Directors Message


This is my first message to you as the Director of the Nehru Centre, a role that I have taken over just a few months ago. At the outset, allow me to thank you for all your love and support to this great institution over the years. My team and I are conscious that we are inheritors of a distinguished legacy, and we have to build on that, while continuing to provide all that you have enjoyed so far.

We see our key remit as driving the narrative around our beloved India; celebrating its rich ancient culture, while also bringing in the zing of the modern, having conversations and debates, continuing India’s powerful traditions of shastrarth.

Therefore, you will find that, in our programming, while continuing the practice of showcasing our performing arts, we have also assembled a line-up of events in the areas of literature, debates, and fine arts.

While we are proud of all the events we will put up over the next two months, a few that you could particularly enjoy are showcased below.

  • Lady Mohini Noon Kent will launch her book ‘Dear Mama’, which is a fascinating collection of intimate letters by eminent personalities to their mothers

  • The Nehru Centre in association with India Inc. will host a Global Dialogue Series – ‘A discussion with Sir Philip Barton’, incoming UK High Commissioner to India. This is a by-invitation-only event

  • Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation will bring before you ‘My Father – His Exalted Highness’ a theatrical portrait of the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, featuring onstage thespian Dr. Mohan Agashe, Mohammad Ali Baig, & Noor Baig. The play is designed and directed by Padma Shri Mohammad Ali Baig.

  • In association with Bengal Heritage Foundation and Kolkata Literary Meet, Nehru Centre will host Ruskin Bond, one of India’s most loved authors, who is returning to London after 5 decades!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Nehru Centre, India’s cultural home in London.

Amish Tripathi