World Heritage Cultural Center honors actor Kabir Bedi, announces plan for new facility

Actor Kabir Bedi, center, interacts with the audience, as World Heritage Cultural center Board members Jyoti Soni, left, and Victor Cruz, look on. Bedi was honored with the WHCC Lifetime Achievement Cultural Award on April 5 at TV Asia Studios in Edison, New Jersey (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/


Actor Kabir Bedi was presented with the World Heritage Cultural Center’s first Lifetime Achievement Cultural Award for his long, distinguished career in the arts. The awards ceremony was held April 5 at the TV Asia studios here. TV Asia Chairman H.R. Shah was also honored with WHCC’s Community Excellence Award. The evening was hosted by WHCC Board members Jyoti Soni and Victor Cruz.

Bedi with News India Times publisher Dr. Sudhir Parikh and TV Asia Chairman H.R. Shah (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/

Bedi has performed in film, television, and theater and is best known for roles in “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Octopussy”, the Italian pirate series “Sandokan” (Sandokan), and over 60 Bollywood films including “Khoon Bhari Maang.”

Dr. Parikh welcomes Bedi at the April 5 event (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/

The WHCC also announced plans for a new 30,000 square foot building, intended for the culturally diverse Brewster, New York, or Newtown, Conn. area, close to New York City. The facility will include an outdoor amphitheater and indoor theater, music recording studio, world library, lecture hall, class and conference rooms, event space including a grand ballroom, a WHCC press release said.

Bedi with FIA Chairman Ramesh Patel (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/

Founded in 2009, the WHCC has led more than 75 events with over 900,000 attendees in major U.S. cities. “There is a growing unmet need for real, in-person cultural connections,” founder Sattie Persaud said. “The new center for WHCC will enable us to meet that need for more people,” he added.

Bedi with Jayesh Patel of OFBJP (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/

The center focuses on sharing cultural knowledge and creating a common ground for any culture in the world to interact. It also encourages those from other countries to keep their cultural heritage alive and celebrate and share their way of life through arts and food. It helps break down cultural barriers through education and community events. The new WHCC facility is the first of many planned across the country aimed to help communities to embrace diversity.

Bedi with Haresh Shah (Photo: Gunjesh Desai/

WHCC plans to raise $200K by June 30 to purchase land for the center, with an intention of raising up to $6 million for the center’s completion.

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