Calcutta South India Club is one of Kolkata’s oldest and foremost associations. It was founded as far back as 1926 by some of the stalwarts of the then South Indian Community.
The Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman and the former President of India Dr.
Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan were the first and the second Presidents.
s The Club was intended to fulfill the social, cultural and recreational needs of the large number of South Indians who came to Kolkata for employment and education. The activities of the Club have progressively increased over the last eight decades.
The Club which was originally started in a rented premise in Bow Bazar Street was later shifted to a bigger rented accommodation near Deshapriya Park.
Now it is situated in its own building at 70B Hindusthan Park, Kolkata-700 029.
As on date, the membership is about 400. In the last eight decades the club has been a focal point for social , cultural and recreational activities of the members.
The membersare not only from all the South Indian states but also from West Bengal and other states in the north. Over the years , therefore , the club has developed a cosmopoliton charecter and is a favourite redezvous for the the nearby residents.
A substantial portion of the membership comprises persons belonging to transferable service who readily find a forum for their social and cultural activities during their period of stay in Kolkata. The working of the club is guided by egalitarian considerations and the facilities provided are within the reach of the middle income groups.
The activities of the Club are wide ranging and include indoor and outdoor games, reading room, library and periodical get-togethers for children as well as adults. Music competition, fancy dress competition, quiz programmes,etc are arranged by making use of talents available among members and their families. Encouragement is given to dramas staged by members.
The annual athletic meet where members and the families participate is a pleasant function which all members look forward to. Picnics are organized every year and here also there is large participation.The Ladies Wing is very active and the members meet regularly every Tuesday. Demonstrations are arranged on various items like cookery, health and medicine, domestic appliances, handicraft, cosmetics, etc.
They also have music Competitions, debates, talks and discourse. They organize functions for collection of funds for health and charity purposes. They also celebrate Pongal, Navrathri (Dussera), Onam and other festivals in the typical South Indian fashion.Free medical consultation is provided in the Club Dispensary to members and families under the guidance of specialist doctors, The Club arranges vaccinations, blood donation camps etc.
Regular Balavihar classes are held every week as also classes in music and dance in the Club by qualified teachers for the benefit of the children of members. Children's day is held periodically when children of various age groups are given opportunity to exhibit their talents. We have established an Educational Trust for providing scholarships to needy and meritorious students. It is our earnest desire to enlarge the corpus fund of the Trust and the Scope of educational assistance.
We have a subsidized canteen serving clean and wholesome and moderately priced food including South Indian delicacies which attract all the families in the neighbourhood.Though not in a gigantic Scale, the Club in its own humble way arranges entertainment programmes by professional artists in carnatic , light music and instrumental music, dance and drama for the benefit of our members and society at large. Among the galaxy of stars the Club has presented to the culturally vibrant Community of Kolkata in the past are top artistes like M.S. Subbulakshmi (Carnatic Music), Hemamalini (Dance), U Srinivas (Mandolin), Padma Subramaniam (Bharat Natyam), Hariharan (Ghazal), Cho Ramaswamy (Drama), Chittibabu (Veena), Kunnakudi Waidhyanathan (Violin), Y G Mahendra (Drama) etc.
Thus from small beginnings, the Calcutta South India Club has grown into a multifaceted organization fulfilling the vision of the illustrious founding members and presenting the tireless efforts of those who followed. The Club has completed of 85 years of services to the Society. It will be our endeavour to improve the quality and dimensions of this service.