8. SWAMI VIVEKANANDA CULTURAL CENTRE, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Colombo, is an Indian Cultural Centre of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). It was established in 1998 under the aegis of High Commission of India with the aim of building bridges of cultural exchange, to revive and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and Sri Lanka. It seeks to promote India-Sri Lanka cultural co-operation by building on cultural commonalities, people to people contact and creating an awareness of Indian culture in all facets.
The Centre offers classes in Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Hindustani & Carnatic vocal, Violin, Sitar, Tabla, Hindi and Yoga. Over the years, the Centre has gained tremendous popularity with nearly 1500 students enrolled in the various classes conducted at the Centre. The Centre organizes programmes, visual art exhibitions, seminars, workshops, lecture demonstrations, food festivals and various out-reach programmes using all soft power tools engaging ICCR scholars, experts, artists and academics from India and Sri Lanka. The Centre also regularly screens Indian films and documentaries at its auditorium.