Past present and future of “Discover India Club”(DIC)
The “Discover India Club” (DIC) was originally founded in June, 1978, by some of the members of Japan-India Association (Nichi-In Kyokai) who were interested in Indian culture. It was a team of people from various walks of life who had gathered to “discover the charm of India”. These people studied Indian culture and published “Qitab” (a List of published books on India), and “Photo Tour Guide” (four volumes). They carried out various activities for cultural exchange between India and Japan and they also compiled the official guidebook on India “Festivals of India” that was circulated all over Japan in year 1988.
India has accomplished remarkable economic development in the 21st century, and life in urban India is said to be similar to that of developed countries. India also took advantage of internet because India is strong in Information Technology. Because of spread of internet, sitting at home or office in Japan, large volume of information is available to everyone, and it is possible to get information from any corner of the world including India. However, the knowledge and information acquired through internet is somehow different from the real experience of meeting people, touching things and visiting places.
In July 2013, the DIC was re-established. The newly-formed DIC has many new and enthusiastic members who have started its activities around the theme of “Finding Real India”, and responding to various needs of the present era. The new DIC consists of people who have rich experience of India and who will start exploring India further from now on. They would like to experience the “real India” and they aim to contribute to building and expanding relations between the peoples of Japan and India. To fulfill this purpose, DIC will work hand in hand with the Indian Cultural Center at the Embassy of India in Japan, The Japan-India Association, and other like-minded groups, organizations and individuals. Along with building and enhancing such networks, DIC will collect and distribute information related to India through its own Website.
Even though ties between Japan and India are becoming stronger and stronger every year, there is still lot of scope for promoting interpersonal exchange and cultural exchange. DIC will work to expand cultural exchanges between the peoples of two countries through music and dance, stage dramas, arts and architecture, textile and fashion. DIC plans to get registered as a NGO/NPO. DIC will also join hands with the people and organizations in India who are interested in Japan and wish to discover “real Japan”. We will work with them to promote friendship and collaboration between the peoples of the two countries.