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Posted on: February 10, 2020

New IAM Exhibition Highlights Indian Contributions to America

Bollywood Dancers, Arpana Dance Comapny, Irvine, CA, June 2010. Photo: John Merrelll

On Feb. 16, a new traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian opens at the Irving Archives and Museum (IAM), 801 W. Irving Blvd., that explores the Indian American experience and the community’s political, professional and cultural contributions to American life and history. "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" will run through April 11. 

From the builders of some of America’s earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. Today, one out of every 100 Americans traces his or her roots to India. "Beyond Bollywood" spotlights breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India that have become a central part of American culture. 

Special Event in February, March

The IAM with the ThinkIndia Foundation invites the community to immerse themselves in a special concurrent event, "India a la Art: A Culture Collective," that will run concurrently with the Smithsonian exhibit. All activities are free with museum admission. Activities include: 

  • 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 | Aroma & Mandala Art Therapies
  • 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 | Gentle Yoga and Therapeutic Movement
  • 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 | Chair Yoga for All
  • 1 p.m. Feb. 23 | Ayurveda for Modern Living
  • 3 p.m. Feb. 23 | Tips for Using Body and Breath to Self-Manage Mood and Stress
  • 11 a.m. Feb 29 | Integrating Daily Yoga for a Healthy Life
  • 3 p.m. Feb. 29 | Yogananda in America: A Guided Meditation
  • 4 p.m. Feb. 29 | Poetry for Creativity and Consciousness
  • 1 p.m. March 1 | A Journey of Introspection: Mudras in Motion
  • 3 p.m. March 1 | Improve Health and Lifestyle: Ancient and Modern Indian Food Techniques
  • 4:15 p.m. March 1 | Marma: Energy Healing Through Touch

Registration is required. Register online now.

New Hours

Beginning Feb. 16, the IAM’s operating hours are:

  • Wednesday 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Friday 12 - 5 p.m.; first Friday each month, 12 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.

Learn more at the IAM Facebook page and the IAM website.

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