Illuminating India is a season of exhibitions and events that celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics.
At its heart are two free major exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation
and Photography 1857–2017. Respectively they present a kaleidoscopic history of scientific breakthroughs in India and a unique photographic survey of the country's technological and cultural development.
The varied event season spotlights the diverse scientific and cultural fabric of India and includes film screenings, music and dance performances, conversations with experts and much more.
Illuminating India commemorates 70 years of Independence and is part of the British Council’s UK/India Year of Culture.
Hero image: Party Field, Janakpur, Nepal, 2016, from the series A Myth of Two Souls (2013 -) © Vasantha Yogananthan
Artist Chila Kumari Burman's work challenges stereotypical assumptions of South Asia. We are proud to have commissioned her to create a series of artworks, collectively entitled India Illuminated! that represent her response to the objects and stories in Illuminating India: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation. They are on display at the entrance of the exhibition.