Our History

Founded out of a concern for the welfare and care of a fellow Indian Cultural Artiste back in 1964, founders Bisram Gopie and Narsaloo Ramaya met with Educators and activist Moean Mohammed, Farzan Ali and Baldeo Maharaj to conceptualize an organization which could serve East Indian Cultural Artists as well as promote East Indian Culture in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Following a meeting held on July 19th 1964, the National Council for Indian Music and Drama (NCIMD) was established and Shri Bisram Gopie was elected its first president

The NCIMD became an architect of the development of Indian culture and supported many competitions and cultural activities. 

The Naparima Bowl, Skinner Park, and the Himalaya Club became popular venues for activities. Amongst them, the annual Indian High Commission Challenge Trophy for Classical Singing and the Prime Minister’s Trophy for Orchestration. 

As the mandate for the organization evolved, there was an evolving need for a more holistic and all-embracing vision for the organization. As such in 1970 after an election, a new President was inaugurated. 

Mr. Hans Hanoomansingh was elected as President in 1970. Mr. Hanoomansingh oversaw the change of the name of the organization to the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) and the drafting and implementation of a new consititution which still holds today. 

The NCIC has now been in existence for over 54 years and is recognised by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago as a leading East Indian cultural organisation in the country. As a Non Governmental Organization, the NCIC is pleased to continue to promote and support culture in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the region by continuing to facilitate cultural and educational events. Promote diversity and understanding within our society and lead the charge in cultural education and promotion.