The origin and the first year of ICS(Indian Cultural Society) Of Urbana-Champaign: 1982

On May 2, 1982, The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) of Urbana—Champaign

began its life after a meeting of several members of the Indian Community at Govindjee and Rajni’s home (2401 South Boudreau Drive, Urbana,IL) .

Those involved in serving the ICS that year were:

N. Narayan Rao (President)

Late Giridhari Tikku (Vice President)

Balbir Kindra (Secretary)

Narindar Aggarwal (Treasurer)

P.R. Balgopal

Rajni Govindjee

Yamuna Kachru

Rajeshwari Pandharipande

Madhu Seth


Shantha Ranga Rao

Rani Kindra

Shyamla Balgopal

Siva Monrad

and Dilip Sarwate (chairpersons of various committees).


Activities included: Gandhi Jayanthi; a dance performance by Hema Rajgopalan;

a picnic at Crystal Lake Park;

a Classical recital by Zakir Hussein;

a lecture by the famous Indian novelist Raja Rao, among other events.


We started with a membership of 80 persons (not counting children). The membership fee was $25 (husband and wife and all children living with them); and $15 (individuals). Now, we have no membership fee.