Indian Council for Cultural Relations New Delhi The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded on 9th April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of Independent India. The Council helps formulate and implement policies pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other peoples. The last six decades have been one of the most exciting periods in the arts in India's long history. Indian literature, music and dance, Yoga, Indian paintings, sculpture and crafts, as well as Indian theatre and films, has each witnessed great outbursts of creativity. ICCR continues to encourage improvisation and experimentation with the new, while it pays homage to the classical as well as the folk forms of India's cultural expression.


The Objects of the Council as defined in the Memorandum of Association are:

  • To participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India's external cultural relations.
  • To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries
  • To promote cultural exchange with other countries and peoples.
  • To establish and develop relations with national and inter-national organisations in the field of culture.
  • To take such measures as may be required to further these objectives

Indian Cultural Centre Suriname

Sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, the Indian Cultural Centre, (ICC) was established in Paramaribo in 1978. The Centre functions under the overall supervision of the Embassy of India and is headed by a Director

The main objectives of ICC are:

  • To promote Indian Culture in Suriname by teaching Indian music, Dance, Yoga and language.
  • Classes on these activities are conducted by qualified teachers from India.
  • ICC also organizes several programmes to promote Indian culture, Indian festivals and important local festivities.