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Republic Day & Founders Day
Cultural Programme
The Bhavan, London's home of Indian Arts & Culture celebrated its annual Founders Day on 30 & 31 January and India's Republic Day on February 3 to full houses of enthusiastic audiences. The events featured beautiful cultural programmes, speeches by esteemed dignitaries and Chief Guests Padmasri Dr. John Marr and Mr. Srinivas Gotru, the Director of the Nehru Centre. The newly appointed High Commissioner of India, H. E. Navtej Singh Sarna, was the Chief Guest for Republic Day celebration.
National Republic Day of India is a day to remember when the Indian Constitution came into being in 1950, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. The Bhavan celebrated with an inspiring and illuminating speech, by H. E. Navtej Singh Sarna, who highlighted the importance of Republic Day with an emphasis on the significance of the constitution in relation to its historical context and the foresight of its writers. As a testament to its founders India's constitution has stood the test of time and inspired a democracy that has risen considerably despite countless challenges. He also noted his familiarity with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and commended its activities and importance in maintaining and spreading the rich Arts & Culture of India on a global platform.
Lord Suri, Lord Parekh, Mr. Gopi Hinduja and Lord Dholakia spoke earlier on the great strides India has made today. Dr. Marr proposed a vote of thanks.
The cultural programmes featured some of The Bhavan's top students in Bengali music, Hindustani & Carnatic vocal and Kathak & Bharatanatyam dance.
The Bhavan continues with 22 courses in Indian Classical Dance, Music, Yoga, Languages and Art & Archaeology.
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