Association for India's Development (AID) - Chapters of RTP:
AID is a
non-profit, voluntary organization with a mission to effect social change in
India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in
India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women's empowerment
etc. AID has three chapters in the Triangle area in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel
Bhartiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina
The BSCNC meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center
in Bond Park, Cary, North Carolina. In summer, there are lots of outdoor
activities like picnics, day trips and long and short tours. For more
information, please contact Dhirubhai Desai (President)
Relief and You (CRY):
Relief and You) is an India-based non-profit organization committed to
encouraging and facilitating individuals to make a positive impact in children s lives.
Since 1979, CRY has involved over
100,000 individuals and organizations in making a difference in the lives of
more than a million children. CRY-RDU is the local action center of CRY India in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel
Hill area, and has been actively raising both awareness and much-needed funds
since the summer of 2001.
welcomes individuals interested in joining our enthusiastic volunteer base, and
who would like to contribute time, skills, or ideas.
GEET BAZAAR South Asian Radio Program:
Every Sunday morning from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts
Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan,
and other countries and languages of South Asia. Every show features
listener requests and dedications, community calendar information, and call-in
giveaway contests. GEET
BAZAAR will also publicize community events free of charge. The North
Carolina Center For South Asia Studies, the NC State Dept. of Foreign Languages
Hindi-Urdu Program, and local sponsors provide this program as a non-profit
public service. To place requests or for more information,
Phone: (919) 851-1119.
Greater Carolina Kerala Association (GCKA):
GCKA is a non-profit organization that has been actively serving the Kerala
Community in the Triangle for the past 10 years. GCKA organizes cultural,
social, educational and entertainment activities annually.
Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC:
Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) is a non-profit, voluntary organization based in the
RTP area that promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to
foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on
the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage.
Programs through out the year are conducted to attain above described
goals. For upcoming programs or
info: Saroj Sharma at (919) 851 - 0225 or
info: Sudha Dhingra at (919)-362 5244
Hindi-Urdu Course on
NC State University
offers a televised complete college-level Elementary Hindi-Urdu course, taught
by Professor Afroz Taj. The course airs in the Raleigh area Time-Warner
Cable Channel 18 every Monday and Wednesday evening, 9:00 to 10:00 PM and every
Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Tune in to learn for fun, or
if you want to earn university credit, contact Professor Taj at "taj_AT_unity.ncsu.edu"
or (919) 851-1119 or contact the NC State Distance Learning Program at (919)
Hindu Students Council
(HSC) NC State:
Hindu Students Council at North Carolina State
University is a chapter of the national organization
called Hindu Students Council (HSC).HSC -NCState is a
non-sectarian, non-ethnic, non-profit
cultural/religious student organization. It aims to
provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy,
spirituality and cultural heritage through various
activities, events and projects and is dedicated to
provide Seva (service) to the community.
contact: Yoganand at 919-271-5169
Hum Sub is a non-profit organization based in the Triangle area focusing on the
needs of rapidly growing Indian community including the need to share cultural
heritage with general public to raise awareness.
Indian Classical Music & Dance Society
ICMDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the task of promoting Indian
Classical Music & Dance in the triangle area.
Contact: Surendra Desai (President) at
Indus Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, secular organization based at
the Research Triangle Park area. Its
goal is to service humanity. It
was formed by a group of highly educated professionals to integrate the people
of Indian origin, regardless of their religion or rate and develop their
recognition through performance of social and community services for people of
all origins and races.
Info: Dr. V. Goel at 919-461-0001, Professor R. Mathur at 919-460-7044, DR. V.
Bapat (919-319-7294), or DR. M. Wani (919-489-2573)
International Hindi Association (Raleigh Chapter)
International Hindi Association (IHA) is a
non-profit, voluntary organization that promotes Hindi language and literature
and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter organizes Kavi
Sammelans with local and indigenous talents periodically. If you are interested
in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry, contact Sarojben Sharma at
(919) 851-0225 or Sudha Dhingra at (919) 362-5244.
KIRAN is a multicultural, non-religious, community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian men and women in crisis through outreach, peer support and referrals in a confidential manner. KIRAN is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has been actively assisting members of the community in need since 2000. KIRAN operates a 24-Hour Crisis hotline at 1-877-NCKIRAN. For inquiries, volunteer interests and donations please contact KIRAN:
For more details about the organization, contact NCBA s new President Mihir Chakraborty at 919.572.2514
or Madhulavi Majumder (Secretary) at 919.928.8442.
If you would like to volunteer or have suggestions call one of the
A cultural organization to preserve and promote Indian culture by instilling a sense of pride and honor for Indian cultural heritage in young people.
Ragasudha is a new non-profit organization formed to promote local talented
artists in music and dance, in the triangle area and also dedicated to present
traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and the Indian
sub-continent. Ragasudha plans to achieve this objective with unique combination
and support from the local Indian community and the South Asian Student bodies
of Duke, UNC and NCSU.
Satish Garimella: (919) 806-8515.
SAMPIGE Triangle Kannada Association:
The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing
in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India.
Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area)
activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. Contact: Prasad Kashyap (President) at (919)-363-9313.
Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina:
The temple is located at 9421 Chapel Hill Road Cary, NC, 27513. The temple is
open weekdays from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 9 pm & weekends from 9 am to 9
Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC):
TCA NC is a non-profit organization
formed for the purpose of providing youth with exposure to Tamil culture by
organizing events with literary, cultural and social focus.
E-mail : tca_nc-subscribe_AT_yahoogroups.com
Tamil Sangam of North Carolina:
The Tamil Sangam is a non-profit organization that promotes understanding of
Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together.
Their activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc.
C.N.S. Gurupuran (919) 460-7432.
Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA):
The TATA is a non-profit organization that promotes the Telugu culture and
language in the Triangle area. Regularly scheduled events include the Vishnu
Sahasranam program and the Telugu Movie night. Be sure to check out the website
for the time and date for the next movie showing. The Vishnu Sahasranam program
is conducted at the Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville, N.C. on the third Friday of the
month (but the date may be adjusted due to other events, etc). Devotees recite
Vishnu Sahasranam, Hanuman Chalisa and offer prayers and Aarti to deities at the
Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA):
THE NCTGA serves the Gujarati communities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill,
N.C. The group sponsors cultural activities in the area to help maintain
cultural identity and preserve Indian heritage.
Mahesh Vyas [President] at (919)-469-3592 or
Mrs. Vaishalli Desai [Vice President] at
Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO):
This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youth of Indian origin
aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts,
understand and participate in community services, understand and develop
individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education,
arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For additional
info: Latha Pamarthi (Director of TIYO) at Tel. (919)-363-7339 or email triangleindianyouth_AT_yahoo.com
Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS):
Founded in 1986, the TVS mission is to build a sense of community between
current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a
forum for a discussion of issues.
TiE Carolinas three main objectives are to 1) facilitate networking among its
members, 2) foster and nurture entrepreneurship and 3) help members integrate
with the mainstream community.
Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and
literature. It has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group
has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of
Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary
Phone: Afroz Taj at (919)-515-9302.