Promotes understanding and engages with communities to document the history, celebrate the heritage, preserve and share the contributions of Indian Americans to the building of America.













Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) along with Consulate General of India brought the fifth annual “Amazing India” cultural mela (festival) to Chicago’s Navy Pier’s Crystal Garden Feb. 15 The cold afternoon was warmed up with folk dances, music, arts activities, historic displays, mehndi (henna art) and tasty food. Consul General Ausaf Sayeed and IAHM President Tamara Biggs gave speeches at the event chaired by Amita Banerji, who made the opening remarks with master of ceremonies Maitreyee Angelo.

The dances included Bharatanatyam from Natya Dance Theatre and Soham Dance Space, Kathak by Indian Dance School, Mandala Folk Dance and Bollywood performances by Bollywood Groove and Chitrahaar Little Kids with audience participation. Subhasis Mukherjee (tabla) and Raja Deshmukh  (khol) collaborated in a percussion duo.

IAHM board member Dorothie Shah made closing remarks. Raja Nadimpalli served as stage manager, with technical assistance provided by Dhruv Mehta.

Indian Garden, Regal Traders and Sona Fashions offered food, clothing and artifacts for sale. Pallavi Rajwade offered mehndi, Santhigram Ayurvedic Wellness Spa provided information on its services, and India Dream Academy introduced their unique sports centered educational program.

IAHM mission is to preserve and promote understanding of history, diversity and culture of Indian Americans and to showcase their contributions and achievements. “Amazing India” is part of Navy Pier’s annual “Neighborhoods of the World” series that showcases Chicago’s exceptional ethnic diversity.


Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies.

WHEN: Sunday, March 29file-page1

2:00-5:00 PM

FREE event

WHERE: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University

40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Free Parking

WHAT: The Indo-American Heritage Museum welcomes friends to join a free

docent-guided tour of Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir

and Its Legacies. The exhibition features over sixty objects created

between the 8th and 16th centuries in the Kashmir Valley and western

Himalayas. Originally designed for religious purposes, these objects

are highly valued by westerners for their aesthetic merits. A parallel

exhibition: Collecting Cultures: Himalaya Through the Lens

documents the journey to America of many of these treasures.

Following exhibition tours, Professor Christian Wedemeyer, Associate

Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity

School, will discuss Arts of Tantric Buddhism.

Tour participants are invited to continue discussion over dinner ($25) at

Mt. Everest Restaurant, 630 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201


The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, the fine art museum of

Northwestern University, houses a rich and diverse permanent

collection and offers thought provoking exhibitions, dynamic programs,

and classical and contemporary film screenings at Block Cinema. The

Block Museum is a dynamic, imaginative teaching and learning

resource that aims to inspire a new generation of artists, scholars and

arts professionals.

Learn more at

The Indo-American Heritage Museum, is a non-profit organization

whose mission is to foster understanding of the diversity, history, and

culture of Indian Americans and to showcase their achievements and

contributions to the fabric of America. It conducts educational outreach

programs for K-12, university, and college students, as well as curious

adults. IAHM also conducts cultural flavors tours in the Indian American

ethnic neighborhood on Devon Avenue in Chicago, and tells the Indian

immigrant story at

INFO: For more  information, visit, or email



Marigold Merriment

Nov 9 at 2:30-5pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

An event to celebrate IAHM accomplishments, honor our supporters, and accept the donation of our first major artifact.

Join the IndoAm Heritage Board for an afternoon of music, dance, and celebration.

Make a splash by wearing your most vibrant marigold colors.



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IAHM programs are held at Chicago’s Indo-American Center at 6328 N. California Avenue, in the Indian-Pakistani business district along Devon Avenue. Visitors and volunteers engage in lively, interactive sessions and use the “living museum” of the ethnic market in an exploration of immigrant life.

The Museum is open by appointment between 10am and 5pm Monday, and Wednesday-Saturday. To make an appointment or request information on programs, email

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