Dr Alka Bagri opens the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2015 with Satwant Gill and Cary Sawhney, Photo courtesy of Elliott Franks

Our History

The Bagri Foundation, a UK registered charity, was established in 1990. It was set up to provide philanthropic assistance through education, relief-work, the advancement of health and the preservation of Asia’s cultural heritage.

Since 2012, we have further developed the cultural arm of the Foundation through our own signature educational art programmes, courses and events.

Our Aims and Objectives

Our aim is to make Asian art and culture more accessible. We seek to do this through multiple media including art, film, music, dance and literature. We aim to excite, inspire, engage and inform.

The Bagri Foundation believes in the power of collaboration and we work with renowned scholars and leading creative individuals in presenting our programmes and events. We are proud to forge partnerships with a number of established organisations to meet our aims and objectives. Through the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, we celebrate writing from and about the Asian world.

We have helped expand the Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts by adding new courses on Asian art. In addition, through the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, we promote independent Indian cinema and enable young filmmakers to showcase their creativity.

Our Projects:

The Bagri Foundation has supported and organised various projects and events including a major series of lectures on Indian history, religion and art. The Foundation has also funded exhibitions, performances and educational courses.

Here are some of our projects:

Gandhara Connections

The Gandhara Connections project is a three-year initiative by the Classical Art Research Centre at the University of Oxford to support the study of the artistic production from the ancient region of Gandhara (an area roughly corresponding to northern Pakistan). It aims to stimulate new insights into Gandharan art and its links to the classical world of Greece and Rome, thousands of kilometres to the west. The project includes workshops, events and online resources to offer an understanding of Gandharan art.

This project is supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation. Find out more information about the project here: www.carc.ox.ac.uk/GandharaConnections

 Relief depicting the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty-three gods, Image courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum

Image courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum

Tuning 2 You

Was an initiative in partnership with the charity, Soumik Datta Arts (SDA) to film unexplored musical collaborations between rare musicians in India. The project produced a unique, high quality series of web-films, which was shown in April 2017 in Channel 4 as part of their India on Film season. Each film presented the musicians’ sound as well as documenting the factors that have influenced their style. Future activities also include the production of a music album featuring these collaborations.

Tuning 2 You was supported by and developed in partnership with the Bagri Foundation, the Rumi Foundation and Weavers Studio. Find out more about the project here: www.soumikdatta.com/t2u/


Roots of Fire

This ground breaking project produced by the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Verdi aimed to bring worlds together through music. At the project’s core is the belief we share the same fundamental musical DNA, and that the same creative spark is at the roots of all of our music. These creative roots ultimately know no boundaries of culture, nationality or religion. Roots of Fire offered a unique opportunity to create music works and education resources that offer new audiences in the UK and India, the opportunity to engage with both Indian and Western music.


Launched with the Association of British Orchestras Conference in January 2016, the project operated in Goa and Mumbai in India and Luton, Leicester and Slough in the UK and 2017 saw the fruition of these creative collaborations with workshops and concerts in India and the UK.


Find out more information about the project here: http://www.bagrifoundation.org/events/roots-of-fire-part-ii/



Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what we do and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.

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