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WASHINGTON, DC: The Smithsonian’s “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” exhibition is opening for the public this Thursday, February 27, as the historic institution’s first-ever gallery dedicated solely to the history of Indian immigration and its lasting cultural impact on the US.


The exhibit will run for one year at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, in the heart of Washington, DC. At Tuesday’s press event, curator Dr. Masum Momaya talked about how “Beyond Bollywood” came into being, explaining that the US National Archives have over 100 million artifacts within them, but none pertaining to the story of Indians in America.


“I want visitors to walk away with an understanding of the vast and deep contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in shaping US history,” said Momaya, adding later that although the exhibition highlights certain individual achievements of prominent desis, it is first and foremost meant to honor the overall impact of the Indian American community.


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Date added: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 2:30pm