Press release


Finally, Norway meets India and the rest of the world in Oslo     

Described as a footprint, a dream and a philosophy, Chitra House - - is dedicated to the memory of Chitra, the late wife of Mr Nirmal K. Sethia. “She taught me that the first step to divinity is gratitude. To all who knew her she was the ocean of kindness. She never talked about her philanthropic activities or the good she had been doing all of her life.”

Chitra House in collaboration with Hilde Lystad, reflects the essence of Chitra in the qualities of love, compassion, beauty, refinement and elegance. Chitra House Norway, the first of many properties around the world, was of officially opened on April 12th 2016, hosted by Mr Nirmal Sethia, founder of Chitra House and The Sethia Foundation, Hilde Lystad, CEO of Chitra House, and guests from around the world including Ambassadors, Excellencies and Mr Sethia’s closest friends and family.

In a magical night, with light displays overlooking the magnificent Oslo Fjord, guests were treated to delicious creative culinary works of art, complimented by performances delivered by some of Norway’s best opera singers, harpists and artists, who delighted and enthralled guests with their renditions of operatic pieces and Norwegian traditional anthems.

Hilde Lystad personally travelled from London to Venice, Jaipur and around the world to nd the right combination of fabrics, colours, furnishings and touches to recreate essence of Chitra’s favoured elements. Chitra House is home to notable artworks from Queen Sonja Print Award, including Kjell Nupen, Magne Furuholmen and Ørnulf Opdahl.

Together, Mr Sethia, his team and Hilde Lystad created the unique signature of Chitra in Norway. Chitra house reflects the ultimate combination of rich Royal Indian heritage in the heart of Scandinavian natural beauty and the heartbeat of one of the fastest growing cities and business hubs in Europe, making it an ideal meeting place for business and bespoke events.

Situated in Fornebu, just 10 minutes from the city centre, Chitra House is surrounded by 1.9 acres of garden and set on the banks of the Oslo Fjord with magnificent views. The venue is suitable for creating unique opportunities for outdoor events and summer concerts.

Welcome to hospitality in a memorable way!