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An Exhibition on Sikh Heritage in India

Indian Council for Cultural Relations in association with Consulate General of India Chicago, Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago and Office of Governor of the State of Illinois hosted a photo exhibition on Sikh Heritage in India at the atrium of The James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 from 9th September - 13th September 2013.
The photo artist Sondeep Shankar’s exhibition “ The Sikhs – A Heritage of Valour and Devotion” is a pioneering work which provides a glimpse of rich Sikh Heritage and traditions. The exhibition showcased the valuable Sikh Heritage to devotees and admirers alike.
Sikhism established in the 15th century, is just over 500 years old religion. Its teachings are founded in philosophy of humanism, pluralism, universal brotherhood etc. Guru Nanak Devji was the first Sikh Guru, born in 1469.He was followed by nine Gurus whose descendants and close followers are spread in large numbers across the world. There are approximately 700,000 Sikh Americans in the United States Of America including thousands in the state of Illinois.The exhibition was also held at the Oak Creek Gurudwara in Milwaukee in Wisconsin and in the Gurudwara in Lansing in Michigan.


Eye on India is a fabulous six week festival held in the month of June/July at venues throughout the Chicagoland area. Eye on India helps the Chicagoans explore and experience Indian culture through a variety of interactive presentations and performances including literature, music, dance, and food from India. It showcases India's cultural and literary pride through interactions with some of the foremost exponents of Indian literature and music. The information on 2013 ‘Eye on India ‘festival can be found here:

 Swami Vivekananda Chair at University of Chicago, Illinois

The University of Chicago established a new visiting professorship in Indian studies, supported by a $1.5 million gift from India’s Ministry of Culture. The chair, which commemorates the legacy of the Hindu spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, will enrich the University’s renowned program for the study of the Indian subcontinent and further research and teaching of India’s history and culture.
The gift supports the establishment of the Indian Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Visiting Professorship. The one-quarter visiting professorship will be given to distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines with an interest in the fields of study most relevant to the teachings and philosophies of the Swami, such as Indian philosophy, politics and social movements. The professorship, which the Division of the Humanities will administer, includes a teaching commitment as well as an annual public lecture.
 The University of Chicago is home to a rich array of resources for the study of the Indian subcontinent. Currently, more than 60 faculty members are engaged in the study of South Asian history, culture and language. The University offers instruction in nine modern and two classical Indian languages, including advanced instruction in less commonly taught languages such as Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu.

 Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence

Government of India has signed an MOU with prestigious Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) for “Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence” . India will give $500,000 to AIC to conduct “Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence” under which AIC will work with India Government to impart a broad range of knowledge on modern operations of museums like conservation, planning of exhibitions, etc., for a four year period.
AIC is also planning to spend a part of the amount in planning of exhibitions and conservation techniques. Chicago already has a Swami Vivekananda Way, a 10-feet bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, and a bronze plaque in AIC to commemorate Swami Vivekananda historic address in that building. 
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