The India Center is a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent, the promotion of its cultural life, and the unique relationship between India and the United States. Based in New York City, The India Center hosts dialogues and exhibitions, mounts programs, educates audiences, and fosters debate focused on India’s future as well as its rich and varied past. It is also a home for the ever-evolving stories of Indian Americans in the form of a comprehensive oral history archive. The India Center is a platform for both established and emerging experts and artists exploring the evolution of the world’s largest and most complex democracy.
The India Center is supported primarily by patrons, foundations and the public. It is not affiliated with either the U.S. or Indian government.
India has played a major role in America’s geopolitical and military relationships, sometimes as ally sometimes as adversary, as it has played a major role in America’s economic growth. Indian Americans lead large U.S. companies, run teaching hospitals and university departments, and are professionals and entrepreneurs. They also increasingly run for office, start dance companies, teach elementary school, and write novels. It is a community that has grown immensely in numbers and influence throughout our society.
Audiences in large metropolitan areas regularly are exposed to the arts from India: visual arts, film, dance, music. Large and small universities study India’s politics, religions and history, and prominent think tanks convene experts to discuss its political, social and economic issues. And for many in the Indian-American community, the study of India is an intimate, living subject of reflection and family values.
And yet, to date, there has not been a single, standalone organization in this country dedicated to India and its effect on the lives of Americans.