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Although the OIS is well-known for its Bollywood bop, one of the most popular Oxford bops, its very first social event of the academic year was a Meet-n-Greet that brought together new and old Indian students at Oxford under one roof. The society's social engagements also extend to topical events like the Republic Day celebration.


In order to showcase the cultural diversity of India to the Oxford community, the OIS threw a successful Holi party, organised an Indian formal dinner -- the first of many to come, and had Bollywood actors Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak regale the audience with a poetry reading. OIS members also exhibited their culinary and dance skills at the annual International Festival, alongside our neighbours -- the Pakistan and Bangladesh societies.


As part of its commitment to charitable causes, the OIS routinely organises and participates in events to raise money for its partner institutions. This year we contributed to the Bhopal Medical Appeal through the Oxford Town & Gown charity race, as well as fundraising for the Act for Change India.


One of the three founding principles of the OIS is to promote contemporary intellectual thought. To that end, the society invited leading names from the fields of human rights, law, politics to interact with the Oxford community via talks and seminars.

Oxford Odissi Fest

May 27, 2016

Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU

Oxford India Society, in collaboration with Oxford Odissi Centre, is delighted to invite you to an evening of enthralling Indian classical dance performances. A celebration of graceful movement and artistic expression, the festival promises to be enchanting and inspiring in equal measure.

So join us on this journey where we reinterpret themes of freedom and happiness through four glorious dance forms: Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, and Odissi.

The festival will feature India's most renowned dancer and choreographer, Padma Shri Guru Ileana Citaristi followed by a troupe of young elegant artistes.


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An Undocumented Wonder - the Making of the Great Indian Election.

March 07, 2016

St Antony's College, Oxford

The Oxford India Society and the Asian Studies Centre (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford) proudly presents The India Lecture 2016 - An Undocumented Wonder - the Making of the Great Indian Election. An interesting talk by Dr S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Elections Commissioner of India

A brief of Dr Quraishi's career is at:

Guest of Honour: H.E. Mr Navtej Sarna, Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Convener – Dr Faisal Devji

Venue - Lecture Theatre, Investcorp building, Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College

All are welcome To be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is jointly organised by the Oxford India Society and the Asian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College.

Enquiries: e-mail: or tel: 01865-274559

An Approach to Fight Social Challenges of Modern India - Parag Bhargava

21 June 2015

Seminar Room A, East Wing, Said Business School

Currently in India, we are face to face with many social challenges such as malnutrition, poverty, lack of holistic education, poor hygienic conditions etc., which have crippled the country. Unless the citizens own up the challenges being faced by the society, country and get together to address them the picture may remain more or less unchanged for next several decades. Oxford India Society would like to invite you to this talk by Prof. Parag Bhargava to initiate some conversations and actions in that direction.

Prof. Parag Bhargava is a currently a CRISP scholar at the University of Oxford. He is Professor at the Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science department at IIT Bombay. During his tenure at IIT Kharagpur, he established a group (Prabuddha Bharat) with students which worked with children from the underprivileged sections of the society developing and applying ideas on holistic education. He along with other members of a team are currently building a platform ( to bring together different stake holders working in the social sector to be more impactful at a country wide scale.

WAR or PEACE - Understanding the future of the Subcontinent

20 June 2015

Doctorow Hall, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, OX1 4AR

On the Front with Kamran Shahid (An episode for the leading Pakistani news channel, Duniya TV)

How do we perceive India versus Pakistan? Have we fought enough or do we still have resources to waste on this two-sided war? Is it possible for the two nuclear power nations to provide food and education to every child of the two countries? Is an India-Pakistan cricket match just a game or a small-time war? What does the road to peace look like? Can we bring back the world-leading legacy of Taxila-Nalanda? What should be our role in constructing a bridge between the two nations? Can we make the subcontinent as successful as the European Union?

Come and take part in this exciting discussion between Indian and Pakistani students at the University of Oxford, moderated by Kamran Shahid on his famous show, ‘On the Front with Kamran Shahid’ to be aired on Duniya TV (leading Urdu language news and current affairs television channel in Pakistan).

Dr Shashi Tharoor on Pax Indica, India and the World

28 May 2015

Fellows’ dining room, St Antony’s college

Oxford India Society along with St Antony’s College Asian Study Centre would like to invite you all for a discussion on Pax Indica, India and the World with Dr. Shashi Tharoor.

Holi celebrations

May 9, 2015

Merton Sports Grounds

Join in the fun-filled and colourful Holi celebrations organised by the Oxford India Society marking the beginning of Trinity Term at Oxford University.

We have decided to donate this event’s proceeds to the Nepal earthquake relief fund.

India's daughter - Attitudes towards gender based violence in India

May 2, 2015

Bernard Sunley Theatre, St Catherine's college

In light of the recent debate surrounding the documentary 'India's Daughter' by Leslee Udwin and its ban by the Indian government, Oxford India Society is hosting a panel discussion on the issue followed by Q&A with the audience.

The speakers include: Leslee Udwin, a British filmmaker and the director of documentary film 'India's daughter’. Dr. Devaki Jain, an Oxford alumna who taught economics in Delhi University for 6 years and founded the Institute for Social Studies in Delhi. Dr Clarinda Still, an anthropologist at the Department of South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Indrajit Roy, a political sociologist and ERSC Research Fellow at the Department for International Development at the University of Oxford.

Lakshmi - Movie premiere

February 1, 2015

TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Lakshmi is the story of a beautiful 14 year old girl whose life takes a tragic turn. She is snatched from her family in the village and sold to a brothel in the city. Lakshmi is thrown into this horrific, inhuman, world run by the ruthless Reddy brothers. Quietly rebellious, Lakshmi’s efforts to escape result in her being brutally beaten. She manages to survive her hellacious predicament with the help of the other girls and her own will to never give in. Finally she is rescued in a sting operation by a government organization. Against all odds, the traumatized and broken child-woman shows courage where everybody else fails. Resisting all pressure - violent threats, coercion and bribes, she stands up in court and in a historic landmark case succeeds in putting the traffickers behind bars. Based on true events, Lakshmi is a story of heroism and untold courage.

To register and book tickets for this event, click here.

This movie screening is brought to you by OIS in collaboration with Asian Circle, Tongues on Fire and Oxfam.

Bhopal - A Prayer for Rain

December 1, 2014

Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

This movie is being screened for the first time in the UK, and is brought to you in collaboration with The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development.

OIS & SPIC MACAY Music Concert with Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

November 5, 2014

Holywell Music Room

Oxford India Society played host to Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Wednesday, 5th November at a musical concert which saw a turnout of over 100 students.

A disciple of internationally acclaimed Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is world renowned for inventing the Mohan Veena. The Mohan Veena is an original Indian adaptation of the Hawaiian guitar, featuring fourteen additional strings, enabling him to incorporate playing styles from other Indian instruments such as the sitar, sarod and veena.

At the iconic Hollywell Music Room, which ranks as one of the oldest music halls in Europe, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt accompanied by Pandit Rajkumar Mishra on the table gave a mesmerizing performance. This included his Grammy award winning composition ‘A Meeting by the River’. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt played several ragas such as Raga Vishwa Ranjini, educating the audience about the nuances of the classical Indian music. He demonstrated the different talas at varying speeds exhibiting the intricacies that went into playing of the instrument. The audience sang along with the maestro and each rendition was received with thundering applause. The performance culminated with a Q&A session where Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt answered a range of questions about how he invented the Mohan Veena and how it compares to classical Indian and Western instruments. On popular request he played the Indian national song Vande Mataram amidst cheers from the audience. The night culminated with a standing ovation for the maestro and a vote of thanks to the Nehru Centre, Spic Macay and Oxford India Society for making the event possible.

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Dialogue on Kashmir

June 15, 2014

Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

The Oxford Dialogue on Kashmir discussed the contested Kashmir issue through an academic lens. The panel consisted of Victoria Schofield, Barrister Sultan Mahmood, Prof Muhammad Talib and Arif A. Malik.

Panel Discussion on Judicial Activism by Soli Sorabjee

June 13, 2014

Law Faculty, St Cross Road

The eminent jurist and Supreme Court Advocate Mr. Soli Sorabjee came to Oxford and spoke as a part of a panel discussion on Judicial Activism in India.

Fundraising for the Act for Change India

June 7, 2014

Corpus Christi College

OIS's first charity dinner at the Corpus Christi College dining hall, the proceeds of which went to Act for Change, an initiative to spread mental health awareness in India through forum theatre. The dinner and desserts, made by the OIS masterchefs, were accompanied by a magic show and musical performance, as well as a play that served as a taster for the charity's campaign. With well over 80 people in attendance, OIS' first independently organised fundraiser was a success and the first of many to come.

Poetry Reading by Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak

May 18, 2014

Shulman Auditorium, Queen's College

A reading of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales by Naseeruddin Shah and his wife Ratna Pathak followed by an hour long Q&A session was attended by a packed house of 120 students. The interaction continued over dinner where Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak enjoyed their interaction with students.

Holi celebrations

May 3, 2014

Merton Sports Grounds

Holi celebrations mark the beginning of Trinity Term at Oxford University. Organised by the Oxford India Society at Merton Sports Ground, more than 200 Oxford students, professors and residents joined in the revelry

Talk on Human Insecurity by Ram Mashru

March 12, 2014

Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College

Human Insecurity -- Fear, Deprivation and Abuse in India.

Supporting the Bhopal Medical Appeal

June 25, 2013

Merton College, Oxford

OIS President Vikaran Khanna talks about our support to the Bhopal Medical Appeal. Thanks to all those who donated for the town and gown race and those who came for the talk in the evening!

Kashmir Debate

May 4, 2013

Balliol College, Oxford

A debate on the Kashmir issue was held at Balliol College.

Question Hour with Indian MPs

April 17, 2013

Said Business School, University of Oxford