Culture encompasses all that a civilisation stands for, and Art is its means to address humanity. The Foundation therefore believes that promotion of Art and Culture helps multicultural understanding and conflict reduction, as it reaches out where ordinary communication fails. The Foundation has supported a number of initiatives in this area, particularly projects presenting and highlighting the everlasting progressive values of the Indian subcontinent which originate in the rich cultural heritage of the region.
Notable projects include:
- In the United Kingdom: Millennium Dome, Lord Balaji Temple and Community Centre, Nehru Art Gallery of Indian Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Lord Swaminarayan Temple (which is also supported by UK’s Millennium Commission in recognition of the valuable contribution it makes to interfaith understanding), Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Prince’s Youth Business Trust, The Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, ISKCON UK, Swaminarayan Mission and its School, Women’s India Association, Preston Temple, Sindhi Association, British Red Cross, Care International, Foster Plan International, besides hosting and supporting a number of Diwali celebrations, which have now become an integral part of the calendar of events for all faiths.
- In the United States of America: Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Asia Society
- Peter Brook’s renowned theatrical production on the Indian epic Mahabharata.
- In 1994, the Hinduja Foundation facilitated the commissioning of legendary
Indian painter Maqbool Fida Hussain to create a series of paintings titled ‘Theorama’, on
different faiths. Two paintings from the series were exhibited at the United
Nations headquarters in October 1995 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
In 1999, Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair adopted the Theorama series as
his own pledge for a better and more peaceful world in the new millennium.
- ISKCON Hinduja Glory of India Vedic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, India, is a state-of-the-art experience-exhibition on Indian Vedic culture created in New Delhi. A multimedia rendition using techniques like animatronics, robotics, digital surround sound, special lighting effects, triple screen videos, dioramas and quadroscope, it gives you a deep insight into Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Bhagvad Gita, Chaitanya Charitam, Krishna's universal form, important Vedic teachings and a view on archaeology which poses challenge to Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
- Preservation of ancient traditions such as ancient Indian musical instruments which are on the verge of extinction.
- Preservation of ancient Indian manuscripts.