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We are proud to participate in Mass Cultural Council’s Card to Culture program, in collaboration with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming. Except for the fundraisers, all our programs and events are open and free to the community. Occasionally we host workshops by invitation which can accommodate all deserving individuals. Please contact us at and we will help accommodate a request. See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.


“India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity… of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all.” – Will Durrant, historian, 1934.


Indus Period
Vedic Period
Classical Period
Golden Period
Hindu Period
Mughal-Maratha Period
1500 AD-1800 AD
British Period
800 AD-1947 AD


“India, where words come out from the depth of truth, where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection…” – R. Tagore


Indian culture is one of the oldest in the world. It has developed through the original creativity in creating a philosophy of living. The strands of the culture are reflected in the social conditions, arts, music, food, dress, conduct, sciences and the literature. India Discovery Center is an effort to help understand the culture in the framework of the modern world. Based in Boston, USA, the Center is founded to compile an electronic database on India and to build an education-cum-cultural center for the children and the public. India Discovery Center (IDC) is approved as a non-profit tax-exempt 503(c)(3) public charity in the USA.

India Discovery Center is a non-religious and non-political organization dedicated to cherishing and preserving the Indian heritage and legacy for the current and the future generations through a Digital resource knowledge portal and an Education cum Cultural Center. The knowledge portal is a digital library on India’s cultural history accessible to all around the world. The Education cum Cultural Center, would host creative exhibits depicting India’s cultural heritage and create educational material on India for the young adults. India Discovery Center fosters cultural displays, historical exhibits and educational programs, research collaborations including print and digital publications.

The “India Discovery Center” is researching, and sharing India’s cultural history and evolving identity. IDC’s interactive Cultural & Education Center will encapsulate the evolution of Indian culture—philosophy, religions, literature, language, science, and arts—and its interactions with other world civilizations.

Our Team


Bijoy Misra


Dr. Bijoy Misra serves as the President of India Discovery Center and leads the efforts of content creation and organizing the IDC activities. He is a physicist and has taught in the local area schools. He helps run the South Asia Poets of New England group. He is a Sanskrit scholar and promotes Sanskrit studies in various institutions. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University.


Dr. Rita Pandey


Dr Rita Pandey studied Sanskrit and philosophy. She served as the Assistant Director of Harvard Secondary School Program for more than twenty years. Currently in Lexington, she serves as an elected Town Meeting Member and board member of select committees. She enjoys literature, poetry, music, yoga and nature. She helps organize the IDC Virtual India project.


Satyendra Sharma

Operations Manager

Dr. Satyendra Sharma serves as the Manager of the IDC operations. He earned a PhD degree in Physics at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology at Pune, India, and serves as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer. He is a Seminar Leader in IDC, and keeps interest in history, philosophy and religion. He volunteers as a member in his Town Trails Committee and maintains hobbies in amateur astronomy and nature photography.


Prem Nagar

Contents Manager

Prem Nagar acts as the Contents Manager in India Discovery Center. He is an IT professional and works for Oracle Corporation. He is a researcher in neurology and cognitive science, and participates in research in speech and phonetics through IDC. He comes from a family of musicians and takes interest in music composition and rendering. He is a member of South Asian Poets of New England.


Sachin Bhate

Director of Media and Outreach

Sachin Bhate is a software professional with experience in marketing, branding and advertising. He has worked as a Software Architect for the Department of Defense and continues to lead the strategic branding efforts in the retail commodity market in the New England area and the US. He is a talented podcast producer ( , film maker and web designer. In IDC, he assumes the role of Director of Media and Outreach.


Maneesh Srivastava


Maneesh hails from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India and currently lives in Chelmsford, MA with his wife and two sons. He works as a Sr Business Analyst in a major Asset Management firm in Boston. He is a known poet in the Indian diaspora and continues the family tradition of writing, he writes Poems/Short Stories in Hindi and Urdu. He is a co-founder of "The Pashchim Project" a literary Video Podcast to promote Language Arts.


Amandeep Singh

IT Director

IT Engineer by profession and a poet by heart, Amandeep Singh is from the land of five rivers, Punjab, India. He is a published author in Punjabi and Hindi with four books: “TutdayTarian di Dastaan (1989)”, first-ever book of science fiction short stories in Punjabi, “Kankar Pathar(2016)”, a collectionPunjabi Poems and two children's books - “Tim Tim Chamke Nikka Tara (Punjabi, 2021)”, “Tim Tim Chamke Nanha Tara (Hindi, 2021)”. He runs, a website dedicated to Punjabi children.

At Large


Bhavani Vankineni


Bhavani Vankineni “Vani” serves as the Treasurer in IDC. She is an IT professional with active participation in Indian scriptural reading, cultural productions and in community service. She has interest in history, literature, music and cooking. Empathetic in nature, she offers hand to people in need where she can. She has worked at the Registration desk in IDC seminars.


Chandramouli Subbaraman

Objects Strategist

Chandramouli Subbaraman helps with envisioning and constructing the IDC’s Display Objects. He grew up in Tamil Nadu, India, and is involved in various religious and cultural activities in his village. He works as a Database software engineer and is an avid hobbyist in crafts and mechanics. He keeps interest in music and Sanskrit language and is an active member of the local South Asian diaspora.


Hardik Dixit


Hardik Dixit serves as Director at India Discovery Center. He is IT professional, Sanskrit lover and Vedanta student. He studied at Harvard Extension School in Harvard University. At India Discovery Center, he is going to play active role in all events and going to work on periodic newsletter. He enjoys variety of subjects such as arts, music, spirituality and history. He is ready to get engaged in IDC and create meaningful content for next generation.



Chandrakant Shah (1956-2023)

We offer our condolences to the family and pay tribute to the memory of our colleague Mr Chandrakant "Chandu" Shah. Watch at YouTube: Chandu Smaran


India Discovery Center operates on research and content delivery for education. We acknowledge the support of the following persons in the efforts on content delivery and financial help.

A. Content Contributors

  1. Geography and People
    • Ms. Swati Dave
    • Ms. Reshma Ghanekar
    • Ms. Hardeep Mann
    • Dr. Hemendra Acharya
  2. Art and Culture
    • Ms. Srabonti Bandyopadhyay
    • Ms. Paromita De
    • Ms. Srilkshmi Srinivasan
    • Dr. Krishnakali Dasgupta
    • Dr. Jaidev Dasgupta
    • Dr(Ms.) Rita Pande
  3. Language and Literature
    • Mr. Jaspal Singh
    • Mr. Prem Nagar
  4. Philosophy and Religion
    • Dr(Ms.). Chandrika Govardhan
    • Mr. Vrittamani Ramapriya
    • Dr. Satyendra Sharma
  5. Science and Technology
    • Dr. Krishna Gazula
    • Dr. Bijoy Misra
  6. Economy and Politics
    • Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi
    • Mr. Raghavendra Sarangapurkar
    • Dr. Arun Karna
    • Ms. Bhavani Venkineni
    • Mr. Hardik Dixit
  7. Virtual India
    • Mr. Praveen Sahay
    • Dr. Krishna Gazula
    • Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi
    • Mr. Janmejay Shishupal
    • Mr. Jaspal Singh
    • Ms. Hardeep Mann
    • Dr(Ms.) Chandrika Govardhan
    • Ms. Radha Jalan
    • Dr(Ms.) Sonal Jhaveri
    • Mr. Chandramouli Subramanian
    • Dr. Kumar Nochur
    • Mr. Prem Nagar
    • Ms. Bhavani Venkineni
    • Dr. Deva Pattanayak
    • Dr. Hrushikesha Mohanty
    • Dr. Vasant Machwe
    • Ms. Sangeeta Prasad
    • Dr(Ms.). Rita Pande
    • Mr. Ram Gupta
  8. Research Help
    • Dr. Sajed Kamal
    • Ms. Rosie Kamal
    • Mr. Prabhulal Rathi
    • Mr. Mahendra Bakshi
    • Dr. Richard Meadow
    • Mr. Thomas Burke
    • Mr. John Featherstone
    • Ms. Diane Featherstone
    • Ms. Charlie Lindley
    • Mr. ChowChin Chung
    • Mr. Shekhar Shastri
    • Mr. Jayant Dave
    • Dr. R. Balachandra
    • Dr. C. Gopinath
    • Dr. Bhagwan Shahani
    • Mr. Giri Bharathan
    • Dr. K.L.Kodandapani
    • Mr. Alok De
    • Ms. Maya De
    • Mr. Tikam Matai
    • (Late) Mr. Moolraj Mathur
    • (Late) Dr. Niranjan Dudani
  9. IDC Object Essays
    • Mr. Amitava Ganguly
    • Mr. Ravi Khangai
    • Ms. Oyndrila Basu
    • Dr. Rahul Ray
    • Dr(Ms.) Monie Malhotra
    • Mr. Satish Dogra
  10. Organizational Help
    • Mr. Chandu Shah
    • Mr. Deepak Mondal
    • Mr. Maneesh Srivastava
    • Mr. Leo Rousseau
    • Mr. Amandeep Singh
    • Dr. Anil Saigal
    • Mr. Upendra Mishra
    • Mr. Siddhartha Pattanayak, Esq.

B. Financial Contributors

  1. Donors (within $1000)
    • Mr. Chandu Shah
    • Mr. Prem Nagar
    • Ms. Radha Jalan
    • Mr. Bharat and Mrs. Saroj Dave
    • Mr. Rohit Saini
    • Dr. Aniruddha Chitaley and Ms. Suzana Naik
    • Dr. Nannaji Saka,
    • Mr. Kaveesh Mishra
    • Dr. K.L. Kodandapani
    • Ms. Soumya Vemuri
    • Dr. Madhukar Shah
    • Ms. Srabonti Bandyopadhyay
    • Mr. V. Ramapriya
    • Dr. Rahul and Ms. Swapna Ray
    • Dr. C. and Ms. Nalini Gopinath
    • Mr. Siddhartha Pattanayak
    • Mr. Prabhulal Rathi
    • Mr. Amitava Ganguly
    • Dr(Ms.) Chandrika Govardhan
    • Ms. Bhavani Vankineni
    • Dr. Devanarayan Pattanayak
    • Mr. Pankaj Shah
    • Dr. Mahendra and Ms. Smita Patel
    • Mr. Amit Khare
    • Mr. Surendra Vaidya
    • Dr. Sajed and Rosie Kamal
    • Dr. Vasant Machwe
  2. Sponsors ($1000 or more)
    • Mr. Ram N and Ms. Meetu Gupta
    • Mr. Chandramouli and Ms. Bhavana Subbaraman
    • Dr. Umaballav and Dr. Shanti Mishra
    • Dr. Dinesh Shah
    • Mr. Mahendra S. Bakshi
    • Mr. Sarboday M. and Ms. Debashrita Misra
    • Dr. Ramaiya and Ms. Sharada Balachandra
    • Dr(Ms.). Gouri Datta
    • Swami Atmananda
    • Anonymous


“India, where words come out from the depth of truth, where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection…” – R. Tagore

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