at the Department of Bhojpuri, Folklore and Oral Traditions
A reference work of 30 000 entries
Ramdin S : Bhojpuri-Hindi-English Dictionary
Compilation work completed
Final Editing work underway for Press copy to be published in India.
In the series of pre-recorded audio cassettes of the wedding songs of different
linguistic groups in Mauritius, the Department will soon undertake the
production of another project relating to traditional Tamil wedding songs
Production of Records & Cassettes of Folk Music of Mauritius
In accordance with the national policy of the Government of Mauritius to
promote educational and cultural growth, expecially in the field of pre-primary
schooling and early childhood development in Mauritius as well as in Rodrigues,
the present project aims at producing a second Learning Kit which will
consist of :
A Learning Kit of Traditional Singing Games of Rodrigues
A pre-recorded cassette of 10 or 12 singing-games
An illustrated handbook
A video manual
The project will be worked out by the Department - MGI in collaboration
The Ministry of Education and Scientific Research
The Ministry of Rodrigues
The Ministry of Arts and Culture
The Mauritius College of the Air
The task of building up the collection of folk material for the archival
collection as well as for the Folk Museum of the Department is underway
and the collection presently counts around 200 recorded cassettes, slides,
photographs and cultural objects.
Collection of Oral Literature for the Folk Archive of the Department
Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of Bhojpuri in Mauritius with Special
Reference to the Traditional Folk Songs
'Bhojpuri folk song' is best understood as a very broad term
that includes many different types of singing and songs of many periods
as performed by the singers.
The bulk of Bhojpuri folk songs of Mauritius comes from the past.
Much of the repertory, which travelled all the way to Mauritius, is known
to have been currently used in India in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Some are earlier in origin, and it is likely that some very old melodies
and lyrics have survived having been adapted to modern forms.
The Indian Immigrants in Mauritius were the natural ambassadors of their
culture and they possessed all the elements to recreate on the Mauritian
scene, the diversity of the cultural and linguistic aspects as represented
Saddul, V : Godna - The Art of Traditional Body-Tattooing in the Early
A monograph describing and analysing the old custom of tattooing
among the Indian immigrants of North India in Mauritius and some ritualistic
songs relating to same.
Deerpalsing, S : 19th Century Social History of Mauritius
Primary and secondary source material to be identified locally at
the Mauritius Archives, the National Library and other private libraries.
Ramhota, P : Kalimay Cult - Its Role in the Socio-Economic Development
Project underway and being worked out through interviews in the
south, north and western fishing villages of the island.
Govinden, V : Indian Immigration in Mauritius - The Role of Free Immigrants
in the 19th Century
Research from primary and secondary sources at the Mauritius Archives,
local as well as overseas libraries 1997-2001
Contact Person : Miss S. Ramdin
Head, Department of Bhojpuri, Folklore and Oral Traditions
Mahatma Gandhi Institute - Moka
Republic of Mauritius Tel.(230) 403 2000 Fax - (230)