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Famous Mauritian People

Mauritius has a rich history in the field of art and culture.  Being a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious country, it has inherited the great cultural traditions of Europe, Asia and Africa. 

During its history of two and a half centuries, these traditions have been perpetuated by its people and by a great number of writers, poets, sculptors and artists.

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List of famous people in Mauritius


  • Athletes
    • Johan Martmitte, Mauritian Football Player
    • Stephan E enfle, Mauritian Football Player
    • Giovany Jeannot, Mauritian Football Player
    • Jimmy Cundasani, Mauritian Football Player
    • Giovany Jeannot, Mauritian Football Player
    • Désiré Periatambee, Football Player for France
    • Gavin Heeroo, Ex-Football Player for Crystal Palace
    • Christopher Perle, Football Player for Germany
    • Jerry Louis, Football Player for France
    • Stephane Buckland, athlete
    • Yehya Bundhun, athlete
    • Dominic John Rebelo, athlete
    • Eric Milazar, athlete
    • Fernando Augustin, athlete
    • Arnaud Casquette, athlete
    • Jonathan Chimier, athlete
    • Caroline Fournier, athlete
    • Denis Constantin, athlete
    • Edouard Clarisse, athlete
    • Amrita Sawaram, athlete
    • Kim Lee Chong, Soccer Referee
    • Marie-Helene Valerie Pierre, athlete
    • Stephan Beeharry, athlete
    • Brian Attock, kick-boxer
    • Fabrice Bauluck, kick-boxer
    • Riaz Durgahed, boxer
    • Bruno Julie, boxer (2008 Olympic Bronze Medallist)
    • Giovanni Michael Frontin, boxer
    • Michael Macaque, boxer
    • David Li Yuen Fong, Karateka (world champion 2001)
    • Karen Foo Kune, Badminton Champion, Sportswoman of the Year 2004
    • Vikash Dhorasoo, Mauritian-French football player
    • Alain Pillay, bodybuilder and holder of several Mr Mauritius titles
  • Authors and writers
    • Dr Neel Burton, psychiatrist, philosopher, and writer
    • Jean Fanchette, playwright and novelist
    • Lindsey Collen, author
    • Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981), author
    • Carl de Souza, author
    • Ananda Devi, author
    • Bertrand de Robillard,author,novelist
    • Nathacha Devi Appanah, author,journalist
    • Abdool Hamid Ramjeet, writer, retired Colonel, retired School Inspector
    • Dev Virahsawmy, writer, linguist
    • Harrikrisna Anenden, Writer
    • Priya N. Hein, author
    • Yusuf Kadel, writer
    • J.M.G. Le Clézio, writer
    • Martine Maurel, writer (Globetrotter series)
    • Khal Torabully
    • Valayden Gaston, Author, Director, Actor
    • Marie-Thérèse Humbert, writer
    • Prof. Soodursun Jugessur, Chancellor University of Mauritius, social thinker, writer
    • Jabbar Iqbal, writer
    • Yacoob Ghanty, author
    • Rabin Bhujun, editor in chief of l express Dimanche weekly newspaper
    • Raj Meetarbhan, editor in chief of l express daily newspaper

  • Chefs
    • Dhanesh Boodhun-Doctor and Youtube famous dancer.
    • Sobhanund Seeparsad, Journalist, Editor and Folklorist
    • Dan Maraye, Civil Servant
    • Lee Gregory Albert, Author, purveyor of fine pottery, Pioneer of the consumist movement
    • Eric Philippe Jansou, Sega Vocalist, botanist, metalurgist, amateur film critic
  • Designers
    • Ashley Purmessory, Interior designer
    • Patrice Hoffman, Graphic designer
    • Gerald Victoire, Graphic designer
    • Fabien Manuel , Graphic designer, Art Director
    • Reetesh Motah , Motion graphics designer, Animator
  • Government Ministers and Governors General
    • Marie Claude Arouff-Parfait, Government Minister
    • The Hon Mrs Sheilabhai Bappoo GOSK MP, Government Minister
    • Radhamanay Roonoosarny, Government Minister
    • France Maria Roussetry, Government Minister
    • Indira Savitree Thacoor Sidaya, Government Minister
    • Félicité France, Government Minister
    • Marie-Thérese Joceline Minerve, Government Minister
    • Chandrika Moruba, Government Minister
    • Monique Agnes Ohsan-Bellpeau, Government Minister
    • Anne-Marie Danielle Perrier, Government Minister
    • Sir Dayendranath Burrechobay, Former Governor-General of Mauritius
    • Sir Satcam Boolell, Government Minister
    • Vasant Bunwaree, Government Minister
    • Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, Government Minister
    • Kailash Purryag, Government Minister
    • Rajeswur Purryag, Government Minister
    • France Maria Roussetry, Government Minister
    • Sir Abdool Raman Osman first governor-general
    • Navin Soonarane, Government Minister
  • Information and Communication Technology
    • Nundkoomar Roshan Motah , IT Technician

  • Law
    • Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay (1945- ), chief justice
    • Emmanuel Jean Leung Shing, Former Attorney General of Mauritius
    • Bernard Sik Yuen, current Chief Justice

  • Music and other arts
    • Rouhangeze, Vocalist/Composer
    • Hugh Lennon, International Stage Hypnotist, born in Mauritius
    • Menwar Lelou, song writer/composer, singer and musician
    • Adrian John-Chuan, actor, breakdance choreographer
    • Bam Cootayen - Singer
    • Roger Charoux, painter
    • Marcel Lagesse, painter
    • Nicolas Lam-Hing, musician
    • Vaco Baissac, artist
    • Firoz Ghanty, artist
    • Joseph Reginald Topize (mostly known as Kaya), musician
    • Bruno Malcolm, musician
    • Sandra Mayotte, sega vocalist
    • Jean Claude Gaspard, sega composer and vocalist
    • Ernest Wiehe, Jazz musician -alto saxophone,arranger,composer,teacher
    • Dharmadeo Nirmal Hurry, sculptor
    • Laval Ng, artist
    • Phillipe Ohsan, former police band master, musician, composer and teacher
    • Serge Lebrasse, musician
    • Cassiyya, musical group
    • Louis-Gabriel Joseph (mostly known as Fanfan), Musician
    • Gangsta Beach, Musical Group
    • Groupe Abaim, Musical Group
    • Les Vautours, Musical Group
    • Emillien, Musician
    • Kana, Musician
    • Carino, Musician
    • Geneviève Bonieux, painter and sculptor
    • Jane David, dancer and choreographer
    • Sandhya Mungur, dancer and choreographer
    • Kamal Nandkishore, dancer and choreographer
    • Anna Patten, dancer and choreographer
    • Valérie Rajaram, dancer
    • Jean-Renat Anamah, dancer
    • Christian Rouget, dancer
    • Henry Coombes, painter, graphic artist and gallery owner
    • Pierre Argo, artist
    • Serge Constantin, painter
    • Les Windblows, musical group
    • Khalid Nazroo, painter
    • Nathalie Perichon, Artist Painter
    • Yves Pitchen, photographer
    • Tristan Bréville, photographer
    • Dhyaneswar Dausoa, sculptor
    • Rajesh Goonraz, actor/Director/Singer
    • Marcelino Chaton, sega composer
    • Francis Thomé, composer
    • Wendy Simiette, Vocalist
    • Linley Marthe, musician
    • Françoise Robin, artist
    • Cyril Ramdoo, musician
    • Cyril Labonne, musician
    • Phillipe Thomas, jazz musician, trumpeteer
    • Alain Permal, musician
    • Josee Clancy, musician
    • Jacques Cantin, sega composer, vocalist
    • Cassamboo, Musician
    • Tian, Musician
    • Seeyam Brijmohun, Artist, Writer
    • Jean Alphonse Ravaton (mostly known as Ti Frère), musician
    • Claudio Veereragoo, Musician
    • Vollard Combo, Musician
    • Yela, Musician
    • Sylvio Lynx, Musician
    • Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, of the band Incognito - born in Mauritius
    • Kushal Gaya, musician
    • Denis Lesage, piano performer & teacher - Diplôme d Etat (France), musicologist - Maîtrise (Sorbonne)
    • Neshen Teeroovengadum , Guitarist / Composer , Maconde Album
    • Jean Alain ROUSSEL, aka Jean ROUSSEL, Composer/Producer/Musician (Cat Stevens/The Police/Celine Dion/Joe
    • Cocker/Roy Buchanan/Thin Lizzy/Robert Palmer)
    • Gerard Maunick, International Award Winning Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist
    • Sylvio de Lapeyre, Painter


  • Philanthropists and Social activists
    • Rémy Ollier (1816-1845), social activist, humanist, journalist and poet
    • Dookhee Gungah, philanthropist, social worker, entrepreneur
    • Shirin Ameeruddy-Cziffra, Human Rights activist
    • Habibullah Hayatoolah, social worker and advocate of Urdu language.
    • Loga Virahsawmy, feminist, journalist


  • Poets
    • Léoville Lhomme, Poet
    • Robert-Edward Hart (1891-1954), Poet
    • Edouard Maunick, Poet
    • Lilian Berthelot, Poet
    • Marcel Cabon, journalist and poet
    • Raymond Chasle, Poet
    • Julien Rault, Poet

  • Political figures
    • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (1900-1985), first Prime Minister, former Governor-General and the founding father of independent Mauritius
    • The Rt. Hon.Sir Anerood Jugnauth , KCMG, QC , G.C.S.K , LLB, GOLH, GOP OSJ(1930- ),Second Prime Minister , President of Mauritius, Father of the Republic
    • Harish Boodhoo , former vice prime minister and leader of PSM
    • Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam (1947- ), prime minister
    • Pravind Jugnauth (1961- ), former deputy prime minister
    • Charles Gaetan Xavier-Luc Duval (1958- ), Vice-Prime Minister, Leader of PMXD, politician and chartered accountant.
    • The Hon Sheilabhai Bappoo GOSK ,MP, National security minister since 1983
    • Abdool Razack Mohamed (1906-1978), one of the three founding fathers of independent Mauritius
    • Cassam Uteem (1941- ), former president
    • Emmanuel Anquetil, politician
    • Paul Raymond Bérenger (1945- ), former prime minister (2003-2005)
    • Sookdeo Bissoondoyal (1908-1977), politician and one of the three founding fathers of independent Mauritius.
    • Maurice Curé, politician
    • Sir Charles Gaëtan Duval (1930-1996), politician, foreign minister for Mauritius from 1969 to 1973, knighted 1981
    • Serge Clair (1940- ), leader of Rodrigues
    • Maurice Lesage, politician, Leader of the Opposition from 1970 to 1973
    • Moneshwar Hurry (1933-1998), Permanent Secretary for Education (1976-1980)
    • Nicolas von Mally, politician
    • Karl Offmann (1940- ), former president
    • Prega Ramsamy, politician
    • Veerasamy Ringadoo (1920-2000), former president
    • Claude Wong So, politician of Rodrigues
    • Rama Sithanen (1954- ), Deputy Prime Minister
    • Jean Daniel Spéville, Politician
    • Jaya Krishna Cuttaree diplomat
    • Madun Dulloo diplomat
    • Dan Callikan, PM s advisor and MBC Director

  • Religious figures
    • Pandit Sahadeo Rama (1898-1978), a Karma Yogi and Hindu priest.
    • Cardinal Jean Margéot (1916-2009), Catholic clergyman
    • Maurice Piat C.S.Sp, Bishop of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Father Jacques-Désiré Laval (1803-1864), also known locally as Pere Laval, Catholic priest, beatified in Rome on 29 April 1979. Powers for miraculous healing are attributed to him. He was called the apostle of the blacks.

  • Scientists and technologists
    • Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard  (1817-1894), neurologist, phyologist
    • Julien François Desjardins (1799–1840), zoologist
    • Professor Indurlall Fagoonee (1950- ), marine scientist, Professor of Environmental Science, Vice Chancellor of the  University of Mauritius since 2005. Chairman of the Mauritius Oceanographic Institute, Chairman COMESA Regional Investment Agency , UN Commissioner on Legal Continental Shelf.
    • Professor Goolam TG Mohamedbhai, Professor of Civil Engineering, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius since August 1995. Was a member of the UNESCO Regional Advisory Committee on Higher Education in Africa (1988-92), the UNESCO Advisory Committee on Regional Co-operation in Education in Africa (1994-96) and of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (1997-2000)
    • France Staub (1920—2005), ornithologist and conservationist
    • Jean M. Bosser, botanist
    • Joseph Guého, botanist
    • Radhakhrishna Dinesh Somanah, pioneer astronomer at the Mauritius Radio Telescope (MRT)
    • Nalini Heeralall-Issur, pioneer astronomer at the MRT (pulsar astronomy)
    • Sanjaye Ramgoolam, theoretical physicist (string theory)
    • Shardha Jogee, astronomer

List of Mauritian musicians
  • Mauritian musicians
    • Patricia Retournee, singer, Musician
    • Kaya (real name "Topize, Joseph Reginald"), Musician
    • Rouhangeze, Vocalist/Composer
    • Johnny Joseph, Musician
    • Alexandre Meyepa, musician
    • Adrien Meyepa, musician
    • Elisa Meyepa, musician
    • Vollard Combo, Musician
    • Yela, Musician
    • Sylvio Lynx, Musician
    • Tapok, Musician
    • Roger Augustin, Musician
    • Aline Raelisoa, Musician
    • Marcelino, Musician
    • Roger Augustin, Musician
    • Nicolas Lam-Hing, Musician
    • Michel Admette, Musician
    • Eric Triton, Musician
    • Racinetatane, Musician
    • Juliette Joennise, Musician
    • Manahé, Musician
    • Sylvino Louise, Musician
    • Georges Armelle, Musician
    • Marie-Jose Couronne, Musician
    • Percy Yip Tong, Musician
    • Malcolm Bruno, Musician
    • Alain Auriant, Musician
    • Kenneth Nelson, Musician
    • Clarel Betsy, Musician
    • Michel Legris, Musician
    • Rosange André, Musician from Rodrigues
    • Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, of the band Incognito - born in Mauritius
    • Yannick Nanette, Musician
    • Sylvan Attock, Musician
    • Éric de Chasteauneuf, Musician
    • Majorie Seevraz, Musician
    • Audrey Poussin, Musician
    • Nicolas Ritter, Musician
    • Pascal Bestel, Musician
    • Stéphane Gébert, Musician
    • Mélanie De Spéville, Musician
    • Yves Hermann, Musician
    • Jean-Paul Gallet, Musician
    • Géraldine Gallet, Musician
    • Nathalie Maurel, Musician
    • Alain Permal, musician
    • Josee Clancy, musician
    • Jacques Cantin, Musician
    • Cassamboo, Musician
    • Fanfan (Louis-Gabriel Joseph), Musician
    • Serge Lebrasse, Musician
    • Cassiyya, Musician
    • Cyril Ramdoo, Musician
    • Cyril Labonne, Musician
    • Gilbert Kupusami, musician
    • Didier Ah-Choon, Musician
    • José Joseph, Musician
    • José Siouse, Musician
    • Martin Zamudio, Musician
    • Bernard Desvaux de Marigny, Musician
    • Martin Samudio, Musician
    • Thierry Bechard, Musician
    • Carol Lamport, Musician
    • Manfred Faro, Musician
    • Shahil Sauba, Musician
    • Catherine Lagane, Musician
    • Anabelle Lagane, Musician
    • Christina Samudio, Musician
    • Karine Genevieve, Musician
    • Sabine Théveneau, Musician
    • Myriam Sorigué, Musician
    • Jean Yves Bestel, Musician
    • Melanie Chasteau, Musician
    • Melanie Bouic, Musician
    • Christophe Pougnet, Musician
    • Arnaud Desmarais, Musician
    • Arnaud Bouchet, Musician
    • Poema Louise, Musician
    • Frédéric de Chasteauneuf, Musician
    • Bernard Nemorin, Musician
    • Pascal Cimiotti, Musician
    • Menwar, Musician, Seggae artist
    • Jean-Claude Gaspard, Musician
    • Nancy, Musician
    • Grup Latanier, Musical Group
    • Mario Armel, musician
    • Snyper, Musician
    • Black Faya, Musician
    • Babale, Musician
    • Roger Clency, Musician
    • Ton Vye, Musician
    • Natir Chamarel, Musician
    • T-East, Musician
    • Ras Mayul, Musician
    • Mighty Jah, Musical Group
    • Claude La Foudre, Musician
    • Steve Augustin, Musician
    • La Legende du Seggae, Musician
    • Seggae & co, Musical Group
    • Le Vivalmi Group, Musical Group
    • Claudio (aka Bye Abu), Musician
    • Zul Ramiah, Musician
    • Dany Drack & le groupe Ravanna, Musical Group
    • Cololo le Maitre, Musician
    • La Vi Cool, Musician
    • Nu Nas Kool, Musician
    • Dario Lascie, Musician
    • Dalton, Musician
    • Natty jah, Musician
    • Blakkayo, Musician
    • Zotsa, Musical Group
    • SBRZ, Musical Group
    • Puissance Sega, Musical Group
    • OSB, Musical Group
    • Grup Leve ti West de Bambous, Musical Group
    • Marcelino Chaton, Musical Group
    • Jacques Lebout, Musician
    • George Bergicourt, Musician
    • J.K. Nelson, Musician
    • Ile Maurice, Musical Group
    • Revelation, Musical Group
    • Fleurs De Maurice, Musical Group
    • Laura Beg, A/C/I singer and choriste winner of Étoile de la Créolophonie in Australia
    • J.M Volcy, Musician
    • Georges Milat, Musician
    • Gangsta Beach, Musical Group
    • Didier Delia, Musician
    • Jean-Claude Nabab,Musician
    • Jimmy Labelle, Musician
    • José Delia, Musician
    • Groupe Abaim, Musical Group
    • Les Vautours, Musical Group
    • Emillien, Musician
    • Kana, Musician
    • Carino, Musician
    • Annirow Lukea, musician
    • Miche Rose, musician
    • Linley Marthe, musician, currently playing with The Joe Zawinul Syndicate
    • Jean Alain ROUSSEL, aka Jean ROUSSEL, Composer/Producer/Musician (Cat Stevens/The Police/Celine Dion/Joe
    • Cocker/Thin Lizzy/Robert Palmer)
    • Jean-Claude Selvon, Musician
    • Karl Selvon, Musician63
    • Neshen Teeroovengadum , musician
    • Waez Mandarin, musicians
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