About us

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.

The Opportunity

For the better part of a century, India and the United States have enjoyed an important, if at times volatile relationship. Millions of India’s citizens have moved to the U.S. in search of economic or personal opportunity, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have visited India in search of cultural adventure, spiritual growth, or business pursuit.

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.

Who we are

Founding Director, Board President
Giri Desai
Founding Director, Board Secretary
Founding Director, Board Treasurer
Board Vice President
Get involved
We thrive on community and collaboration. As a dynamic organization, we invite you to help us grow and support our work in a variety of ways.

You can donate to our organization, which will keep our wheels turning. We are also always more than happy to explore new partnerships with other organizations, institutions, companies, groups, and individuals. If you have an idea, drop us a line. And if you want to learn more about our work and our plans, or the incredible potential of US-India exchange, get in touch.
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