The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is planning the opening of its exhibition, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” for later this year.
The exhibition will bring to life the rich history of immigrants from India and Indian Americans in the United States and detail their many contributions to America.
Through a collection of photographs, artifacts, videos, interactive stations and stories, visitors will learn about the Indian American experience and the many dynamic roles they have played in shaping American society and culture.
“Beyond Bollywood” is scheduled to open in late 2013, and it will occupy more than 5000 square feet of space at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Over a two-year period the exhibition is expected to draw more than seven million visitors before embarking on a national tour in 2015.
“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” is the largest project undertaken by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in its 15-year history, and the first to focus on Indian American culture.
“‘Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation’ is a project of monumental significance to our community and TV Asia,” H.R. Shah, chairman and CEO of TV Asia, media sponsor for the exhibit, stated in a press release. “As a media sponsor we are honored and excited to be a part of this program.”
“There is still some public perception that we as Indian Americans are foreigners or outsiders in the United States,” said Masum Momaya, curator of the exhibition.
“But history shows the opposite is true. We’ve been here since the earliest days of the nation and had our hands in building it to what it is today—politically, professionally and culturally.”