Oral History Interview with Godan Nambudiripad
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Godan Nambudiripad came to Minnesota in 1981 with his family and became acquainted with the Indian community. He became president of the India Association of Minnesota [IAM] in 1990. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Moving to the United States; education; finding a job; becoming acquainted with members of the Indian community in Minnesota; involvement in the School of India for Languages and Culture [SILC] and the Hindu Mandir; early involvement in IAM; India Day activities and community involvement; participation in Festival of Nations volunteering activities; serving on the board of IAM, and eventually as president; meeting the Ambassador of India to the United States; community outreach and service programs; involvement in the IAM-sponsored speaker's bureau and experience speaking at various schools; community dance dramas; host family program for Indian international students; the Share and Care program; Literacy As a Movement for People [LAMP] movement and fundraising; IAM newsletter; the Children's Home Society; early history projects and lasting legacies; role of the internet; the Numbudiri caste; IAM membership; and maintaining Indian culture.
Date: July 6, 2003
Subject(s): Godan Nambudiripad
Type: Oral History
Creator: Polly Sonifer
Holding Institution: Minnesota Historical Society
Collection: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project
Additional Information: Phase 4
Item History: 2016-12-13 (created); 2016-12-13 (modified)
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