Message from director

Thumb imageLast quarter, apart from our regular events at the Centre, we organised the tours of three groups sponsored by the ICCR, a folk dance group Dollu Kunitha from Karnataka, the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Choir group from Delhi and a Tribal group from Odisha. All three gave fantastic performances in many cities of UK, thank you all for supporting them. 

 This August, many events are happening in Edinburgh as part of the Year of Culture. For the first time ever, the Indian Naval Band is performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo along with a Bollywood Musical group. Other presentations include Majuli by Shilpika Bordoloi at the Dancebase, The Offering by Aditya Roy at C Venues and The Elephant in the room at Assembly Rooms. These will be on throughout August in Edinburgh, please visit if you can. In addition, the ICCR will be sponsoring the tour of ‘Mrigya’ Fusion Band led by Rajat Kakkad for performances in Birmingham and London.

In September, we will be premiering the photo-exhibition ‘At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain’, that tells the fascinating yet forgotten stories of how the historic Indian presence in Britain has critically shaped this nation. This exhibition, led by the Open University, in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, The Nehru Centre, and the University of Exeter, will tour Edinburgh, London and Leeds. 

 September to November will see several dance and theatre events as part of the Year of Culture at some of the most prominent venues in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham. The two big events in London will be the Independence Gala featuring a unique India-UK collaboration of dance and music at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 October and the UK Premiere of the Bharat Symphony composed and performed Dr.L. Subramaniam with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 28 November. Please visit our festival website for full details. We hope to see you there.

Srinivas Gotru