Milapfest’s Founder, Prashant Nayak, Has Retired After Over 35 Years Service

Prashant Nayak

Milapfest’s Founder & Executive Director, Prashant Nayak, Has Retired After Over 35 Years Service

2019 marks a significant new era for Milapfest, the UK’s leading Indian arts development trust. Executive Director and founder Prashant Nayak retired at the start of this year after over 35 years of tireless and invaluable work at the organisation.

The organisation was created in 1985 by a group of like-minded friends spearheaded by Dr Nayak to provide meaningful cultural activities which enhance friendship, understanding and cooperation between the Host community and the people of South Asian origin who had made their home in Britain. It also felt that sharing each other’s customs, traditions and arts was the best way for a community to remain harmonious and happy.

On Friday 18th January 2019, the organisation Dr Nayak founded all those years ago was able to celebrate his important work as it welcomed Arts Council England‘s Chief Executive, Darren Henley OBE, to present Prashant with a small token of the organisation’s appreciation of his service.

The team and trustees, past and present, want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Prashant for his dedication. They also welcome friends of the organisation to share their memories of Milapfest over the years in celebration of Prashant’s work. Messages have already been flooding in from across the globe since the news was officially announced on Milapfest’s website on Friday, including from world renowned performers such as Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh and Anil Srinivasan.

Milapfest are excited to enter our new stage, although they know Prashant will still be a consistent presence in the work they do (alongside enjoying some much deserved free time in his retirement!). They hope to announce Prashant’s successor as Executive Director within the next few weeks.

Prashant Nayak receiving his gift from Darren Henley OBE.