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India International Centre

Considered to be a three pronged approach towards developing cultural heritage, intellectual exchanges and social strength, the India International Centre has well been one of the best features in Indian cultural scenario. IIC or India International Centre has become a well known destination for many meetings, cultural programmes and events related to culture and heritage of India, without any official nature, interference from the government and political scenario. Sanctity and purity of this particular institution has been well maintained over the years, and the centre has remained uncommitted to different social, political, economic and governmental affiliations.

Concept of Triveni

Triveni is otherwise known as three wings or structure of three, the name given to IIC, New Delhi. The reason for such a reference is the activities in three directions, which are carried out and promoted through India International Centre. There is an intellectual stream, which is responsible for the conduct of seminars, symposia, discussions and meetings on different topics concerning the Indian development and various walks of social life. Through the social stream, there is exchange of ideas among people, who come to IIC and take up temporary residence for participating in different cultural and social activities. In the three streams, there are many shows, dramas, films and other programmes conducted to encourage culture and heritage of the country.

Origin of India International Centre

Named aptly, the India International Centre was constructed in 1960 and inaugurated in 1962, after being designed by the famous architect, Joseph Allen Stein, who was an American architect, living in India from 1955 to 1995. This centre is located in Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate in New Delhi, amidst many other such beautifully designed buildings, giving the region an unofficial name of Steinabad, as Joseph Stein had also designed many of the buildings in the area.

Creating IIC in New Delhi was the idea of Dr S Radhakrishnan, the then Vice President of India and he discussed the issue with Mr John D. Rockfeller III. In order to help in the growth and understanding between different nations and encourage the cultural growth, it was decided that a centre should be established, in the model of International House of Japan, Tokyo. The idea was liked by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and he took personal interest in the selection and activities of the centre’s construction and establishment. The objectives of IIC were formulated by the discussions among some of the greatest minds of that era in India, and in 1960, the centre was registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. During the meetings, it was decided that the major contributors and participants in the activities of India International Centre would be different universities, so that there would be the maintenance of sanctity in the organisation. So, finances were raised by the Rockfeller Foundation and various universities.

Over the years, hundreds of eminent personalities from all over the world have visited the India International Centre and given talks, presided over symposia and discussions and invoked thoughtful deliberations. The day to day affairs are managed by the board of trustees, comprising of various eminent personalities.

Design of the building has been quite beautiful and in line with the different kinds of peaceful ambience of the surroundings of Lodhi Gardens. Most of the rooms have been based on themes from various parts of the world and events. Green environment has been given much thought and the scenario is quite befitting for the conduct of different kinds of cultural, intellectual and social celebrations and occasions.


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