A new full-fledged Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) opened its doors to the public in Kuala Lumpur on 4th November 2009 to showcase India’s rich heritage and promote multilayered cultural exchanges between the peoples of India and Malaysia. The establishment of a the Centre is an important initiative of the Government of India, in keeping with the high priority it attaches to its bilateral relations with Malaysia. It will give India’s cultural presence in Malaysia a major fillip and constitute an important dimension of the friendly partnership between the two countries.
The ICC is the Cultural Wing of the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur and has a dedicated Director and support staff. It is administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), an autonomous organization of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, which promotes awareness and appreciation of India’s composite cultural heritage abroad.
Located downtown in lively CapSquare, the ICC places itself at the heart of the cultural life of Kuala Lumpur, offering a wide and interesting range of cultural services and performances to its patrons. It is spread over 8000 square feet and houses a multi purpose hall, exhibition gallery, stage, dance studio, music room, yoga hall, library and resource centre. All events at the ICC are free of charge and open to the general public.
The ICC has a well stocked Library and Resource Centre, a Tourism Kiosk and an Education Help Desk. Qualified teachers from India offer classes in Kathak dance, Carnatic vocal music, Tabla, Yoga and Hindi during the week as well as on weekends.
The ICC facilities are open to all persons interested in learning about India and preserving, promoting and enriching Indian culture, values and heritage. In addition to hosting leading artistes and cultural troupes from India, the Centre relies on the large reservoir of accomplished Malaysian exponents of Indian art forms, many of whom have received formal training in India.
The ICC invites artistes, academics, writers and performers to use its premises to showcase their talents and reach out to a wide and discerning audience.
The Centre places special emphasis on working with local cultural organizations promoting Indian culture. It looks upon its work as complementing and supplementing the efforts already being made by cultural organisations in Malaysia to promote Indian art and culture.
A core grouping called the ‘Friends of Indian Cultural Centre’ has been created, comprising eminent personalities in the field of art, music, dance, literature, media and academia, as well as patrons of the arts, upon whose rich and varied experience and expertise the ICC can draw. The ‘Friends of ICC’ meets from time to time to guide and advise the Centre on its activities and outreach towards a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic audience.
The ICC brings out a monthly newsletter with write-ups on events held and profiles of artistes performing at the Centre, as well as announcing forthcoming events and providing other relevant information. The newsletter is emailed to interested persons and institutions all over Malaysia. To register, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indian Cultural Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m to 7.30 p.m. Apart from office hours, the Centre is open for scheduled events in the evening.
Indian Cultural Centre,
CapSquare Signature Office B (Level 1),
Jalan Munshi Abdullah,
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03- 2691 0437, 03- 2691 0439
Fax: 03- 2691 0436