I felt honored when Smithsonian selected some of my images for display at the Beyond Bollywood exhibition. In the process I also made some good friends, including Masum Momaya, the chief curator for this exhibition.
Smithsonian invited me to be part of the opening reception for this exhibition, on display at the most visited museum of Western hemisphere, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.
The title of this exhibition is as thought provoking as it is interesting. Most of Americans think of Bollywood when a mention of India is made. This exhibition intends to dig deeper, via images, to showcase that India and Indians have way more to share than Bollywood. Bollywood like cricket is an important part of Indian socio-economic life, but it is just one part.. The exhibition explores the heritage, daily experience, and the numerous and diverse ways in which Indian immigrants are contributing in shaping the United States. From astronauts to cab drivers, from hotel owners to Doctors and engineers, it is an interesting visual voyage of how Indians are contributing and becoming part of the social fabric in US. It also explores the challenges that the early migrants have faced in getting accepted and becoming US Citizens.
The reception opened with guests browsing through those images and other related displays. It was great to see some of my images on display which I share below. This was followed by a formal reception in the main rotunda hall with a big elephant display. The guests enjoyed some speeches along with some great food and drinks. Karsh Kale delighted the ambiance with mesmerizing music.
Sharing some images from this reception taken with my small Fuji camera.