About Indian Embassy – The Nehru Centre (TNC):
The Nehru Centre (TNC) acts as the cultural wing of The High Commission of India in UK. Established in 1992, it is regarded by ICCR as its flagship cultural centre abroad, and has, over the years, emerged as a premier institution engaged in India’s cultural interface with UK.
The Centre serves as a platform for Indian culture in the broadest sense, focussing on the role played both by British and Indian artists in promoting greater mutual cultural understanding. It has launched several books by both Indian and British authors and promoted the participation of British authors in Indian literary festivals. The Centre also serves as a catalyst and facilitator in promoting interaction among cultural bodies in the two countries, as well as in building strategic partnership and collaborations with important cultural institutions in UK with the end objective of promoting Indian culture in this country.
THE EVENT – 2015
Following the phenomenal success of the Korean Open Embassy event in the summer, November 9th saw the first Open Embassy event organised by Al Douglas (HASH7) and Paul Knowles (IMC) at the Indian Embassy Nehru Centre.
The event supported by the fabulous Premium Beer ‘True Maharaja’ is designed to enhance networking communication between cultures and maximise the full potential of what is possible through Art & Music collaboration. The event has the unique twist of being held at various embassies, honouring the collaboration on an annual basis.
The Invite only event packed with high profile guests kicked off with a short art exhibition by Indian artist Rama Rajesh who has done her Masters in Fine Art in University of East London showed of her Mural, Acrylic Paintings and sold some paintings at the event followed by the amazing performances from world renowned Talvin Singh, Indian flautist Naveen Kumar and violin virtuoso Anna Phoebe from the UK.
The whole evening was catered by the well-known and admired Asian chef Manju Malhi, who kept the guests fed during the networking and live performances.
Here are the Open Embassy India talents of 2015
Naveen Kumar is an Indian flautist, music composer and singer. His is known for his remarkable proficiency at playing a variety of flutes from across the world, as well as his collaborations with the Academy Award-winning music composer AR Rahman. Besides being a much-sought after recording artiste in the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu film industries, he is also a prolific music producer. He has six critically acclaimed music albums to his credit.
Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her stunning live performances. Anna has toured and supported artists and bands including Bob Dylan at the Rock Legends Festival, Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as a solo artist with her own band.
Fusion Tabla Player
Talvin Singh, is a producer and composer and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass.
Chef and Food Writer
Manju Malhi was raised in North West London where she grew up surrounded by Indian culture, traditions and lifestyles. She comes from a non-conformist Asian family. She won the BBC's Food and Drink competition in 1999 and cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson on BBC2, and has also appeared on ITV's Saturday Cooks and This Morning, Saturday Kitchen and Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds. Manju’s first book, the award winning ‘Brit Spice’ was published by Penguin Books. Her second book ‘India with Passion’ covers regional Indian home cuisine. Manju's Simply Indian series was aired on the Taste Network.
Fine Art Artist
Rama Rajesh is an artist of Acrylic painting, 3D Mixed Media Murals, Tanjore painting, Mural Painting, Oil painting.
True Maharaja Cardamom beer
Open Embassy Sponsor
The development of this beer has been a long journey, our passion lead us to develop and perfect our recipe for Cardamom Beer. Having developed a craft beer for Asian cuisine and with such high regard to quality, naturally we could only name our new range of spiced craft beer ‘True Maharaja'
“As usual your events are full of genuinely interesting people. Music was fabulous. I traveled in from the country for this event – well worth it. Thanks Al”
– Quote from Ajit Chambers
AFTER EVENT FOLLOW UP SO FAR
The feedback and follow-up from the Korean Open Embassy event has been amazing:
Anna Phoebe –
– Anna Phoebe offered a bespoke financial contract to compose music for Weav Music, an app-based company.
– Anna Phoebe asked to perform a special showcase for Notting Hill Publishing at Tileyard Studios – London.
Naveen Kumar –
– Naveen Kumar lands endorsement deal with Modha Ales / True Maharaja Beer
– Naveen Kumar / Anna Phoebe collaborative project signed to Turnkey Music & Publishing in Mumbai.
…Our work continues.
THE EVENT – May 2016