Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” | Arts | Indy Week

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Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation”

When: Oct. 29-April 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2017

STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: INDIAN AMERICANS SHAPE THE NATION

The Western world has tended to view Indian Americans from the same broad, often clichéd perspective as it views Bollywood cinema: as exotic, somehow existing outside of, or incompatible with, the American experience. By examining the history of generations of Indian immigrants to the U.S. as they assimilated into a new homeland, as well as Indian Americans' contributions to American life—musical, political, culinary, scholarly, sporting, and cultural—this exhibit reframes the notion of what it means to be an Indian American. The artifacts range from images of nineteenth-century Indian railroad workers and anti-Hindu propaganda to twentieth-century small-town life and today's Silicon Valley. This traveling exhibition under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution makes its first stop in Raleigh, where it will stay until April 2017, for a reason; the Wake County Indian-American community was instrumental in bringing Beyond Bollywood here and will bolster the offerings with programs that delve deeper into the subject at hand. —David Klein

CITY OF RALEIGH MUSEUM, RALEIGH
Various times, free, www.cityofraleighmuseum.org

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