From Khanna to cinema to author, and now India’s only culture centre in the US, culinary wizard Vikas Khanna wears many hats. But the one he is proudest of is yet to come.On January 10, Vikas and his amazing mother Bindu Khanna will launch the India Culture Centre in New York.
Vikas admits it’s a dream come true for him. “If you see, every major community in the world, be it the Jews or the Palestines, have their own culture centre where there is a free movement of creative ideas. In that sense, we Indians have no sense of kinship.We are happier in isolation, rather than sharing common dream.”
Vikas wants that to change. “I would like Indians from every community to treat the India Culture Centre as a forum and a platform to put forward their creative ideas. It could be the release of a book, or a song or a musical album. It could be a dance performance or a filmmaker looking to show his work to wider audience. No Indian artiste should feel bereft in the US.”
Vikas’s India Culture Centre will be open to Indian artistes from across the world. “It is situated in Manhattan, right at the centre of New York.But it will open to Indians from every part of the world.”
The India Culture Centre will be inaugurated on January 10 by Vikas’s mother. “She will be on a video conference with the media . It had to be my mother because this is a project I’ve lived with all my life. Khaana banaana, film banaana, kitab likhna sab ek teraf. The India Cultural Centre doosre teraf.”