Britain’s 250-year-old Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) has launched its Indian chapter in London. India is only the third country outside Britain to host such a facility.
The Indian chapter already has 100 RSA fellowship holders, making it the biggest outside any British city. “Only two other such chapters exist – in the US and Australia,” says British high commissioner Michael Arthur.
For Arthur, the new initiative is all about ideas and innovation. “It’s all about innovation and ideas, of trying to find new ways of doing things, of encouraging people to work together to find new ways of helping society… The intention is to throw up ideas and to make them work in a diverse partnership that stretches across the globe,” he says.
Under an RSA initiative, a British designers’ forum has been working with Indian craftspersons and young people to create a completely new range of garments.
“Arts and education must be the foundation on which we can build a decent, healthy society,” says Britain based businessman Raj Loomba, who played a crucial role in establishing the RSA India chapter.
“Arts and education can help to bridge the disadvantage of poverty. It can give young people the confidence to remove the barriers of discrimination,” says Loomba, who is known to be close to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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