Dev Virahsawmy

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Dev Virahsawmy (born 1942 in Quartier Militaire, Mauritius), is a politician, playwright, poet and advocate of the Mauritian Creole language.

Early life[edit]

Virahsawmy spent his early childhood in Goodlands but after the death of his mother he went to live with his grandparents at Beau-Bassin.[1] After having done his secondary education, he went to Scotland at the Edinburgh University to study languages, literature and linguistics.

Political life[edit]

Between 1966 and 1987, he was a politician and one of the three leaders of the Mauritian Militant Movement.

Since leaving politics he has concentrated on play-writing. He is associated with the early protest theatre in Mauritius.[2] Virahsawmy is married to Loga Virahsawmy, a feminist and chairperson of Gender and Media Southern Africa.[3]



  • Zeneral Makbef (1981)[4]


Some of the lyrics of Ziskakan are from early poems by Virahsawmy.[5]


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  2. ^ Banham, Martin. A history of theatre in Africa. p. 410. 
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  4. ^ Banham, Martin. A history of theatre in Africa. p. 414. 
  5. ^ Banham, Martin. A history of theatre in Africa. p. 425.