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.
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.
“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
PERFORMING ARTISTS – Click images for music
Talvin Singh – Producer, composer and tabla player, known for creating an innovative fusion of Indian classical music called Asian Underground, and more recently as Indian and/or Asian electronica.
Anna Phoebe – Violin Virtuoso and composer Anna Phoebe has toured the world with artists and bands including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, and Roxy Music.
Naveen Kumar – Indian flutist who has accompanied many film music directors and composers on popular Bollywood tracks.
FINE ART ARTISTS
- Rama Rajesh
- True Maharaja Beer
- Holy Lama Spice Drops
- Manju Malhi (Catering) = Chef and food writer, specialising in Anglo-Indian cuisine
AFTER EVENT FOLLOW UP SO FAR
The feedback and follow-up from the Korean Open Embassy event has been amazing:
- Anna Phoebe –
- Naveen Kumar
…Our work continues.