The rich cultural heritage of the Maldives is being celebrated at one of the country’s most prestigious resorts. Dusit Thani Maldives, which encompasses the Mudhdhoo Island in the Baa Atoll, launched the first in a series of cultural events with Call of the Sangu between 20th – 22nd April. An arts & crafts market was held across the three days, which featured live demonstrations of Maldivian craftsmanship and offered the guests the opportunity to purchase original Maldivian lacquerware and other handicraft. Attendees were also treated to live sand art accompanied by local music, while guests of all ages had the opportunity to try their hand at painting under the guidance of renowned local artists.
The interactive painting of Maldivian artist Mariyam Shany Ahmed explored the world of fantasy and mythology on the second day of events, while DJ Menimal – a name synonymous with dance music in the Maldives – concluded festivities with a live set in the resort’s Sala Bar. Thanos Lionsatos, Dusit Thani Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “The idea remains to bring the essence of Maldivian Culture to the resort for our guests to experience more than just a resort. Dusit Thani Maldives brought forward the unique concept of inviting its guests to explore and experience the richness of Maldivian culture through Call of Sangu. Our guests got inspired by varied local art forms and can appreciate the visual and the performing, the dying and the thriving, a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary artistic impressionism.”
The resort will continue to roll out a regular programme of Maldivian cultural events, including Children’s Day on 17th May. Other events are expected to be confirmed soon.
Thanos said he has been “delighted” with the number of people attending events so far. “We have received a very positive response from the events,” he said. “Our guests staying at the resort were overwhelmed to see the artists performing live. They have promised to come back again and told us about their next trip every soon. We have had a strong presence of local press and media who have appreciated our efforts as well.”