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SAADA and Asian Indian Heritage Project

Asian Indian Heritage Project in Cleveland
hosted Samip Mallick of the
South Asian American Digital Archive
March 31-April 1, 2012

The mission of the Asian Indian Heritage Project (AIHP) is to identify, collect, and preserve archival materials related to the heritage and ongoing history of the Asian Indian Community in the Northeastern Ohio region, and to make such records available to the public.

The AIHP was created in November 2011 under the leadership of Jacqueline Ruiz. The project motto is "Illuminate the Past - Light the Future." The AIHP hosted Mr. Samip Mallick, President of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) over the weekend of April 1, 2012.

Mr Mallick was given a tour of the Indian Cultural Garden. Stephen Sreshta introduced Mr. Samip Mallick and Mr. Raj Pillai, head of the Indian Cultural Garden in Cleveland at a ceremony at the Indian Cultural Garden in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue.

Raj Pillai, Stephen Sreshta, Samip Mallick and Michael Sreshta

Raj Pillai, Stephen Sreshta, Samip Mallick and Michael Sreshta





Samip Mallick in the Cleveland Indian Cultural Garden

Samip Mallick in the Cleveland Indian Cultural Garden





Mr. Mallick was also given a tour of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Samip Mallick at the Western Reserve Historical Society

Samip Mallick on tour of the Western Reserve Historical Society
with Michael Sreshta, John Grabowski and others


On Sunday April 1, 2012 the Federation of India Community Associations, FICA, held a program to share ideas with and learn from Mr Mallick and SAADA.

Ms Jacqueline Ruiz, Founder and Project Director of the AIHP, organized the program.

Jacqueline Ruiz

Jacqueline Ruiz


Past FICA president Venky Venkatesh discussed the importance of and differences between history and heritage as it relates to the Asian Indian Heritage project.

Venky Venkatesh

Venky Venkatesh




Le Nguyen, Asian Liaison for the City of Cleveland, read a proclamation from Mayor Frank Jackson and presented it to Ms Ruiz and the AIHP board.

Asim Datta, Michael Sreshta and Le Nguyen

Asim Datta, Michael Sreshta and Le Nguyen


AIHP group and Le Nguyen

AIHP group and Le Nguyen






AIHP group and Le Nguyen



Kristina Hoefel, Director of the Brahma Kumaris Activities in Ohio gave a Western Perspective and opening meditation.

Kristina Hoefel, Director of the Brahma Kumaris Activities in Ohio

Kristina Hoefel


Then Mr. Samip Mallick began his presentation about Indian Heritage, archives, SAADA and what could be done in Cleveland.

Mr. Mallick suggested 4 ways to get involved in the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) project.




Samip Mallick speaking

Samip Mallick


One of Mr. Mallick's examples was the story of Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian American elected to Congress.




A funny moment took place when Sujata Burgess recognized herself in a photo that Samip Mallick used as an example taken when she was at CSU.

Sujata Burgess at Cleveland State University

Sujata Burgess and fellow Cleveland State University students


After the informative presentation, the audience engaged in a Q&A session.

Audience at AIHP event at FICA


Michael Sreshta

Michael Sreshta


Samip Mallick of SAADA

Samip Mallick


John Grabowski of the Western Reserve Historical Society discusses their focus on the immigration history and how since 1965 it is not just concerned with the Ellis Island type immigrants.

John Grabowski of the Western Reserve Historical Society

John Grabowski




Asim Datta

Asim Datta


Harjit and Mona Alag

Harjit and Mona Alag


Mr Surinder Kampani and Dr Shanta Kampani

Mr Surinder Kampani and Dr Shanta Kampani


Ramesh Shah and Raj Pillai

Ramesh Shah and Raj Pillai



In the open forum part of the program, Paramjit Singh told a humorous story about an experience in the US South.

Paramjit Singh

Paramjit Singh




Abedkhan and Zahid Siddiqi

Abedkhan and Zahid Siddiqi


John Grabowski and Venky Venkatesh

John Grabowski and Venky Venkatesh



Congratulations to Jacqueline Ruiz and the Asian Indian Heritage Project members for presenting this important program.

Jacqueline Ruiz

Jacqueline Ruiz


SAADA Community Forum sign


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