London: The Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace here will take place against the backdrop of A R Rahman’s Oscar-winning ‘Jai Ho’ later this month to mark the official launch of the UK-India Year of Culture.
2017 UK-India year is aimed at celebrating the deep cultural ties and the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence
The Band of the Grenadier Guards will a play a selection of Indian-themed music, including tracks from the 2009 box-office hit ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, on February 27, when the UK-India Year of Culture will be officially launched.
Later that evening, Queen Elizabeth II will be joined by husband Duke of Edinburgh, grandson Prince William and his wife Kate as they host a special reception to celebrate the launch. “The reception will bring together the best of British and Indian culture and creativity, represented through a range of high-profile guests with an interest in both countries,” a Buckingham Palace statement said today.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley will be representing the Indian government at the reception along with a delegation of Indian parliamentarians, actors and sportspersons. The attendees will include guests from the fields of performing arts, fashion, food, literature and sport such as Kunal Nayyar, Neha Kapur, Ayesha Dharker, Kapil Dev, Rio Ferdinand, Anoushka Shankar and Joe Wright.
“A highlight of the evening will include a special Indian themed menu of canapes prepared by Royal Chefs working alongside chefs from Veeraswamy, the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant. There will also be a display from the Royal Collection including items from previous Royal Visits to India, and Indian gifts and manuscripts from the Royal Library,” the palace statement said.
The 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in November 2015, is aimed at celebrating the deep cultural ties and the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence through a year-long programme of events and exhibitions in India and the UK.
The events are being organised by the British Council, together with the Indian High Commission in London, UK cultural institutions and their Indian counterparts. PTI
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