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Twenty-eight years of India Club

  • Poonam Sagar

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 16 2009   /  04:25 pm

It all started with the initiative of the then Indian ambassador to Indonesia His Excellency Mr. Bhutani, on Aug. 23, 1981, when about 20 Indian families held an informal meeting at JIS-Patimura enjoying homemade snacks and hot tea. It is this modest beginning that has successfully transformed into today's well established India Club. The 100-odd Jakarta-based Indian families who were the initial club members always looked forward to the annual visiting artist from India for entertainment over a weekend. The membership over the years gradually rose to 200, 300 and even 500 families by the mid-1990s. The club was operated very informally in a low-key manner mainly organizing sociocultural events. Since then the India Club has transformed into a premier informal sociocultural organization for all Indians in Jakarta and has been a medium to showcase vibrant Indian culture in Indo...