Past Events

"BHARATHI: MY MOTHER" A fundraiser for IAHM and "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation"
May 14, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Rd, Lemont, IL 60439

The Indo-American Heritage Museum is proud to announce a special Natya Dance Theatre benefit performance of “Bharathi: My Mother.”  Choreographed by Hema Rajagopalan, the performance celebrates the contributions India has made to our global culture.

The upcoming Smithsonian exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation explores the Indian-American experience and the community’s vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history.  IAHM, in partnership with the Field Museum, will augment the Smithsonian’s national narrative with the Chicagoland chapter of the Indian American story.  The exhibition will be held at the Field Museum from July 29, 2017 to January 7, 2018. This fundraiser will support IAHM in its celebration of Chicagoland’s Indian American life.

Don’t miss this exciting performance!  Get tickets here.



Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.  The exhibition is co-presented in Chicago by The Field Museum and the Indo-American Heritage Museum.

This exhibition is generously supported by The Chicago Community Trust.

Unstitched: The Art of Sari Draping
April 23, 2017, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Ashton Place, 341 75th Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527

IAHM is honored to present RTA KAPUR CHISTI, renowned textile designer and sari historian, in…

The Art of Sari Draping

Talk, Demo & Fashion Show

Morning cocktails before a lunch buffet

Tickets: $35

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Unbroken Glass
February 18, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Siskel FIlm Center, North State Street, Chicago, IL 60603

IAHM Celebrates Indian American Creativity

“Unbroken Glass,” Dinesh Sabu Director

Saturday, February 18

Welcome 3:00pm

Screening 3:30pm

followed by Q & A with Director Dinesh Sabu

and Indo-American Heritage Museum Hosted Reception

Purchase $8:00 Admission Tickets Until February 13
from IAHM Click Here

Jazz by the Lake
September 18, 2016, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mary Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208-2405

VijayIyer LARGEFareedHaque LARGEAcclaimed jazz pianist and MacArthurFellowship awardee Vijay Iyer will be inducted into the Indo-American Heritage Museum Hall of Fame at the event. The afternoon will feature performances by Iyer and by Chicago’s own guitar virtuoso, Fareed Haque. VIP tickets include an exclusive post-concert Meet the Artists reception. 
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February 7, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Swedish American Museum, 5211 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

Indira Johnson

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Join the Indo-American Heritage Museum to celebrate the creativity of wife and husband artists Indira and Karl Johnson in “Migrating Visions”. Indira’s roots in India emerge in sculptural forms utilizing recycled materials to address issues of permanence and decay, strength and vulnerability. With roots in Sweden, Karl incorporates the rhythm and beauty, chaos and inconsistencies of dynamic systems found in nature in multilayered designs. Lise Mckean, an art curator who incorporates interests in anthropology, activism and South Asia in her work, will moderate a discussion with the artists.

Karl Johnson (

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The celebration will feature performers from Mandala Performing Arts and Nordic Folk Dancers as well as Indian American snacks and Swedish sweets.

Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased on the Swedish American Museum’s website: or at the door.

Street parking is free on Sunday.

“Migrating Visions” exhibition: January 15 – March 26.






IAHM’s programs showcase Indian American talent in all arenas, including dance, music, film, theater, photography, science and literature.

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