Past Events

Chicago Climate Change Project Research Report
July 20, 2011, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Indo-American Center, 6328 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL


The West Ridge community’s eco-friendly practices and awareness of individual responsibility were the highlights of the report on Chicago Climate Action Plan Research conducted by the Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) in conjunction with Field Museum’s Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation.  The neighborhood was selected through IAHM’s affiliation with the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Presentations by  Ryan Hollon of the Environment, Culture, and Conservation Department at the Field Museum and IAHM volunteers, Rima Mukherjee, Nafisa and Mannan Bandukwala, Robert Langston and Lakshmi Menon informed the audience about the concerns, challenges and practices of residents of the IAHM/IAC neighborhood who were interviewed regarding environmental issues.
For more information about the report click here.

In the audience were participants in the Indo-American Center Seniors’ program, many of whom had been interviewed in connection with the project, and appreciated being informed about the results of the interviews.  Abdul Kalam essay contest winners Sathvika Ashokkumar, Vinod Punyani, and Shivankar Raghu and their families were also in attendance and presented summaries of their winning entries.


“Amazing India”
February 6, 2011, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

Amazing India Poster

IAHM opened Chicago’s Ethnic Neighborhood Festival at Navy Pier on February 6, chasing away the winter doldrums with a lively afternoon of music, dance, food and much more. Every Sunday from noon to 5pm until April 3, 2011 Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods celebrated their cultures with food, vendors, entertainment and activities.

“Amazing India” was held in collaboration with the Consulate General of India and area community organizations. Our very own Alisa Pierson and Bindu Ganga were emcees for the day.

Talking About... Identity
October 7, 2010, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Maori Gallery, Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

A cross-cultural discussion in partnership with the Cambodian American Heritage Museum. Participants viewed a thought-provoking exhibit by Kip Fulbeck: Part Asian, 100% HAPA at the Field Museum and engaged in a discussion on identity in America.

"Salaam India"
September 24, 2010, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077

In association with Vachikam, IAHM was thrilled to present the play “Salaam India” at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL on September 24, 2010.  Inspired by Pavan Varma’s book “Being Indian,” the production delighted audience members, who were treated to an exclusive presentation of a show which has received rave reviews and filled many theaters across India.

Directed by veteran actress Lushin Dubey, and with music composed by Louiz Banks, the play infused theatrical drama with comedy and enrapturing dance performances as four actors and eight dancers collaborated to portray sixteen different characters. Arranged in four-part vignettes, the play presents several compelling stories about contemporary life in India, exploring various pressing subjects from regional strife and dowry disputes to the progress of technology in a traditional society. In one humorous anecdote, characters in the play hotly debated what the national dish of India should be, only to agree that no one dish can represent India’s vast diversity! The outcome was a charming, smartly crafted story which took a lighthearted approach to the contradictions, joy, humor, hope and aspirations in the lives of these unique characters.

The play was in English and Hindi and ideally suited to the bilingual audience. Our sincere thanks to all of those who attended the evening’s performance, and to Vachikam for donating a significant portion of the proceeds to benefit IAHM’s mission.


IAHM's first 2010 fundraiser: "Spring Into Comedy"
April 8, 2010, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Hermann Hall, 300 S Federal Street, Chicago, IL 60616


The responses ranged from knowing chuckles to tears-streaming-down-the-face laughter during the Indo-American Heritage Museum’s “Spring Into Comedy”fundraiser at IIT’s Hermann Hall on April 18, 2010.

True to its mission which includes promoting
Indian American artistic expression, the museum featured stand-up comedians Dan Nainan and Vidur Kapur who regaled an audience of more than 350 with their interpretations of the attitudes, lifestyles and cultural practices of Indian Americans.

Relive the laughter and view highlights from the evening on YouTube. Watch Dan and Vidur; and then more from Vidur.

The event was co-chaired by Indo-American Heritage Museum (IAHM) board members Prem Sharma and Ebin Ephrem and organized to raise awareness and mobilize support for the museum, the first institution of its kind in the country.

“Spring Into Comedy” was hardly a typical community fundraiser.  It was light on speeches and light-hearted in tone, an evening when a diverse group of people forged a bond over shared laughter.  While emcee Kamal Hansexpertly guided the course of the program, IAHM president Jagriti Ruparel spoke of the origins of the museum in early 1990’s activities at the Indo-American Center. She invited the community to help IAHM document and preserve Indian immigrant history and celebrate Indian American achievements.  Board secretary Bindu Ganga highlighted IAHM programs which instill pride in heritage and provide information about Indian American culture to the wider society.  Board members Ami Shah and Ebin Ephrem brought the evening to a close with a salute to the hardworking team of volunteers whose efforts had led to a successful evening.


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

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