Monday, May 16, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan is set to visit Oxford University

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is set to visit Oxford University and take part in the lecture and dinner hosted by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS).68-year-old actor will be received by Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, and Lord Navnit Dholakia, President of the OCHS Board of Governors, university sources said.
He will also visit researchers and students at OCHS, the Bodleian Library and Trinity College.
Sources said that Bachchan will discuss the university has long relations with India, the university plans to strengthen its relations with India and the developing field of Indian studies at Oxford.
Bachchan will also take part in a Distinguished Lecture OCHS Ford Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Actor shall respond to lecture and answer questions from the audience.
Professor Andrew Hamilton, vice-chancellor of Oxford University, said: "As one of the greatest actors and producers in India, Amitabh Bachchan is able to offer unique benefits of his experience.
"We look forward to Mr. Bachchan, Oxford, and I hope in particular to discuss with him how we can strengthen our understanding of India and our relationship with him."
Shaunak Rishi Das, Director of OCHS, said: "wonderful blend of Bollywood icon, Hindu Studies and Oxford University, is a sign of our times. Lecture and dinner OCHS way to recognize and honor the contribution of Mr. Bachchan, the contemporary Indian culture."
"It's a great honor to receive such warmth by the ancient and famous university. I am particularly affected by long and strong ties between India and Oxford, and how, by OCHS, Golf Hindu Studies flourishes here. I hope that this visit can help to nurture this important relationship, "Bachchan said before the visit.
The actor is in Britain to start their vote celebrity blogging, which already has 2.5 million subscribers.Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is a recognized Independent Centre of Oxford University. Its primary aim is the study of Hindu culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, history, art and society, at all times and in all parts of the world.
University of Oxford has a long standing relationship with India, dating from 1579, when Father Thomas Stephens, of New College, was the first recorded Englishman to India.
These compounds are strengthened over time, with the creation of the Boden Chair of Sanskrit in 1832 and the arrival of the first Indian student at Oxford in 1871. 

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