Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London Marks 76th Indian Independence with Special Evening

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(Report by Dr Cyriac Maprayil / Photos: Courtesy Sharad Raval)

The prestigious Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, UK’s largest centre for Indian classical arts, recently conducted a remarkable evening in honour of India’s 76th Independence. The event not only paid homage to India’s historic milestone but also underlined the Bhavan’s mission of fostering cultural connections.

The Indian Independence Celebration was organised under the direction of Dr. Nanda Kumar, a distinguished Sanskrit scholar who recently received the Kings Award for his years of dedicated and successful service at the Bhavan. The evening program consisted of brief addresses from the Chairman as well as the Special guests including HE Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian High Commissioner to London.

The High Commissioner strongly and convincingly highlighted how India managed to survive as a democracy not just in name only but a functioning and vibrant one that guarantees Freedom of Speech, Independence of the Judiciary, free and fair elections etc. He commended the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for its inclusive approach vis-a-vis the diverse and varied linguistic and musical traditions of India.

Hon. Lord Loomba in his speech mindfully touched on the Independence Movement led by Mahatma Gandhiji, Pundit Nehru and Sardar Patel etc giving them all credit for their able and purposeful leadership and sacrifices which brought about Indian independence 76 years ago.


The speaking session was followed by a music and dance session which consisted of a few colourful and stunning musical and dance performances by well-trained and experienced groups of youngsters. The musical performances triggered a nostalgic impact among those of Indian descent.

India’s political independence, matched by economic independence, provides all its citizens with a stake in the country, where the diaspora Indians can play a constructive role in shaping India’s destiny.