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The Bhavan London celebrates India’s 75 years of Independence

By: ShelbinMS

The Bhavan London on August 4 celebrated India’s Independence Day with a grand event of illuminating speeches by guests and cultural performances. The celebration marked the 75 years of India’s Independence.

The evening began with a prayer by M N Nandakumara, executive director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK, followed by the welcome address by Subhanu Saxena, an executive committee member of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK.

Cllr. Daryl Brown, deputy mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, addressed the gathering and spoke about the important work of The Bhavan in the local as well as the wider community.

Lal Chellaram (Corpus Fund Donor), Surekha Mehta (vice chairman, Bhavan UK), and Baroness Usha Prashar OBE (Honorary president UK community Foundations) shared a few thoughts about the thriving Indian community in the UK, and the robust work being done by the Indians across all sectors in the UK.

The Bhavan UK India Independence Day 2022 celebrations
M N Nandakumara, executive director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK, addresses the audience at an event organised to mark India’s Independence Day in London on August 4, 2022. (Picture: The Bhavan)
The Bhavan UK India Independence Day 2022 celebrations
M N Nandakumara (third from right), executive director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK, introduces Indian acting high commissioner to the UK Sujit Ghosh (second from right) to corpus fund donor Lal Chellaram (left) while Virendar Sharma MP (second from left) watches at an event organised to mark India’s Independence Day in London on August 4, 2022. (Picture: The Bhavan)

Amish Tripathi (director of the Nehru Centre) spoke about the contributions of Indians in various fields.

The Bhavan UK India Independence Day 2022 celebrations
Students of The Bhavan UK perform Kathak dance at an event organised to mark India’s Independence Day in London on August 4, 2022. (Picture: The Bhavan)
The Bhavan UK India Independence Day 2022 celebrations
The Bhavan’s music students render ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha’ at an event organised to mark India’s Independence Day in London on August 4, 2022. (Picture: The Bhavan)

The chief guest of the evening was H.E Sujit Ghosh, the acting Indian high commissioner to the UK, who enumerated the great progress India had made in various fields. He also spoke about the continuing work and contributions of institutions like The Bhavan, and stressed on nurturing the role of the younger generation in taking forward the country’s glory.

The Bhavan UK India Independence Day 2022 celebrations
Indian acting high commissioner to the UK Sujit Ghosh, who was the chief guest at the event held to mark India’s Independence Day in London on August 4, delivers a speech. (Picture: The Bhavan)

Bhavan executive committee member Varinder Singh gave the vote of thanks.

The audience were treated to melodious patriotic songs in Bengali, Hindi, and Tamil.

The event concluded with scintillating Bharatanatyam and Kathak performances by The Bhavan’s students.

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