Hundreds of people came to an Indian arts and culture centre when it held its popular open day.

Up to 600 people are thought to have dropped into the The Bhavan Centre in West Kensington on February 20, to try out classical Indian instruments such as the tabla and sitar, traditional dances, languages and yoga.

The taster classes proved a big hit with visitors, as did the Indian street food which was heartily devoured.

The centre in Castletown Road was packed with families making the most of the half term holidays, with visitors coming from a wide ethnic background.

It was something that pleased with centre, which is keen to have more diverse crowd attending its courses.

A spokesperson said: “People had the opportunity to come in and get close to something they might not know, with some pretty outstanding artists and teachers.

“There was a diverse crowd as well which was really encouraging as we want to reach out to the local community and the general arts community in London.

“It’s encouraging to have students from Canada, Poland and Hungary and studying classical Indian dance.”

For more information on classes run at The Bhavan Centre go to

Anyone interested is encouraged to attend classes listed in the timetable as ‘Open’ or call 0207 381 3086.