By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Feb 24: There will be a reception held at the High Commission of India, Aldwych, at 11am on Monday February 27, 2017 in honour of Rajya Sabha MP and Indian actor Suresh Gopi, a message from the Office of the High Commission of India said.
Suresh Gopi is coming to London to participate in the inauguration of the UK-India Year of Culture launch at Buckingham Palace on 27th February 2017. The spectacular event, which will be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, will see top dignitaries from India and the UK attending.
The governments of the two countries have decided to celebrate 2017 as a major bilateral year of cultural exchange. UK/India Year of Culture 2017 aims to enrich relationships at all levels of society, their institutions and government, building a shared future for generations to come.
Suresh Gopinathan, commonly known as Suresh Gopi, is an Indian film actor, politician, and singer who has starred in over 200 Malayalam films. He has won the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor.
In April 2016, Suresh Gopi was sworn in as a Member of Parliament (MP) to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in the category of eminent citizens as per the provisions of Article 80 of the Indian Constitution.
He opted Thiruvananthapuram as the nodal district of operation as member of Parliament. He is also a philanthropist, social worker, and a strong advocate for environmental protection.
UK's senior-most Indian-origin minister, Priti Patel, who will be among the key Cabinet ministers at the event, described it as a real demonstration of the strong ties between the two countries.
"It will be a spectacular event and a wonderful opportunity to do more to celebrate the India-UK relationship," Patel, Britain's Secretary of State for International Development, said.
The Palace had officially announced the date of the reception as February 27 in the monarch's engagements calendar earlier this week: "Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh will give a reception to mark the launch of the UK India Year of Culture 2017."
Queen Elizabeth II, 90, is the world's longest reigning sovereign and has become the first British monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee, with 65 years on the throne.
The reception is expected to attract hundreds of guests from across various fields in the UK and India, including a senior Cabinet minister from the Indian side.