After the phenomenal success of the Festival of India in USSR/ Russia in 1988 and the 100th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre (JNCC) was opened as part of the Embassy of India, Moscow, in March 1989 to further strengthen the traditionally rich cultural cooperation and affinity between the people of India and Russia.
JNCC’s India-based teachers conduct regular classes of Kathak, Folk & Bollywood Dance, Tabla & Vocal Music for Russian nationals. They also conduct workshops and master classes at various Russian universities, institutes and schools. The students of JNCC regularly perform in various events organized by JNCC and the local cultural organizations. As part of its out-reach mandate, JNCC cooperates and coordinates with the Indian community associations in Moscow and a number of private local Indian cultural centres and dance schools spread across Russia.
JNCC has academic collaboration with leading Russian universities with regard to dissemination of Indian Culture and setting up of ICCR Chairs there. JNCC provides guidance to Russian students for higher studies in India on ICCR scholarships or on self-financing basis.
JNCC classes continue to be immensely popular with local Russians. Every month, a number of students attend classes taught by India-based teachers at JNCC. JNCC Tabla Teacher conducts weekly classes at Tchaikovsky Musical Conservatory, Moscow. As a part of our mandate in addition to organising cultural events in Russia, to promote Indian official language Hindi, JNCC celebrates “Vishwa Hindi Divas” in January and “Hindi Divas” in September every year.
JNCC organizes cultural events in various regions of Russia, Days of Indian Culture, Indian film festivals, Indian festivals, summer concerts "Indian Summer", prepares cultural presentations for the Summer Bazaar, Republic Day annually, Independence Day, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, National Unity Day and implements arrangements for the Namaste Russia festival of Indian culture that is organized every alternate year under the Cultural Exchange Programme signed by the Governments of India and Russia.