South Asia in NYC


India China Institute at The New School
Established in 2005, the India China Institute’s (ICI) objective is to teach and explore new research and to provide opportunities for both The New School and our international network of innovative scholars, leaders and opinion-makers to engage in critical inquiries involving China, India and the United States. Within the past decade ICI has been successful in the promotion of the academic and public understanding on these issues through providing research and scholarship opportunities through fellowships, courses, publications, public lectures and conferences.

South Asia Institute at Columbia University
The South Asia Institute (SAI) coordinates activities at Columbia University that relate to study of the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Institute organizes conferences, seminars, exhibits, films, lecture series and brown bag talks that bring together faculty and undergraduate and graduate students with diverse interests and backgrounds. SAI partners with departments, centers, and institutes at Columbia, and works with South Asia groups on campus and off, in order to reach new audiences and facilitate an exchange of knowledge. The Institute has ties with the United Nations, the diplomatic community, and international agencies; and is located within the largest South Asian community in North America.


We provide a safe environment for Nepali community members to convene, creatively problem solve and share victory stories. This has become especially critical for women and youth who are too often left out of the conversation in mainstream Nepali groups. In December 2009, Adhikaar moved to its current location, a wheelchair accessible space that is conveniently located near subways and bus, and at the heart of where our members live, shop, worship and socialize.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

Indo-Caribbean Alliance
Our mission is to unify and advance Indo-Caribbean and South Asian interests by fostering joint and collaborative actions among different peoples, organizations and businesses.  With a booming population, especially in New York City, we act as a liaison and an advocate to government agencies, elected officials and other non-profit organizations to create specialized educational, arts and social service programs.

National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO)
The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations is a network of community-based organizations that believe in common principles related to social change, and that provide services to, work with, convene, organize and advocate for South Asians in the United States. SAALT currently coordinates the National Coalition.

Sakhi: For South Asian Women (advocacy/social services)
Sakhi unites survivors of violence, communities, and institutions to prevent and end domestic violence in the South Asian community in New York City.

South Asia Solidarity Initiative
South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI) is an organization based in the United States that is in solidarity with progressive social movements and democratic politics in South Asia.


Asian American Writer’s Workshop
Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans–in other words, we’re the preeminent organization dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told.

Bose Pacia
Bose Pacia
is a contemporary art gallery based in New York City.
Jiva Performing Arts
Jiva Performing Arts exists to promote and preserve the classical arts of India, specifically Indian classical music and dance. Jiva was formed in 2007 in New York City. Through innovative performances, classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and a strong arts-in-education base, we strive to encourage the growth of the classical arts of India in the US. We create engaging and rich performances, which employ modern media including film, photography and spoken word, as well as dialoging with world music and dance genres, thereby increasing the appreciation and accessibility of these timeless arts.

Navatman, Inc was founded with an eye on creating a sustainable home for the South Asian arts in New York City and its surrounding neighborhoods, particularly emphasizing Indian classical music and dance. We are a game-changing organization dedicated to creating ground-breaking work in the South Asian classical performing arts in the areas of education, performance, and production.

Aicon Gallery
Aicon Gallery’s vision begins in the Indian Subcontinent but reaches outwards internationally from there. The two gallery spaces are located in New York and London, and each provides a unique platform for Indian and Pakistani artists to exhibit in the United States and Europe.

The Indo-American Arts Council
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.

South Asia Women’s Creative Collective
The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) has served South Asian women since 1997 and has earned a reputation for showcasing cutting-edge work that deals intelligently with issues of gender and cultural representation.

Talwar Gallery
Talwar Gallery is a contemporary art gallery focusing on artists from the Indian Subcontinent and its Diaspora. Underlying the gallery vision is the belief that the artist is geographically located not the art. Talwar New York was launched in September 2001 and Talwar New Delhi opened in 2007. Deepak Talwar, founder of Talwar Gallery, has been working with contemporary artists from India since 1996.

sepiaEYE is dedicated to showing a spectrum of modern and contemporary photography and video work from Asia. Established in September 2009 by Esa Epstein, sepiaEYE will continue to foster artist development through exhibitions, publications, trade fairs, and festivals.


The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.

The Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Nayi Dishaa
is devoted to bringing awareness to issues related to development in South Asian and African subcontinent, as well as in the United States. We are dedicated to promoting dialogue and discussion among students, researchers, educators, and activists in the field.


SAJA—South Asian Journalists Association
SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, is one of the most dynamic journalism organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in March 1994 with 18 members, today it connects and serves more than 1,000 journalists at news outlets, big and small.

South Asian Bar Association of New York
Founded in 1996, the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) is an organization of South Asian attorneys practicing in the New York City metropolitan region. SABANY is dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of lawyers of South Asian heritage. We are committed to promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, advocacy, and mentoring.

Muslim Bar Association of New York
The Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY) is a member-driven bar association open to any interested lawyer or law student. MuBANY was created in 2006 to serve the educational, professional, and social needs of Muslim legal professionals and law students living and working in the New York metropolitan area.