Indian American Jazz Artists Create Their Own Sound

Feb 1, 2012

by Pawan Dhingra I once saw Ravi Coltrane play in a small club in New York City, about 15 years ago. I knew he was John Coltrane’s son and I thought it interesting that he had an Indian first name. I learned soon after that he was named after Ravi Shankar. John Coltrane had a […]

Culture Sampling: South Asian Hip-Hop Concert Celebrates Desi Artists

Oct 18, 2011

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="Painting by Art Under Pressure, commissioned by Subcontinental Drift and acquired by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program for "Drift Elemental," D.C.'s first South Asian hip-hop show, 9-23-11."][/caption] by Aditya Desai The District’s cultural nerve center in the U Street corridor was host to a South Asian hip-hop concert last month, […]

SALGA Artifacts Acquired

Sep 14, 2011

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="143" caption="SALGA Postcard"][/caption] Through the joint efforts of the Asian Pacific American Program’s HomeSpun Project and the National Museum of American History (NMAH), The South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) recently donated a variety of materials to the Archives Center, NMAH, Smithsonian Institution. Founded in 1991, SALGA is a New York […]

Reflections on 9/11

Sep 9, 2011

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Sikh Americans in Chicago after 9/11. Photo from"][/caption] by Pawan Dhingra It is impossible to tell “The Story” of 9/11 for the nation or even for a single community. Yet, given HomeSpun’s role as helping tell the stories of Indian Americans, it is important to give voice to some part […]

Dalip Singh Saund Artifacts Acquired

Aug 17, 2011

by Ted Young (Summer 2011 intern) The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program is proud to announce its successful effort to secure the donation of Dalip Singh Saund campaign items by his grandson, Eric Saund, to the National Museum of American History. Saund was the first Asian American, and first practitioner of a non-Abrahamic faith, to […]

The Scripps Spelling Bee and Indian Americans

Jun 23, 2011

by Pawan Dhingra [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="Sukanya Roy, winner of the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee.  Photos by Pawan Dhingra, Smithsonian APA Program."][/caption] Pawan Dhingra, HomeSpun curator, attended the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee to collect important stories about the Indian American life. Here, he reflects on his two-day experience and discusses the history of Indian […]