Amrit Gangar: Brief history of the India-Denmark relation



“I think there is already a bridge between Danish and Indian culture. Now what we need is to make that bridge durable,” says the film historian, writer and curator Amrit Gangar.

This sentence emphasizes the connection and the continuous exchange between Denmark and India, Amrit Gangar explains: This relation has been going on ever since 1938, when the two Danes Henning Holck-Larsen and Søren Kristian Toubro founded the first engineering company in India.

Since then, Larsen & Toubro has been a driving force and a milestone in the development of India’s industry. Recently it was positioned by the magazine Forbes as number 9 on the list of the world’s most innovative companies, and it is also one of the biggest engineering companies in India.

“This company has given a special and great contribution to India”, Gangar suggests.

Furthermore, the Larsen & Toubro Foundation is the initiator and a donor of the festival ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’. Something which according to Gangar highlights that the two countries’ involvement is not just about business, it is also about culture. Culture and business come together. One is essential to the other, and together they create progress.

The bridge has been created brick by brick, through business but also through culture. In Gangar’s opinion with the cinema it will be possible to make that bridge long-lasting, for the next generations.

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The interview was conducted on 5 September 2012 at the Cinematek in Copenhagen by Riccardi Inanna.

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