WelcomeThe Deutsch-Indische Kulturgesellschaft Tübingen e.V. (DIKG) was founded in 1983 by a group of people interested in India. It is the aim of this non-profit organization to foster cultural exchange between the Indian subcontinent and Germany and thereby increase international understanding.
We would like to advance this cultural exchange by organizing cultural performances for the audience in Tübingen and surrounds. This gives people the opportunity to get to know Indian culture or simply enjoy it.
The encounter with Indian culture has left lasting impressions on poets, philosophers and scientists - Novalis, Hermann Hesse, Heinrich Heine, Max Müller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Jean Paul and Werner von Heisenberg to name but a few.
Some further examples show how Indian culture has advanced into our daily lives, e.g. yoga courses, Indian religiosity and meditation, ayurvedic medicine and even Indian cooking.
Any person travelling to India today has an impression of India which is influenced by two centuries of European culture. Especially Tübingen with its university can claim to have a longstanding tradition of scientific exchange with India. Rudolf von Roth was appointed for the new Chair for Sanskrit in 1856, which further developed to todays Department of Indology and Comparative Religion. As Head of the university library, he laid the foundation of the collection of south asian scripture, which is known internationally today. Celebrated scholars like Richard Garbe, Helmuth von Glasenapp and Paul Thieme followed. Hermann Gundert und Ferdinand Kittel, innately missionaries, pioneered Dravidian linguistics in Tübingen (Malayalam, Kannada).
ActivitiesThe DIKG has organized a great number of concerts, dance acts and talks, as well as a number of workshops. We have been able to win over Indian performers of international acclaim for performances in Tübingen. We can name instrumentalists such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, Ustad Ziya Mohiuddin Dagar, Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri, Partho Chatterjee, Ken Zuckerman, Shalil Shankar, Dhruba Gosh and Nayan Gosh.
Some of these performances were organized in collaboration with the Seminar of Indology and the Institute of Musical Sciences of the University of Tübingen. One example is the Tübingen Symposium "Indian Music in Germany, Present and Future" held in 1997.
Our largest performance to date was held in 1992 during the country-wide Indian Arts Festival in a collaboration with the House of Cultures in Berlin and the City of Tübingen. The festival saw the likes of Gangubai Hangal, Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Jaffar Hussain Khan, Narayan Mallik, Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha, N. Ravikiran perform, with the highlight being the world renowned Odissi dance ensemble of Kelucharan Mohapatra.
What we doWe would like to stress that all organizational duties are performed by our members on a voluntary basis. Government funding for cultural performances is dropping, so that it is becoming increasingly difficult to organize events without a financial loss. We cannot increase entrance fees arbitrarily. We are thus increasingly dependent on donations and further membership fees to enable us to continue our cultural work.
What you can doPlease support us in our effort of increasing intercultural exchange! If you are interested in our work or would like to contribute actively, you can contact us via our e-Mail form .
Our concerts on YouTube:
Tagorelieder 18.5.2010 (Shirshendu Mukherjee, Souvik Datta, Rathin Chattopadhyay): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7F7F08KRtg