October 26, 2004 > India Community Center - Building A Community, Together
India Community Center - Building A Community, Together
by Arathi Satish
The last few years have seen significant growth of the East Indian population in the United States, especially in the Bay Area. Although there are numerous temples and cultural centers, there has always been the need for a community center. In 1991, the Indo-American Community Service Center (ICSC) of Santa Clara began offering service to Indian and other mainstream communities. The India Community Center (ICC) was born in June 2001 with the mission "to promote Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the Indian community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community. India community Center is "a non-religious, non regional, non-political and non-profit organization."
Radhika Mathur, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, says, "India Community Center offers over 500 activities annually which enrich lives from a social, cultural, educational and health perspective. We also strive to unite the Indian community on every level-from individuals to organizations across diverse demographic, socio-economic and religious groups. Our culturally- rich programs like Hindi language classes or Bharatnatyam dance classes are wonderful introductions to Indian culture for the mainstream community and also help Indian children who are born and raised in America stay connected to their roots. With over 2500 members, we are so excited about the positive response from the local community and beyond."
Although the Indian population in the Bay Area has increased dramatically in the last 10 years, the community infrastructure had not kept pace. The values of ICC help the organization to unite the Indian community and bring a sense of community ownership. It is a place wherein both Indians and non-Indians can participate and expect high quality and ethical standards.
Services being offered by ICC include classes, seminars and workshops (e.g. language, culture, history); fitness, recreation and wellness programs (e.g. fitness, yoga and diet); social activities and special events (e.g. festivals, special events, trips); support and referral services (e.g. global hotline, legal and medical clinics); library (e.g. Indian books and periodicals, multimedia resources); senior center (e .g. senior-specific classes, trips, activities); kids learning center (e.g. structured weekly learning, babysitting); cafˇ, lounge and game room (e.g. table tennis, billiards).
Events that are being planned for the immediate future include:
- Book Reading with author Suketa Mehta on Friday, October 29, 2004.
- Sangeet Bahaar 2005 Auditions on Sunday, October 31. 2004.
- It's A Small World, Formal Banquet and Auction on Saturday, November 6, 2004. People attending will get to meet stars like Shabana Azmi, Suniel Shetty, MC Hammer, Kim Sharma, Miss California and Sandhya Patel. The program includes, VIP Celebrity Reception, Silent and live Auction, Kids International Fashion Show, Dinner, Dancing and more. Auction Prize Preview: 49er Tickets, Taj Resorts Vaction, Cruise for two to France, Spas, Club Med and more!
- Creative Writing Workshop with Vasanthi Victor - Saturday, November 13, 2004.
- Muavazey - A Play by Bhisham Sahni, Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, December 05, 2004.
- Health Fair - Free admission, Sunday, November 14, 2004.
- India Immersion workshop, Wednesday, November 17, 2004.
- ICC Annual Math Wizard contest, Saturday, November 20, 2004.
ICC monthly membership rates are $40 for family, $30 for couple and $18 for single and $8 for Senior individual. There is an initiation fee of $99 for family, $79 for couple, $49 for individuals and $29 for senior individuals. For further details about the various services and events, contact India Community Center, 555 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA 95035, Phone (408) 934 - 1130 or visit www.indiacc.org.