Head, Centre for Mauritian Studies (Ph: 4032000, 4339294)
The Centre for Mauritian Studies operates as full-fledged centre of higher learning since 1996 when the institute was given full responsibility to develop the following fields of learning at the tertiary level: Indian Studies, Mauritian Studies, Chinese Studies, Performing Arts and Fine Arts. The setting up of the centre in1996 re-emphasized the importance of the Mauritian Studies as an area of studies for which the Mahatma Gandhi Institute has had a clear mandate since 1976 when the school of Mauritian, Asian and African Studies (SMAAS) was created.
Decentralisation of Music And Dance, Distance Education & E-Learning
Decentralization of Music and Dance, Distance Education and E-Learning Department
Contact: Dr. Mrs G. Ramyad, Senior Lecturer and Head (Ph: 4032000 ext 2155)
This Section has been set up within the School for Performing Arts to look after all activities pertaining to the promotion and decentralization of Indian Music and Dance across the island and Distance Education and E-Learning. The Section is primarily responsible for the teaching of Indian Music and Dance in the Mahatma Gandhi Secondary Schools, the Regional Centres, Womens' Centres and Socio-cultural Organizations, and for developing courses to be offered through Distance Education (DE) mode and for designing and developing e-learning materials.
Mr. Jayganesh Dawosing (Lecturer) Ag. Head of Department (Ph): 4032000 Ext 2103
The Department of Bhojpuri, Folklore & Oral Traditions was created in 1982 at the MGI, the main thrust being the provision of trained manpower for the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of human memories and oral traditions of independent Mauritius, which also includes Rodrigues and Outer Islands. Among the Department's completed and on-going publications are:
Dr. H. Soonder, Head Department of Creative Writing and Publications Ph: 4032000 Ext 2168, 2170
The Department of Creative Writing and Publications is actively involved in promoting and disseminating the creative writing in Hindi for general public. It presents a perspective through competitive schemes in collaboration with local and foreign writers. It also contributes to maintaining the dynamism of both writing and reading Hindi. The department represents a perspective in anthologies and magazines produced, the promotion of publication through competitive schemes and the promotion of translation for the important work of comparative Mauritian literature. The Department's regular publications are Vasant and Rimjhim are two Hindi Magazines published by the Department.
Curriculum Development Section Contact: Dr. (Mrs) G. Ramyad, Head, Curriculum Development Section (Ph: 4032000, ext: 2049)
This Section forms part of the newly established School of Performing Arts. Curriculum Development for music and dance has been going on but within the respective departments for the courses/disciplines under their responsibility. Within the former Department of Extra Mural Studies, the following syllabi were designed and implemented: - Secondary Schools (Levels I, II and III), Children’s Courses and Hobby Courses. The former Department of Music and Dance worked out the syllabi for Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses in the Performing Arts. In the process of the re-structuring of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in August 2006, the Curriculum Development Section was established as a full-fledged one within the School of Performing Arts.This Section is fully engaged in the following activities: curriculum design in vocal music, instrumental music and dance.
Mr. A.C. Jorai, Head, Creativity & Performance Section Ph: 4032000, ext: 2158
This Section has as mission the production of high quality creative works of music and dance for the preservation, promotion and dissemination of Indian Culture. The section engages in such work as mounting and presentation of ballets/dance dramas, CD production and production of orchestral pieces, fusion music, semi-classical and light music for various occasions, namely; National festivals (Mahashivratree, Varusha Pirapu, Ougadi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Divali), National Day Celebrations and other major events. Besides organizing its own programmes, MGI participates in a number of programmes responding to requests from institutions (Government and Private), socio-cultural organizations and from neighbouring islands and other countries. So far as resources concerned, the Section is able to put up high level programmes due to a good number of performing artistes among whom some are attached to the Section and others to other sections of the School of Performing Arts. The Section also provides opportunities to students under training at the institution and artistes outside the institute for putting forth their talents and creative abilities.
Stringed Instruments Section
Dr. D. Ramkalawon, Head, Department of Instrumental Music (Stringed) Phone: 4032000 (ext: 2059)
The School of Performing Arts, initially known as the School of Indian Music & Dance was catered for by only one Head responsible for all disciplines. A laudable initiative has been the restructuring process recently brought about, gave rise to the formation of seven departments/sections allowing a good functioning in each discipline. This specific Department is actually operating with a Sitar and Violin Section.