Grundtvig's influence in India dates back to the first decades of the twentieth century when Grundtvigian missionary Anne Marie Pedersen (1878-1951) came to India in 1909 and later joined Gandhi to contribute to the social uplift and spread of education. She established a school for girls at Porto Novo. She also visited Santiniketan,Tagore's university.
After independence in 1947 a number of non-formal education centres called Vidyapeeths were set up in the Danish folk high school pattern in the Indian state of Karnataka in the 1950s.There were Grundtvig Halls in these schools.
Mitraniketan, a folk high school, inspired by Grundtvig and Tagore, was established near Trivandrum in Kerala in 1956.It is contributing immensely to education and development in the region.
A Grundtvig International Centre was established at Jadavpur University in Kolkata in 2003.The University organised first and second Grundtvig International Conference in 1999 and 2003.The third Grundtvig International Conference in Kolkata was held in 2007 by Grundtvig India Society in collaboration with a number of national and international organisations.
Sanket, a fortnightly magazine in Bengali published from Kolkata, gets inspiration from Grundtvig and Tagore. Grundtvig's and Tagore's portrait adorn the first page of every issue. It also publishes articles on Grundtvig.
Asoke Bhattacharya (b. 1950), professor and Grundtvig researcher of Jadavpur University, Kolcata
Hovedbygningen på Seva Mandir, 1978, der pyntes op til fejringen af 100året for Anne Maries fødsel