Buckingham palace hosted the launch of the UK-India Year of Cultural last night and some of India’s most prestigious celebrities attended the event. The glittering reception was attended by the Queen, Prince Philip and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Guests from the worlds of fashion, sports, business and music attended the event which celebrated the ties between India and the UK. Actress Ayesha Dharker, Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, Big Bang actor Kunal Nayyar and Bhangra singers Sukshinder Shinda and Gurdas Maan all attended the event.
Celebrities and royalty mingled as they watched dancers perform and were treated to canapes that were a fusion of British and Indian food. The evening also showcased articles that showed the unity between the two nations such as a shawl made by Mahatma Ghandi that was gifted to Queen Elizabeth. The Queen greeted all of the guests and even projected a specially designed image of India’s National bird on the side of Buckingham Palace. A large image of a peacock made up of indian dancers and musical instruments was projected for all of the public to join in on the celebrations.
Kunal Nayyar said that he was ‘Overwhelmed’ by the reception and other celebs have tweeted their excitement for meeting the royal family. Last week news broke out of Amitabh Bachchan declining the Queen’s personal invitation but it appears that she wasn’t short of guests for the evening. The launch marks the start of the UK-India Cultural year which will see even more celebrations of cultural ties between the nations to come. Some celebrations include the circulation of important British texts around India and the opening of a new Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi.
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