Indira Gandhi Centre For Indian Culture, Mauritius
The setting up of an Indian Cultural Centre in Mauritius was natural given that 68% of the population of Mauritius is of Indian origin. The Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC) was established in Mauritius in 1987, and the IGCIC building is, in itself, a unique piece of Indian architecture
IGCIC implements the Cultural Exchange Programme between Mauritius and India. It not only promotes art and culture through Indian artistes and teachers but also supports local non-governmental organisations & cultural centres in promoting language, literature, art & culture.
The centre has an active teaching programme in Performing Arts and Yoga. The Performing Arts taught are Carnatic Vocal Music, Kathak Dance & Tabla. More than 1000 students are enrolled with IGCIC. Every month, IGCIC organises several cultural programmes which include Indian classical music/dance performances, monthly Priyadarshini, film shows, launching of books, theatre, kavi sammelans and sahitya sambad gosthis. In addition, there are meetings of the Indian Women’s Association, Indian Business Council, Indian Alumni Association and the Mauritius-India Friendship Society as well as lectures and lecture-demonstrations by IGCIC teachers in collaboration with local organisations.
The IGCIC's library has a collection of over 10,000 books on various aspects of Indian history, art & culture. Books are available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages such as Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, etc.