House of Lords, Cholmondaley Room Celebrating Indo-UK Year of Culture with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation, in association with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the leading Indian arts and cultural institute in the UK, celebrated the Indo-UK Year of Culture at the Cholmondaley Room and Terrace at the House of Lords on Friday 8th December. His Excellency Mr Y K Sinha, Indian High Commissioner felicitated Mr Joginder Sangar with a memento, to recognise his efforts to promote Indian culture in the UK, since 1972.

Many eminent people from the British and Indian communities, including Mr G P Hinduja, Loomba Foundation Trustees Shiraz and Shamin Lalji, and Dr Barry Humpreys, Patrons Graham Tobell, Susan Tobell and Rami Ranger were present at the dinner.

The evening saw a cultural programme organised by Nand Kumar, Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. There was a traditional Bharatanatyam dance 'Tillana' - a technical item of rhythmic movements, and a fusion contemporary recital 'Sangam' composed by Maestro Mandolin Srinivas.

Mumbai Charity Gala Dinner to celebrate the Loomba Foundation’s 20th Anniversary

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted a charity gala dinner at the Taj Lands End in Bandra on November 29, 2017. Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC, Former First Lady of UK and President of The Loomba Foundation, graced the gala dinner as the Guest of Honour. Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of the Loomba Foundation, Lady Loomba, Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, attended this charity gala.

Cherie Blair graced The Loomba Foundation Charity Gala Dinner in Mumbai as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Ashish Chauhan, MD and Chairman, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mr. Gopichand P Hinduja, Hinduja Group, were among the dignitaries attending the Gala Dinner in Mumbai.

Gurugram Charity Gala Dinner to celebrate the Loomba Foundation’s 20th Anniversary

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted a charity gala dinner in The Leela Ambience, Gurugram to celebrate the Loomba Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a bid to provide better facilities and security to widows announced that the Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) will have a separate department for widows to facilitate in resolving their issues on priority and ensuring that the problems do not recur.

Mr Khattar said at the event: “Around 6 lakh widows in Haryana get Rs 1,600 per month as pension. Among all states in the country, this is the highest amount widows get as pension. Widows in Haryana are also given as assistance of Rs 700 per month for educating up to two children below 21 years of age.”

He announced that the monthly pension for widows will be increased from Rs 1600 to Rs 1800 from January 1, 2018 and to Rs 2,000 by 2019.

The Atlee Room, House of Lords, Lunch invitation to Bernardos

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation sponsored a philanthropy lunch, hosted on the day by the Earl of Listowel at the Atlee Room. The high-level cultivation event, building on previous successful major donor events held with Lord Loomba over the past three years. The aim was to engage new top-tier prospects with the capacity to give at a major donor level. The event was a huge success and was attended by Safdar Shah from the Loomba Foundation, and around 30 distinguished guests from Bernardos. Lord Loomba is the Vice President of the organisation

Smeaton Room, One Great George Street, Westminster London : Special recording of Hard talk in BBC with actress Jane Fonda to mark the programme’s 20th Anniversary

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Lord Loomba was invited to a special 20th anniversary recording of BBC World News’ flagship current affairs interview programme, HARD talk, with award-winning actress and political campaigner, Jane Fonda, on Thursday 12th October 2017 at One Great George Street, Westminster.

The interview by presenter Stephen Sackur highlighted many issues which are close to Jane Fonda’s heart – especially the issue of sexual harassment of innocent women by powerful people in Hollywood, politics and sports. After the interview Lord Loomba was able to ask Jane Fonda on how she can help widows, after briefly sharing the plight of widows around the world especially in the rural areas of developing countries in South Asia and across Africa. This was followed by a drinks reception hosted by Francesca Unsworth, Director of World Service Group and with presenter, Stephen Sackur, and the programme team.

The Atlee Room, House of Lords Dinner for Brightsun

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation sponsored a dinner to thank Brightsun Travel for supporting The Loomba Foundation’s partnership project with Rotary India Literacy Mission to provide skills training to 30,000 disadvantaged widows in India, and educational support to 2000 of their children.

AMAR – APPG on the Prevention of Sexual Violence

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Lord Loomba hosted a dinner in the Atlee Room to support Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Chairman, AMAR ICF and the Committee that urges the UK government to redouble its efforts to prevent sexual violence in war conflict areas.

The inaugural All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative, was headed by the Committee Chairman Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and the speakers included the Hon Diar Yousif Prince of Yazidis, The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN and the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

International Widows Day Celebrations and the Loomba Foundation’s 20th Anniversary

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted a gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel to celebrate International Widows Day and the Loomba Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. This has been the 20th Anniversary of the Loomba Foundation, and while we celebrated it with gala charity dinners in London and India, we have stayed focused on India, and have been very happy with the outcome.

 On the day before this year’s International Widows Day, on the 22nd June, the charity organised an event at the Old Palace Yard, opposite to the House of Lords, where the famous actress Miss Joanna Lumley, a Patron of the Loomba Foundation launched a blimp, together with the President of the charity, Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC. The event was attended by Lord and Lady Loomba along with many patrons and supporters of the charity.

Diwali Lunch for Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Diwali is an Indian national festival of lights. However, over the years, it has become international event, which is now celebrated all over the world. The Loomba Foundation has celebrated Diwali every year for number of years. 

Speaking at the occasion Lord Loomba said – “May I also thank you all also for attending the Diwali lunch here today as I have the privilege to host it along with India's business tycoon Shripriya Dalmia Thirani. It is a very important day for both of us. It is a day that the Loomba Foundation joins hands with Thirani's company Queensline to raise funds to help widows in India and around the world.  

He added – “Shripriya is a young entrepreneur as well as a religious person. She has recently published a book - Alters of Yearning - How India Prays. A real compliment to Diwali. What excites me about this book is that it does not endorse any religion nor takes sides – it endorses a deep spiritual relationship between man and God through the private institution of prayer. I am very grateful that part of the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Loomba Foundation”.  

Farewell Dinner for High Commissioner of India, Shri YK Sinha, Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Lord Loomba hosted a dinner in Cholmondeley Room of House of Lords to bid farewell to His Excellency Shri Y K Sinha and his wife who were going back to India. Lord Loomba said in his welcome speech, “Your Excellency your departure is premature, and we shall miss you enormously”. However, we wish you good luck, success and happiness in your all future endeavors.