Antananarivo: The Embassy of India in Antananarivo is organizing a special exhibition on Indian Diaspora in Madagascar on March 27, 2021 at Indian Embassy in Antananarivo.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by Prime Minister of Madagascar Christian Ntsay and Ambassador of India Abhay Kumar.
India has maritime links with Madagascar for several centuries. People from Indian mainland sailed across the Indian ocean to Madagascar. Even today, the Indian Ocean continues to be a strong link between the two countries.
There are about 17, 500 persons of Indian origin in Madagascar. As far back as 1780s, predominantly Indians from the Saurashtra region of Gujarat arrived in small sailing boats at the port of Mahajunga in the Northwest of Madagascar. By 1950, the community spread across Madagascar.
Today, the Indian Community has come a long way in creating a niche for itself in different regions of Madagascar. It not only plays a crucial role economically, but also enriches Madagascar’s cultural and social diversity.
This exhibition is a modest attempt of the Embassy of India in Madagascar to highlight their journey from India and their contributions in the development of Madagascar.