Leading international dance brand Ministry of Sound has opened its first club in India.

London-based Ministry of Sound International president Michael Wilkings visited the capital New Delhi for the opening of the club, the first such club brand to enter the market.

"India is one of our primary expansion areas in the future, and we are currently negotiating for other Ministry of Sound clubs in other cities as well."

MoS have launched here via a licensee agreement with New Delhi-based Indo Renaissance, which has interests in hotels and related areas.

Wilkings added, "Our licensee for New Delhi has rights only for this particular location, although they do wish to open other sites, and we support them in that ambition. In fact, there is a strong possibility of another MoS club opening in another city sometime this year."

Wilkings added that the club's music style will reflect a mix of DJs and playlists "featuring the best of international and Indian talent."

The Delhi club can hold about 1,400 people, and couples can expect to pay an entry charge of $45 (Rupees 2,000).

Plans to appoint an India country manager are also in the pipeline.

In Asia, MoS already operates a club in Singapore, while an outlet in Kuala Lumpur will open towards the year-end. A Shanghai venue is slated for 2008.