Indian chef Vikas Khanna launched his Binder Indian cultural centre with an announcement on Twitter, on what would have been his father’s 75th birthday.
The Indian chef has created a hub for Indian culture in the heart of Manhattan, which will promote Indian heritage, arts, cinema, music, literature and cuisine. The project means a lot to Khanna, who is one of India’s hardest-working ambassadors in the US, and the name of the centre, ‘Binder’, is a combination of the names of his parents: Bindu and Devinder.
While New York is called home by a huge diaspora of Indian people, Indian culture has been, until now underrepresented. Khanna, certainly flies the flag of Indian cuisine at his Michelin-starred NYC restaurant Junoon and his regular appearances on US network television. However, the chef is a cultural polymath – chef, writer, director and humanitarian.
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