IAA Celebrates Silver Jubilee in 2018

It all started in 1993 with a handful of people who believed Indian arts deserve to be presented in the same style and grandeur as the mainstream arts. These people knew they were in unchartered waters, had modest resources, but they were willing to do whatever it takes to make their dream come true.

And, so Indo-American Association (IAA) began its journey in 1993 with a capital of $2,000 donated by eight individuals– Mushtaq Azad, Sudhir Bhutani, Maqbool Haq, Raj Bhalla, Yash Dhir, Brij Bansal, Jody Bansal, Hari Dayal.

The reception from the Indian community was one of skepticism and cynicism. The viability of the newborn IAA was questioned and the pundits gave the organization six months tops!

Undeterred by the odds, IAA moved on, pushing the stated mission of promoting cultural arts of India in the American context. Happily, IAA has accomplished all it envisioned and then some. IAA is today respected in the arts community of Houston at par with mainstream arts organization. In its twenty-fiveyear journey,in over 200 concerts IAA has presented ‘who is who’ of Indian arts in multiple disciplines of music, dance, drama, and literature at mainstream Theater District venues of Houston.

IAA Board is genuinely proud of the organization’s accomplishments and feels this calls for celebration. So, 2018 is dedicated as the year of Silver Jubilee celebrations.

IAA will kick off the year with a two-day event Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1, the first day dedicated to a grand concert and the second to a Gala Dinner with an honored guest.

Mark your calendars, March 31/April 1, and join the Celebration!!

 

The Indo-American Association (IAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 to promote cultural arts of Indian subcontinent in the American context. Our events are targeted at multi-cultural audiences. Membership in IAA is open to anyone who shares the goals of the organization. IAA programming and audience have grown with each passing year. IAA is today regarded a first-rate cultural arts organization by Indo-Americans as well as by mainstream Americans.