Namaste Madison

Celebrate With Us

Celebrate the contributions of Indian-Amerians in the greater Madison area on May 13, 2017 at Madison's Central Library. We will have:

  • children's activities
  • panel discussions
  • STE(A)M demonstrations
  • poster exhibit
  • Indian food

Main events take place in the Bubbler and on the Third floor of the Central Library. 

Event Schedule

Invocation and Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:40am 
Joe Elder, Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison Department of Sociology

Children’s Activities
At the “Bubbler” by Mifflin Street side entrance
10:45 – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm

  • Dress-up in Indian clothes and get photos printed
  • Draw “Kolam” or “Rangoli” – colorful designs with interesting patterns
  • Get “Mehndi” tattoos out of Henna
  • Listen to interesting stories from India
  • Learn simple dances to Indian music

Panel Discussions - Third floor
Panel #1 10:40 –11:40am 
Experiences from Indian-Americans over the last 50 years in Madison.

Panel #2 2:00-3:00pm 
“How they see us”
Discussion of people who have interacted with the Indian-American community in various ways.

Panel #3 3:00-4:00pm
“A writer’s forum”
Ideas shared from Indian-American writers with roots in Madison

Food Demonstration and Sampling
Third floor

STE(A)M Demonstrations and Participation
Third floor for kids and adults alike!

12:45pm – 2:00pm
Science experiment, 3-D printing, Wind turbine simulation, Artistic activity, Math games

Library Takeover

This event is one of three Library Takeover events happening in the spring of 2017 in Madison libraries.  Library Takeover is a six-week event planning bootcamp to encourage the community to TAKE OVER the library! We hope that by providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, we'll not only have fun, exciting, events, but we'll also be setting the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.  Library Takeover was funded by Madison Public Library Foundation.