Directors Message

Our Year of Culture events outlined here in my last message were received very well by audiences around the country. Starting with Edinburgh festivals in August, the festival of dance and theatre at various venues in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham, the Independence Gala have all been a great success. The Gala at the Royal Festival Hall attracted a huge audience with some mesmerising performances by over 150 dancers and musicians from India and UK.

In the last season for this year, we are showcasing several events at the Nehru Centre that might interest you: the Khayal Festival, first overseas film screening of National Award winning film ‘Raag Desh’, folk dances of central and western parts of India, panel discussions, book launches, Exhibitions, screening of a documentary film – Saragrahi- the True Story to Commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi, to name a few. We will also have Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, the living legend, give a special talk on the development of Kathak through ages.

We have more shows coming up in October-November as part of the Year of Culture with a grand finale event on 28 November at the Barbican – the UK Premiere of Bharat Symphony – composed and performed by the Violin maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam with the London Symphony Orchestra. Please do join if you can, tickets are on sale now. It is going to be a memorable event. Please visit our festival website for all our events.

It is time to say goodbye but we will be back again next March with many more exciting events. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Milad ul Nabi, and a Happy New Year.

Srinivas Gotru