London Kendra
Independence Day Celebrations
The Bhavan Centre in London celebrated India's Independence Day on September 21 in the presence of the Chief Guest, the High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati. Also present on this occasion were the new Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Councillor Belinda Donovan, the Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Rajesh Prasad and Bhavan's Founder-Patron, Mr. Manek Dalal OBE.
The celebrations began with Bhavan's Chairman, Mr. Joginder Sanger, welcoming the Chief Guest. The Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham acknowledged the Bhavan Centre's contribution in providing training in Indian Art and Culture. Mr. Shantoo Ruparel, Bhavan's joint chairman greeted all those assembled and spoke of Bhavan's contribution to the UK.
Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati who gave the keynote speech, highlighted the importance of India's historic leaders and nation-builders who had made significant contributions in shaping the Nation under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi. He also acknowledged the vital role played by non-resident Indians in the UK, and shared recent developments in the growing economical markets in India. He commended Bhavan's work in spreading the message of Indian art, culture and heritage in this part of the world.
Mr. Manek Dalal acknowledged the Chief guest and remembered the past director of the Bhavan Centre, the late
Dr. Mathoor Krishnamurthy.



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