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)
Shantha Ranga Rao
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.