The sunny beaches of Mauritius formed the creative playground for
a group of Indian artists during a recent tourism and art
promotion campaign in the island nation.
The initiative, a collaboration between the Mauritius Tourism
Promotion Authority's (MTPA) India office, hotel partner Maradiva
and the India-based Dolna Art Organisation, saw artists trying to
recreate the charms of the popular tourist destination Oct 19-24.
The paintings were exhibited Oct 24, the last day of the camp, at
Mauritian capital Port Louis.
"More such camps in the future would bring opportunities to
showcase various forms of art to the African continent, as
Mauritius has evolved as a holistic getaway island," an MTPA
The exhibition was inaugurated by the minister of tourism
promotion and leisure in Mauritius, Nandcoomar Bodha.
"The initiative was undertaken to create an exchange between the
two nations, highlight the work of Indian artists in Mauritius and
simultaneously encourage Indian artists to depict the beauty of
Mauritius," Bodha said.
The camp was presided over by Karl Mootoosamy, director, and
Vijaye Haulder, deputy director, MTPA.
"Some of the artists were from Santiniketan," a spokesperson for
The artists included Prerna Kewalramani, Sadananda Bhuti, Vartan,
Devyani Parikh, Pramod Apet, Gunjan Cowlagi, Sahnaj Pravin, and
Pradipta Biswas, among other upcoming contemporary artists.
The Indian artists, many of whom had not visited Mauritius before,
treated it as a journey of discovery.
"The experience was enriching. I tried to interpret the
traditional spirit of the island nation on my canvas. Mauritius is
an artist's delight with its vibrant colours," said Vartan, an
"The idea behind the exchange was to create a platform for closer
cooperation between the Mauritius and Indian artists. It was also
an endeavour to showcase Indian talent to Mauritius art
connoisseurs," the spokesperson said.
"Art can open gates for intermingling of cultures and people
between Mauritius and India. This initiative was a small milestone
that would lead to enriching cooperation linking both countries,"
Rajeev Nangia, associate Director of TRAC Representations India,
which facilitated the initiative, said.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority commenced its Indian
operations with the objective of showcasing and promoting the
country among Indian tourists. It organises various tourism and
"Mauritius was looking at more art and cultural exchanges with
India as part of its tourism promotion initiatives in the future,"
the spokesperson said.