ICC hosts an array of cultural events that inform and connect the community through shared experiences.  
 
Upcoming events:

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06/23/21

Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, Book Launch

 

ICC is coming to Rye for an in-person event that will also be broadcast on Zoom, to get the lowdown from Alka Joshi on her second novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur.

 

To celebrate the launch of her second novel, Alka Joshi fans can join ICC and the Rye Free Reading Room for a pre-interview reception.  Thank you to Cap, Cork & Cellar of Greenwich for hosting a tasting of drinks and cocktails that pair with Indian street food from India Avenue.

A conversation between Alka Joshi and author, screenwriter, and Manhattanville MFA faculty member Sharbari Ahmed will stream live on Zoom and at Rye Free Reading Room.  

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is the story of Malik, Henna artist Laksmi's protege. It is 1969.  Laksmi arranges for Malik to apprentice at the Jaipur Royal Palace which is working on a state-of-the-art cinema.  On opening night, the cinema's balcony collapses. Malik suspects that there are dark secrets behind the cover-up and sets out to untangle a web of lies.  

 

Alka Josh moved to the US from Rajasthan when she was nine.  She graduated from Stanford University and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts.  Her debut novel, The Henna Artist, was a Reese Book Club pick and NYTimes bestseller.  A TV series of The Henna Artist starring Frieda Pinto is in development.

 

Sharbari Ahmed, a Bangladeshi American writer is known for being a writer on the ABC show Quantico. Her debut novel Dust Under Her Feet explored race, class, women, and India's role in WWII during the end of the British Rajin Calcutta.  

6:15 PM Reception 

Rye Free Reading Room

1061 Boston Post Road, Rye
7:00 PM Zoom

Free; Registration Required

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07/17/21

Passport to India:  A Cultural Experience for Kids

 

Calling future global citizens.  India Cultural Center and the Rye Free Reading Room invite you to an experiential journey to the largest democracy in the world:  India!  Grab your passport to food tasting, dance, henna, books, and much more and discover India in Rye. 

Space is limited and registration is required.  To apace visitors, three one-hour sessions are being offered:  10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm.  When you register,  choose ONE session only and register with the TOTAL number of people attending in your party. In case of rain, your registration will be transferred to our Raindate: July 24th for the same time slot.

Rain date 07/24/21

10:30 am to 1:30 pm 

Rye Free Reading Room

Village Green

1061 Boston Post Road, Rye

Free; Registration Required

Registration to come
 
 
 
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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

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Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.

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HINDI 1: Beginner

Grades K-1

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 9 AM

For children new to Hindi or who have taken one session.  Class time will be split between conversation and nursery rhymes; and, reading and writing Hindi letters.  Students will learn Hindi Varnamala (letters), how to sign their names, basic vocabulary and common greetings and phrases. 50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6. 

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HINDI 2:  Advanced Beginner

Grades 1-3

Nandita Sinha

Sunday 10 PM

For students who have at leats two session of Hindi, have been exposed to Hindi at home, and/or have a basic knowledge of Hindi greetings.  Students will be introduced to listening and conversation.  They will learn Hindi phonetics, vocabulary, writing their names and vowels, pronunciation, basic conversation and grammar.  50 minutes. 

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 3: Intermediate

Grades 1-4

Vaishali Akole

Sunday 11 AM

For children who have taken Advanced Beginner Hindi for at least one year and are ready to begin speaking short sentences.    Children will build on their understanding of phoenetics and vocabularly  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Hindi 4: Advanced Intermediate

Grades 2+

Vaishali Akole

Sunday Noon

For children who have taken Intermediate Hindi for a least one year, have taken three years of Hindi, or can understand and speak simple sentences. The emphasis of the class is to build a more detailed understanding of phonetics and vocabulary. Children will learn to increase their ability to read and write two or three letter words. Through conversation and role playing they will gain greater confidence speaking with Hindi-speaking family members and transacting with merchants.  50 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 6.

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Rubik's Cube:  Beginners

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Over 350 million cubes have challenged millions of kids and adults since the Rubik's Cube was invented 50 years ago.  Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will take a step-by-step approach and teach students the art of solving Rubik's Cube. By the end of the session, students will be able to solve the cube and perform basic tricks and patterns on the cube. Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav and break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  They should not play with the cube or attempt to solve the cube before the first class.

Enrollment limited to 15.

Cube.jpeg

Rubik's Cube:  Intermediate

Grades 3-7

Aarav Yadav and Ryan Kovacs

Sunday, 10:00 AM

For kids who can solve Rubik's Cube, Aarav Yadav, ICC’s Rubik Cube wizard will teach kids how to solve the cube in less time with the aim of solving the cube in under 2 minutes. 

Ryan Kovacs, also a cuber, will work with Aarav to break kids into smaller groups. 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Kids will need a standard 3x3 cube.  

Enrollment limited to 15.

IMG_2103_edited.jpg

Ultimate STEM 

Grades 1-2

Amanda Sackey

Sunday 11 AM

No prior classes required.  This special STEM curriculum for chilldren in grades 1 and 2 is written and taught by a popular Rye Country Day science teacher.  It is designed to maximize inquiry and exploration using materials that are easily attainable from home.  Challenged with mini weekly projects, students will work individually and collaboratively to create, test, and problem solve, and they will collect citizen science data in their neighborhoods.  45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

Ramayana.jpg

Ramayana Storytime

Grades 1-2

Akruti Babaria

Sunday Noon

Back by popular demand, take a journey through one of the biggest Indian epics: Ramayana. Akruti shares the story of Ramayana as a read-a-loud, story-telling enactment and live interactive chat  Kids will prepare for a short performance at the end.  If parents would like to order Ramayana, Akruti will be reading from A Treasury of Ramayana Stories, an illustrated children's book that can be ordered from Kulture Khazana.  (Use Code ICC and ICC will receive 20% of all sales from Kulture Khazana).  Note:  Ramayana will be treated as a story and not as a religious text.  Illustrations are nonviolent. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Creative Writing with Veera Hiranandani

Grades 4-8

Veera Hiranandani

Tuesday, 4:00 PM  FIVE WEEK CLASS:  Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3

Join Veera Hiranandani in a five-week virtual creative writing class for fourth through eighth graders. Veera's Young Adult book about Partition, "The Night Diary" was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2019 and is written in the form of a young girl's diary who journeys from her home in Pakistan to India during Partition. Through writing prompts, discussion, and sharing our writing in an encouraging and creative atmosphere, students will learn how to mix fact with fiction and get to the heart of the stories they want to tell. 45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 8.

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Investigations in Math 2-3

Grades 2-3

Alissa Helgesen

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Building upon grade level skills, students will extend their conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative inquiries. Students will use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-life problems involving mathematics. Concepts covered will include number fluency, pattern investigation, shape and space analysis, estimation, probability, and more!   45 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 10.

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Mock Math Olympiad

Grades 4-5

Alissa Helgesen

Thursday 4 PM

Kids have fun building upon the foundational concepts taught in school by learning problem-solving techniques used in competition style math. They will gain confidence and fluency in their understanding of mathematical concepts as they develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills while working collaboratively in breakout groups.  Kids will participate in timed mock Math Olympiad competitions.  60 minutes.

Enrollment limited to 15.