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23 · 01 · 2019

Inauguration of Danish Cultural Institute in India by PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Danish Cultural Institute in India officially opened by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen



January 19th 2019, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen attended the opening of the Danish Cultural Institute in New Delhi. The institute will work with cultural and scientific dialogue between Denmark and India, underpinning the other activities bringing the two countries closer to each other to mutual benefit.


In his speech marking the occasion, the prime minister underlined the importance of building on the ties between Denmark and India, going back 400 years, with 70 years of diplomatic relations in newer history. After the speech, Lars Løkke Rasmussen cut the red ribbon, officially marking the opening of the institute.


From left to right: Ambassador in India Peter Taksøe, PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation Flemming Besenbacher, DCI Secretary General Camilla Mordhorst, director of the institute in India Thomas Sehested og DCI Executive Director Annemarie Lindstrøm

Aside from the prime minister speeches were held by Secretary General of DCI Camilla Mordhorst, director of DCI in India Thomas Sehested and prof. Flemming Besenbacher, chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, which has made the opening of the institute possible by a considerable donation.


Indian Council for Cultural Relations was represented by Director General Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das.

Center: Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das

Author Leonora Christina Skov told of her connection to India, which has become the best place for her to work on large projects, a country in which she truly feels at home, and a country she describes as being full of magical meetings. Closing the program, was a performance by Indian-American rapper Alo Wala. She is currently based in Denmark, having studied here, as well as having had the opportunity to find her artistic voice and meet several important partners in the country.

Alo Wala performed with two dancers from Mumbai and a DJ from Denmark

Inside the house, presentations could be found of visual artist Malene Bach’s color concept for the Avasara Academy for girls, in Pune, realized in cooperation with Indian company Case Design, fashion embroidery by Danish-Indian Studio Non Sequitur and the installation ”A Beautiful Act of Patriotism” by artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang.

Wall decorated by Malene Bach

The prime minister’s trip to India included a meeting with Indian prime minister Modi and the inauguration of the new offices of the Danish Embassy in Delhi.



Thumbnail picture: Carlsberg Foundation Facebook Page



More pictures from the opening underneath