Message from director

Thumb imageAs I mentioned here the last time, the India-UK Year of Culture is now in full swing. May and June have been busy with very successful events. The visit of Indian naval Ship ‘Tarkash’ to the Thames saw over a thousand people participate. The Jaipur Literature Festival at British Library drew in huge crowds over two days with some great sessions and live music. Ravishankar’s only Opera ‘Sukanya’ was unique and spectacular and we were delighted that we supported the production. The photo-exhibition on India-UK Cricket history which premiered at the Lords, is on display at The Nehru Centre and will be travelling to Birmingham and Edinburgh in July and August.

The International Yoga Day events were held, for the first time, at the London Eye and Trafalgar Square this year with enthusiastic participation from over 15 Yoga schools. A 10 member folk dance group Dollu Kunitha, sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), performed at Edinburgh and will perform at the Glasgow Mela in July. ICCR is also sponsoring the tour of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Choir group led by Madhup Mudgal to the UK to give performances from 5th July to 18th July.

As part of the Year of Culture, we will have many events in Edinburgh during August including ‘At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain’- a photographic exhibition on the historic Indian presence in Britain; Indian Naval band at the Royal Military Tattoo and of course, a lot more music and dance. Please visit our website for full details, we hope to see you there.

Srinivas Gotru