Washington: In a first of its kind expo in the US, a prestigious museum in Washington is organising an exhibition to showcase the history, culture and contribution of Indian-Americans community in the country.
The exhibition, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation," will bring to life the rich history of immigrants from India and Indian Americans in the US and detail their many contributions to America, the prestigious Smithsonian Museum said.
Scheduled to open in late 2013, "Beyond Bollywood" it will occupy more than 5,000 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. "The Indian American story has yet to be fully told," said Konrad Ng, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
It 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.
"Visitors of all ages will leave the exhibition with a deeper understanding of this vibrant community as they strive to realize life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in America. This exhibition is about celebrating a community that embodies the American spirit," Konrad said.
Masum Momaya, curator of the exhibition said that there is still some public perception that Indian Americans are foreigners or outsiders in the United States.
"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," Momaya said.
In a statement, Smithsonian Institute said that it has tied up with TV Asia, the popular Indian American channel, which is celebrating its 20thyear.
'Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation' is a project of monumental significance to our community and TV Asia," said H R Shah, chairman and CEO of TV Asia.

"As a media sponsor we are honored and excited to be a part of this program," he said. "By partnering with TV Asia, we have taken an important step in increasing the public's knowledge and understanding of this exhibition," Konrad said.
"TV Asia connects to the Indian American community day in and day out," Momaya said.
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, Smithsonian Museum said.


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