Kulpati Dr. K.M. Munshi

Founder

Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1938. He was an Indian independence movement activist, politician, writer and educationist from Gujarat state. A lawyer by profession, he later turned to literature and politics. He was a well-known name in Gujarati literature. Dr. K.M. Munshi founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan as an instrument for translating his vision and mission into reality and propagating India’s vibrant culture.

Sri Surendralal G. Mehta

President

Shri Surendralal G. Mehta’s association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan dates back to the days of Dr. K. M. Munshi. The Chairman of Jardine Henderson Limited since 1988, he has been associated with the Indian Chamber of Commerce and also Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industries. Mr. Mehta had been vice-president of the The Bhavan for 36 years before he was elected unanimously to the post of president in 2007. 

Sri H.N. Dastur

Director General

Shri H. N. Dastur was a student of Journalism in The Bhavan’s School of post-graduate Diploma courses and was the student editor of the School’s three magazines of journalism. His talent was noticed by, Kulapati Dr. K.M. Munshi and Shri S. Ramakrishnan offering the then 23-year-old to join as the first Public Relations Officer and Assistant Editor of The Bhavan’s Journal. In 2006 he took charge as Executive Secretary of The Bhavan. 

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles

Honouree Life Member

Heir to the English throne, Prince Charles is an avid supporter of the arts. Aside from being an honorary Patron of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Prince founded his own charity ‘Children & the Arts’, which aims for healthier and happier children through the power of an inclusive and accessible arts sector. We are honored to have his Royal Highness as one of our Patrons.

Late Maneck Dalal OBE 

Founder Patron

Maneck Dalal was the aviation pioneer behind the international expansion of Air India. He served as Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan between 1973 - 2011 and was ‘instrumental in making the Bhavan the best Indian Art and Cultural centre outside India’.

H.E. The High Commissioner of India

Ex-Officio Patron

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha is an Indian diplomat who belongs to the Indian Foreign Service. He is the incumbent High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha hails from Bihar. He was schooled at Chesham and at the St. Michael's High School, Patna. He holds a B.A. degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Delhi.

The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham

Ex-Officio Patron

Councillor Daryl Brown was elected to serve as Mayor at a meeting of the council on 23 May 2018. Previously she acted as deputy mayor to Michael Cartwright before his retirement. For her Mayoral year, she has chosen to support the Barons Court project, a charity dedicated to offering a range of practical services to people who are homeless or living with mental health issues. 

 

Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar

Patron

Lata Mangeshkar is a renowned playback singer and composer, who has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi Films and was the first Indian to perform at The Royal Albert Hall in 1974. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001 for her contributions to the nation.

Lord Dholakia

Patron

Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia is the Deputy leader of the liberal democrats in the House of Lords. His extensive career background included heading the Administration of Justice section of the Commission for Racial Equality, as well as senior development officer of the Community Relations Commission.

Lord Paul

Patron

Swraj Paul, Baron Paul sits in the House of Lords as deputy speaker of the Lords and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2009. He is both a businessman and philanthropist who has been awarded both the Padma Bhushan and the Bharat Gaurav.

Smt Sukanya Ravi Shankar

Patron

Sukanya Rajan, also known as Sukanya Ravi Shankar is the wife of late Pandit Ravi Shankar, KBE, and mother of Grammy Awards winner Anoushka Shankar. An accomplished musician herself, she started traveling across the world as a tanpura artist at a young age and is a beautiful vocalist as well.

Mr Joginder Sanger

Board Chairman

Joginder Sanger, the current Chairman of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, London and several other cultural organisations, is considered on the UK’s top Hoteliers. He is the Chairman of Mastcraft Group of companies. Mr Sanger was named “Asian of the Year” in 2011 and more recently awarded the Pride of India in May 2013.

Mr Shantoo Ruparell MBE

Legal Advisor

prominent solicitor with a law firm in Harrow, Middlesex, Mr Ruparell has always been to give back to the community, helping The Bhavan and ISKCON with legal advice. He also leads the Asian Foundation for Help, which was established in 1983.