The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Johannesburg has been actively working towards promoting Indian culture in South Africa to foster closer links between India and South Africa. SVCC Johannesburg was opened in 1993. In fact, it was the first GOI presence in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. The High Commission and the Consulate were established in 1994.
The Centre has steadily increased its range of activities, both in house and outside. Besides imparting training in Hindustani classical singing, Yoga, Tabla, Hindi and Bengali languages, it also organizes various cultural events in collaboration with local organizations. The premises of the Centre are also being utilized by various cultural organizations for rehearsals for their respective events.
Hindustani vocal: Hindustani classical vocal music classes are conducted by Shri Arindam Mukhopadhyay, Hindustani vocal teacher sent by SVCCR, at the Centre. Besides, under our outreach programme, classes are conducted in Parkmore Gurudwara and in Lenasia School of Music on weekends. Hindustani vocal classes are popular. Shri Mukhopadhyay participates in performances and events organized by local cultural organizations outside the SVCC. He also performs at various temples and local Gurudwara whenever invited on special occasions.
Yoga: Regular Yoga Classes are conducted by Ms. Maya Bhatt, Teacher of Indian Culture at the Centre from Tuesday to Saturday every month. For details and joining please contact email@example.com.
In addition, SVCC puts together musical programmes by the Hindustani vocal teacher and his students during Republic Day, Independence Day, Diwali and Holi celebrations at the High Commission and Consulate.
Tabla: SVCC conducts Tabla classes with the support of a local teacher, Shri Yogesh Chouhan. The classes are conducted over the weekends.
Hindi: Hindi Classes are conducted at the Centre by Shri V.Garib Bhai, aided by two local teachers. They cover reading, writing and oral Hindi. More than 35 students attend these classes conducted every Saturday.
Bangla: The Bengali Association of South Africa has started Bangla Classes at the Centre At present, 9 students are attending these classes.
International Yoga Day: SVCC organized the first International Yoga Day (21st June) celebrations in 4 cities across multiple venues – Johannesburg, Mafikeng, Nelspruit and Polokwane. SVCC Yoga Teacher demonstrated various Yoga Asanas to a large gathering of Yoga enthusiasts. This year also SVCC teacher and students will be actively participating in organizing the IDY. Yoga was also featured as part of our annual Shared History Festival 2015.
EHSAAS: SVCC supported the first Ghazal festival in South Africa in May 2015 organized by Inner Circle Entertainment. In addition, SVCC in association with local dance schools organizes performances and workshops.
Cultural Troupes from India: SVCC invites and receives regular cultural troupes from India sent by SVCCR and organizes their performances in collaboration with local community.
Fairs, Festivals and Films: SVCC partners with Indian community associations to celebrate cultural events and festivals - Holi, Diwali, Baisakhi, Ugadi, Utkal Dibas, etc. SVCC had in the past organized a film festival in 2014. Several documentaries have been screened to showcase Indian heritage and culture. During such events, we have an expert speak on the subject so as to make the screening more engaging.
Shared History Festival: SVCC partners the Shared History Festival – an annual feature in South Africa. The Festival is a public-private partnership initiative. Teamwork Arts in collaboration with the High Commission, the Consulate General, and SVCC hosts the festival.
SVCC and Social Media: The SVCC has been using social media to expand its programme and outreach. It has its own Facebook account. Information about its activities are posted on the Consulate’s website as well.
The Centre opens from Tuesday-Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., except public holidays
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