water, 500 metres above the sea, somewhere in the deep south of Mauritius, between Mahébourg and Morne Brabant. Surrounded by forests,...
  • Initially a challenge, the idea of hosting the first Picasso exhibition in the Indian Ocean has at last come to fruition in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. This is how this extraordinary adventure came about. Life is sometimes full of surprising comings and goings, which can swing the life balance one way or another. Nothing prepared Steve Sowamy, a renowned Mauritian art dealer...
  • The dragon dance forms part of the tradition of the Chinese New Year, the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It indicates the beginning of the Spring Festival, which lasts fifteen days and ends with the Lanterns Festival. This folkloric dragon dance, which means  « run or dance with the dragon-lantern in hands », dates back to the Ming dynasty...
  • The Hindu temple Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen, also known as the Kaylasson Temple, is the most important Tamil place of worship of Mauritius. Situated at Sainte-Croix, its splendid traditional architecture, with a Dravidian style from the south of India, rises in the sky of this northern suburb of Port-Louis. The construction of this architectural marvel began in 1854 on the land...
  • In each of his novels, the writer plunges his everyday heroes into the whirlwinds of Mauritian history. Intense cyclone Carol, which devastated the island on 28 February 1960, was the worst in living memory in Mauritius. The country found it hard to recover, particularly because a less powerful storm had already hit one month earlier. This was the year – 1960 – that gave its name...