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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

On the Third Floor

Poster Exhibit
All day

Invocation Music and Dance
10:00 – 10:15am

Keynote Presentation
10:20 – 10:40am 
Joe Elder, Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison Department of Sociology

Experiences - Panel Discussion
Hear from Indian-Americans about their experiences. 

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

How They See Us - Panel Discussion
Discussion of people who have interacted with the Indian-American community in various ways.

A Writer's Forum- Panel Discussion
Ideas shared from Indian-American writers with roots in Madison

Bollywood Dancing
4:05pm – 5:00pm
Come and dance to the famous Bollywood dance music.

At the “Bubbler” on the Ground Floor

Children’s Activities
10:45 – 12:00pm and 2:05pm – 4:00pm

  • Warm up yoga
  • Dress-up in Indian clothes
  • Get Henna tattoos
  • Other activities

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.


Namaste Madison 2017

Event Overview

Central Library

Third Floor
10am - 5pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Invocation and Keynote Speaker
10:00am - 10:40am
Children's Activities (Bubbler Room)
10:45am - 12:00pm & 2:05pm - 4:00pm
Panel Discussions
10:45am, 2:05pm, & 3:05pm
Food Demonstration and Sampling
11:45am - 12:45pm
STE(A)M Demonstrations and Participation
12:50pm - 2:00pm
Bollywood Dancing
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mayoral Proclamation

Mayoral Proclamation scroll

Mayor Soglin has dedicated the first Saturday in May as Indian-American Celebration Day! Click the scroll to read the full proclamation.



This program was made possible in part by generous support from: