Culture Goes Live
- With India's growing economic and political clout, foreign cultural institutes in Delhi are revving up their activities and vying with each other to woo students and professionals
- Japan, France and Italy are among the most active and successful; the Iranians also attract crowds with their film club and Persian language classes.
- The British Council's main attractions are its excellent library and English language courses.
- The American Center and Russian Cultural Centre have both fallen behind. The odd splash apart, marked by lacklustre programmes, which have few takers among Delhi's culturati
***As our palates get more adventurous, our tastes run towards cultural exotica and our passports fill up with seals in a Babel of scripts, so too do the foreign cultural centres escalate their activities in a bid to woo India's brave new middle class.
Turn to the listings page in any magazine and you'll see...