Message from director

Thumb imageAs we wind up the first quarter of the Year of Culture, we are delighted to note how well the events were received. The panel discussions on ‘Religion and the Empowerment of Women: A multi faith perspective’ and ‘Healing Hands: Women’s health and holistic remedies from Asia’ highlighting Ayurveda, Jamu and Acupuncture were held to mark the International Women’s Day. An Exhibition of Ajrakh, a dying art form, showcasing masterpieces of the national awardee was very much appreciated. So was His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda’s talk on Yoga-Vedanta concepts in traditional meditation practices and Clem Alford’s Sitar concert.

The Spotlight on India at the London Book Fair from 14-16 March was very successful with participation of over 100 publishers and authors from India including strong participation by the National Book Trust, Sahitya Academy, Publications Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. We also had two students of National School of Drama, New Delhi participate at the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Shakespeare’s Globe on 2 April. 

May and June will be a busy season in the Year of Culture calendar with high profile events including the visit of Indian Naval Ship Tarkash to Portsmouth and London, Premiere of Ravishankar’s Sukanya and the Jaipur Literature Festival at the British Library. Please visit our festival website for details. 

A special exhibition on history of India-UK Cricket ties is being curated as part of the Year of Culture which will be on display in June. To mark the International Day of Yoga, we have lined up several events including Talks, Workshops, and a day-long Conference. Apart from these, there are several other events this season that I am sure you will enjoy. 

Srinivas Gotru