Respected diplomat V K Krishna Menon will be remembered through a panel discussion on the event of his 120th birth anniversary by the V K Krishna Menon Institute in UK.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
- The Bhavan’s Library will launch Paramvir: A War Diary written by Mrs Manju Lodha on April 29 at 3 PM. The aim is to engage the younger students at The Bhavan who learn Language (Hindi, Gujrati, Sanskrit) Music, Dance, instrumental, Yoga, Art. This book will share the lives and struggles of Indian Army officials.
- The musical journey exploring Nature & Devotion or Prakriti & Puja, featuring songs performed by The Bhavan’s Bengali Music Teacher, Sajali Roy and students, dance by Urbi Basu and students and Parvati Nair will be presented on 30 April at 6.30 PM. Compositions include those of Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, D.L. Roy, Atul Prasad and others.
- A Gujarati comedy, `Var Lagi Thodi Pan Jami Gai Jodi’ will be presented by Pankaj Sodha, Galaxy Shows London and Megha Arts Mumbai, on Sunday May 1 at 6.30 PM. The play will feature Rajeev Mehta (BA, BAHU Aur BABY & KHICHADI Fame) and Anurag Prappan, Sheetal Antani, Prakash Panchal, Amita Chokshi, Pratik Jadav, Jay Purohit and Kiran Bhatt. The drama is written by Pranav Tripathi, directed by Rahul Antani, produced by Kiran Bhatt and Chetan Gandhi.
- A Vaastu Course will be conducted by Prabhat Poddar on Friday 6th May at 1pm – 6pm and on Saturday 7th May at 10am – 5pm, at the IWA office, 182 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DJ.
Events at Nehru Centre
- Gods and Demons– Heritage Craft of West Bengal, an exhibition by Biswa Bangla will be held at the Nehru centre on Monday at 6.15 PM. Biswa Bangla is a West Bengal government-led initiative that supports over 10,000 artisans, craftspeople and weavers. It encourages innovation, provides design assistance and improves quality and supply chains for the handloom and handicraft products of the state. The event will showcase live presentations by two artisans from West Bengal who will demonstrate two of their typical craftsmanship: Mukha (masks) and Patachitra (scroll paintings).
- Remembering V. K. Krishna Menon, a panel discussion marking the 120th birth anniversary by the V. K. Krishna Menon Institute will be held at the Nehru Centre on May 3 at 6.30 PM. Born in Kerala, V K Krishna Menon came to England and enrolled at the London School of Economics. There he came into contact with the formidable theoretician of British socialism Harold Laski. Menon founded the India League, the unofficial embassy of British occupied India in London. The discussion will be attended by Dr Cyriac Maprayil, Sir Peter Lloyd, Lord Dholakia and Robert Govender.
- Beat and the Bow: A Tribute to Ustad Sabri Khan, a sarangi concert by Suhail Yusuf Khan in association with Sama Arts Network Ltd, will be conducted on May 4 at 6.30 PM. The sarangi came naturally to the Delhi-bred Khan an eighth generation musician who belongs to a distinguished family of classical musicians of the Senia Moradabad gharana. The grandson of sarangi legend the late Ustad Sabri Khan and nephew of Kamal Sabri, Khan was exposed to music at six. He is accompanied by Hanif Khan, a versatile and innovative Tabla Player based in London.
- Ragas and Colours–sitar concert by Alif Laila will be held at the Nehru centre on May 5, at 6.30 PM. This will be a unique concert of Indian classical music in which the moods of the ragas will be enhanced by projections of Alif’s water colour paintings. Alif Laila was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she began her formal study of sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary Ustad Alauddin Khan. She will be accompanied with UK based tabla player Sanjay Jhalla.
- Author TV and its Founder Subhanjan Sarkar are launching a Global crowd sourced initiative, `The Tagore Project,’ to make available the complete works of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in audio. Anyone with knowledge of Bengali can choose a portion of his works and submit recordings to the open audio library including his 2200 songs. This library will be hosted on the internet for anyone to access for free for ever. The event will be to launch the global mobilisation of the project with web platform and mobile app.
- Baaghi, a Hindi film starring Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor will be released in cinemas all over UK on 29th April 2016
- Manithan, a Tamil film starringUdhayanidhi Stalin, Prakash Raj, Hansika Motwani, Aishwarya Rajesh, Radharavi, Vivek, Sathish and directed by I Ahmed opens in cinemas across Uk this weekend.
- Sarrainodu, a Telugu film starring Allu Arjun, Rakul Preet Singh, Catherine Tresa, Srikanth, Aadhi, directed by Boyapati Srinu, will be released on 29th April in cinemas all over UK.
- The legendary Malayalam comedy writer/director duo of Siddique and Lal reunited after a 22 year hiatus to present King Liar, about a compulsive liar for the formidable comic talents of actor Dileep, which runs for a second week in Stockport. The female lead is actress and singer Madonna Sebastian, making her second appearance in a Malayalam film after the 2015 critical and commercial success Premam.
- Double Di Trouble director Smeep Kang teams up with Munde U.K. Di star Jimmy Shergill for this rib-tickling slapstick comedy about two escaped prisoners trying to break back into jail in this Punjabi comedy `Vaisakhi List.’ The movie which is running for its second week marks TV star and comedian Sunil Grover’s Punjabi movie debut. The leading lady is Shruti Sodhi, whose credits include Mr & Mrs 420.
- Rudyard Kipling’s beloved novel `The Jungle Book’ set in the jungles of India, and adapted by Disney into their classic 1967 animation, now gets a makeover when the Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau gives Kipling’s tale a new face. Mixing live-action performance with cutting-edge CGI, The Jungle Book, promises to be a visually spectacular and exciting family adventure, one featuring an all-star voice cast that also includes Scarlett Johansson as snake Kaa and Christopher Walken as orangutan leader King Louie. The movie is running successfully for a third week in cinemas across UK.
- Shah Rukh Khan has dual roles in this edge-of-seat thriller about the besotted fan of a movie star in Fan, the first Shah Rukh Khan movie to be released in 2016. Shah Rukh Khan’s eagerly anticipated return to the thriller genre is a gripping, psychologically complex stalker drama. It’s also the first Bollywood film ever to include a scene shot at Madame Tussauds. The movie runs for a third week in Cinemas across UK.
- Tamil star Vijay pulls off three stylish avatars in Atlee’s emotional action movie, Theri, which is running successfully for its fourth week. Renowned for his recent multiple roles in the likes of Kaththi and Puli, Vijay is set to delight his legions of fans with three separate characters in Theri. One role casts him as an ideal, doting father. In another, he plays a police officer. This is director Atlee’s follow-up to his award-winning 2013 debut feature, Raja Rani.
- Dev Patel leads an all-star cast in the amazing true story of brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, in `The Man who knew Infinity,’ which was released three weeks ago. Born in Madras to poor, devoutly religious parents, Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a self-taught mathematics genius. His obsession brings ridicule and rejection from his peers, but the 25-year-old’s life changes in 1913 when he writes to eminent Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Dev Patel gets his best role since Slumdog Millionaire as the extraordinary prodigy, while Jeremy Irons is on superb form as his mentor. The outstanding supporting cast includes Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Jeremy Northam.