Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tribute to a princess and poetry

The name of Princess Indira Devi Dhanrajgir isn't very familiar with the younger generation of Mauritians. She was the first Indian princess to visit Mauritius a few months after it became independent in 1968 and after that she was a regular visitor to the island, her last visit being in 2008.

Indradhanush, a trilingual magazine—Hindi, French and English—edited by Pahlad Ramsurrun, dedicated its latest issue to the princess and to her poet-husband Seshendra Sharma. The magazine calls Indira Devi “an icon of cultural ambassador and recalls her works and meetings with political and social leaders, with writers and poets from Mauritius, including Malcolm de Chazal, with whom she had close ties.

Pahlad Ramsurrun pays a rich tribute to the princess and, in this task, he benefits from the support of his  close collaborators. They include, among others, Bernard Violet, a specialist on the thoughts of Malcolm de Chazal, , Jean Claude Antoine,  Shakuntala Boolell,  Christian Lecomte,  Robert Furlong,  Yvan Martial, late Dr M. Chintamunee, Danielle Nairac, Agnès Larcher, Mélanie Anthony, and Sunil Gopal.In this sepecial isuue, readers will come across excerpts and writings  from the different newspapers on the visit of the princess to Mauritius, the historical and significant meeting she had with Malcolm de Chazal, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Sir Hurrylal R. Vaghjee, Sir Gaëtan Duval, Simadree Virahsawmy, among others, and the repercussions that the meetings had on other equally eminent personalities in the country.

Full report here

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