The India School was founded in 1972 by Mrs. Darshan Krishna and her husband Dr. Raj Krishna.

It was established at a time when the number of South Asians in America was comparatively small and organizations, facilities that catered to the community were non-existent.

Over the years, besides offering classes, the School has presented concerts by renowned masters like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain and Kathak experts Sitara Devi and Uma Sharma. The School also hosted an exhibition titled "The Festival of India for Children" and exhibitions at the Washington DC Children's Museum.

The School's publications include "From Thames to Hooghly, Calcutta Heritage 1690 - 1990," edited by Raj Krishna, and a a newsletter titled "Highlights" containing news on arts, history, and letters of India, and a booklet titled "Introduction to Indian Music" was published on the occasion of a series of five lectures sponsored by India School Inc. and Strathmore Hall Art Center. The lecture series and booklet were made possible, in part, with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.