Balwant Thakur takes over world’s biggest Cultural Centre as Director

PORT LOUIS (MAURITIUS): Eminent theatre director of India Padamashree Balwant Thakur today took over the world’s biggest cultural centre of India abroad as director. Popularly known as Indira Gandhi Centre of Indian Culture is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Prior to this Balwant Thakur served as the Cultural Diplomat of India to South Africa and headed the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre based in the city of Johannesburg. Known as the magic man of theatre and decorated with Padamashree and the Highest Indian honour in performing arts, Balwant Thakur has also the credit of having held various prestigious cultural positions including the Secretary Art, Culture and languages Jammu & Kashmir and Regional Director of the ICCR Centres of Jammu and Srinagar.
It’s a matter of pride and prestige for the people of Jammu & Kashmir in particular and for the community of the artists of India in general that one amongst them was now heading the World’s biggest Cultural Centre of India.
The IGCIC (Indira Gandhi Centre of Indian Culture) at Phoenix, Port Louis was inaugurated on March 11, 2000 by Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India and Dr Navin Chandra Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The Centre promotes bilateral cultural linkages and awareness between India and Mauritius by organizing cultural programmes, cultural seminars, workshops and trainings engaging India based great masters, professionals and trainers for Yoga, Hindi, & Sanskrit and in performing Arts such as; Hindustani Classical Vocal Music, Tabla and Kathak dance.
IGCIC has a very well-equipped Library with a wide range of books on Indian art, culture, literature and other subjects with several magazines and books in English, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi. There are books on Indian History, Culture, Music & Dance, Fiction, International Relations, Yoga etc. Reference section in the library also houses collection of dictionaries, encyclopedia and Year Books, CDs and DVDs on Indian Art Films, Documentaries and Classics. Popular Indian Cinema is screened once every month which is free to viewers at IGCIC.
The IGCIC associates itself with Mauritius-India Friendship Society, Socio-cultural Organizations, Hindi Speaking Union, Urdu Speaking Union and different Cultural Institutions of the country for programmes, conferences, lectures and literary forums held at its premises.