Our History

Turning Point

In 2009, IAM renames India Day as IndiaFest and moves the event to the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol. The event from then on has grown exponentially larger and visible in subsequent years, drawing thousands of people including vendors wanting to cater to the growing and prosperous group of Indians in Minnesota.


1973: IAM is incorporated as India Club, a non-profit organization. Its founding members and first board of directors included Anil Bhatnagar, Jagadish Desai, Raj Dutt, Madhukar Gupta, Robert Hoyle, Sy Mody, Bash Singh, V. C. Varadachari, and F. F. Zdenek.

1973: India Club organizes a concert—its first fund-raiser in Minnesota. Proceeds are donated for drought relief in India.

1979: India Club, along with the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC), starts participating in the Festival of Nations.

1983: The first India Day is held in St. Paul.

1985: India Day moves to the Landmark Center.

1992: India Club completes its first oral history project for the Minnesota Historical Society.

1993: India Club is renamed India Association of Minnesota (IAM).

1998: Board members Sarah Mahapatra and Vasant Sukatme compile the Minnesota Asian Indian Directory to commemorate the India Association of Minnesota’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

2002: IAM organizes interfaith prayers and presents 9/11 funds at the state capitol rotunda in St. Paul.

2008: The IAM Dinner changes its format and is renamed ConnectIndia.

2009: India Day is renamed IndiaFest and moves to the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol.

2014: The first Annual IAM Golf tournament is held.