The artist was in Seychelles last week taking part in the second edition of the Seychelles-India Day celebrations. He was called on stage by Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture who explained that since the last couple of years Seychelles had initiated the concept of naming Cultural Ambassadors. “We choose people who understand Seychelles, who knows Seychelles and who believes in Seychelles as a holiday destination with a difference and who have the ability to promote us as a sought after holiday destination to their own people. Today we are proud to welcome Mr A. R. Rahman of India as our Cultural Ambassador”” said Minister St.Ange. Mr Rahman received his appointment certificate from the country’s Vice-President Danny Faure in a ceremony organised to celebrate the India Fest at the International Conference Centre in Victoria.
A.R. Rahman was also presented with a token of honour by the chairperson of the Seychelles-India Day celebrations committee Ramu Pillay.
Present at this auspicious occasion were former President of the Seychelles James Mancham, Indian Minister of State responsible for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma, Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St.Ange, Indian high commissioner Sanjay Panda among other guests.
The Indian composer, who has made his mark on the international music scene with his song ‘Jai Ho’, has won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards.
A.R. Rahman said he is proud to be chosen who will promote Seychelles as cultural ambassador.
Mr Sanjay Panda, the Indian High Commissioner said when he addressed the ceremony that the historical and cultural bonds which exist between Seychelles and India are today stronger than ever.
“The visit of the Indian Minister responsible for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma, for this occasion is testimony to our traditional cultural linkages that we seek to nurture besides showcasing the various facets of Indian culture in this country,” he said.
Mr Panda said this year’s Seychelles-India Day celebrations event has been yet another success where everyone has been able to take part in the different activities across the four days.
Dr Sharma o his part said India is proud of the close bond of friendship it shares with Seychelles that has stood the test of time. Our cultural linkages date back to many years when the first Indians set foot here as the first inhabitants of Seychelles.
The Indian Minister added that 2015 has been a special year in our bilateral calendar.
“The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Seychelles in March, the first prime ministerial visit from India in 34 years, and the state visit to India by President James Michel shortly thereafter, reflected not only our strategic convergence but also the importance we attach to our bilateral engagement. Our two countries are now on the threshold of a qualitative transformation in our ties across a broad spectrum,” the Indian Minister said.