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February 15, 2005 > India Community Center in Milpitas to Expand

India Community Center in Milpitas to Expand

by Arathi Satish

India Community Center's Board of trustees purchased the 40,000 square foot building next to their present Milpitas facility recently. This move will double the size of the present facility. "The new facility will allow ICC to provide larger classrooms and a 10,000 square foot workout facility for its 2500 members," said Anil Godhwani, ICC co-founder and trustee. "We are excited about the new facility's state of the art amphitheater, which will allow us to produce shows and concerts, and full catering facilities will allow us to host banquets and weddings."

The Center received a $3.85 million loan by Wells Fargo Bank, said Marketing Director Julie Craft. Citigroup will be providing additional financing to support the renovations and the Milpitas Planning Commission approved ICC's use permit for the new facility. A grand opening is being planned for early 2006. The new facility will allow ICC to expand many new programs like the popular early childhood program, ICC Little Stars. ICC has more than 600 students enrolled in yoga, music, dance, martial arts and cooking classes. This number is expected to double by the year's end.

ICC, Milpitas is the nation's largest Indian-American community facility, dedicated to promoting Indian culture and enriching lives through educational, cultural, recreational and community programs. Members can enjoy ICC's fitness center, library, kids' learning center, computer labs, closes, the caf è as well as the recreational area. A satellite facility is located in Sunnyvale. ICC is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization funded by private contributions, membership dues, fees and grants and is operated by a small staff and more than 200 volunteers.

"The rapid growth and expansion of India Community Center reflects tremendous community support for the programs and services we have to offer and it is a strong validation of the positive and essential work ICC is doing in the Bay Area," said Talat Hasan, ICC chair. "We are very grateful to all the people who have come together to make the ICC vision a reality."

Upcoming events include, India Heritage Day 2005, on Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward. The program is a spectacular celebration of India's rich culture featuring Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas, Bharatnatyam luminary Mythili Kumar along with her troupe and the dancers of Kathal Virtuso Anuradha Nag. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to tsunami relief funds. Admission is, VIP seating $100, general seating $45, seniors and students $20, and balcony seating $35. Visit or call (408) 934-1130 for more information.

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