Our Indian community
We have lots of cultures and faiths living happily side-by-side in Wales, including a vibrant Indian community, mostly in our larger cities. There is a significant Indian community in Wales, since the early 19th Century. represented by an Honorary Consul (appointed following discussions between the First Minister and the then Indian Minister for State for External Affairs in Delhi in 2012).
The India Centre HCA Wales - Hindu Cultural Association is a charitable trust whose aim is to facilitate seamless integration of the Indian Community to the wider local community in south Wales. All are encouraged to attend who wish to learn, understand, and participate in their activities. The members & non-members attend weekly/monthly services and are from various ethnic origins such as India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA and the United Kingdom.
The HCA also organises group visits across UK, enlightening talks from well-known speakers, Bhajan, Kirtan, Satsang and other programmes which are listed on their events page.
The Hindu Council of Wales (HCW), an organisation to promote Hindu culture, religion and values was set formed and officially launched in 2013. It provides the thousands of Hindus in Wales with "one voice" to promote a better understanding of the culture. There are temples and groups all across Wales with the highest number of Hindus being in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham in that order.
India Dance Wales is Wales' premier professional Indian Dance company and has been enchanting audiences with the art of Classical Indian Dance since 1983. India Dance Wales specialises in the Classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, one of the most dynamic and internationally popular styles of Indian Dance.
Indian artists in Cardiff make sculptures for the Bengali community’s holy festival of Durga Puja festival every year. These have been on display at the Cardiff Story Museum in the city centre and were worshipped by the Bengali community at Penyhreol Hall in Caerphilly.
We also have to mention the influence Indian food and produce has had on Wales. Indian food is now one of Wales’ most-loved cuisines, As well as having Indian restaurants in every town and City it is also easy to find Indian influenced food and spices in our major supermarkets and grocery stores.
On our Cultural links page you can find out more about how the Indian community in Wales is thriving and how Diwali is not just Hindu festival, but a celebration of Wales and India.