Indian American Heritage Center.

Namaskar Fellow Indian Americans,

It is a proud day for all Indian Americans and more so for the people from the Greater Dayton area. Today, November 8th, the first Indian American Heritage Center named after Drs. Malati and Ganesh Potdar, will be inducting the first member of our Hall of Fame, our own Kamala Harris, who will be the First Female, First Asian American, and First Black Vice President of the United States.

We in Dayton are becoming a part of history.


The first Indian American Heritage Center in the US was completed in 2020. It is a part of Youth Group for Indian culture. We are portraying the story of India and the story Indian Americans in a wall space of 350 linear feet of display space.





There are 3 stages in this process

  • Generation of content.
  • Moderation of content.
  • Display of content.

The following people have been nominated and are going to the next step. As we add people, it will be  posted. If you know more about the following people and you have a flair for writing, please do so and send it to . If your narration got accepted, your name will displayed under the portrait as author. We have a method to the writing. We don't glorify the fortunes or misfortunes of people. We portray the values which stood by them and what we can learn from it.


  • Sakharam Ganesh Pandit (1875-1959), lawyer who argued against government efforts to revoke American citizenship for Indian emigrants
  • Urvashi Vaid

Actor, Producer

  • Mindy Kaling - actress, producer

  • Kal Penn - also civil servant

  • M. Night Shyamalan - filmmaker


  • Kalpana Chawla

  • Sunita Williams


  • Mohini Bhardwaj - olympic medalist

  • Brandon Chillar 

  • Sanjay Beach

  • Prakash Amritraj

  • Stephen Amritraj

  • Vinay Bhat

  • The Great Khali

  • Indra Nooyi

  • Sundar Pichai

  • Rohan Oza

  • Vinod Khosla

  • Sabeer Bhatia

  • Ajaypal Singh Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard

  • Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM

  • Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems

  • Ram Shriram, venture fund capitalist and one of the first investors in Google

Civil Servants

  • Preet Bharara


  • Hasan Minhaj

  • Aziz Ansari


  • Salman Khan - Khan Academy

  • Amar Bose

Federal judges

  • Vince Girdhari Chhabria, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Democratic)

  • Nicholas Ranjan, District Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Neomi Rao, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • Manish S. Shah, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • Srikanth Srinivasan, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • Indira Talwani, judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts


  • Fareed Zakaria - journalist

  • Anu Garg

  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Media, Entertainment

  • Lilly Singh - Youtuber

  • Padma Lakshmi - Top Chef

  • Lakshmi Singh, NPR's national midday newscaster

  • Hari Sreenivasan, correspondent for CBS News and the PBS NewsHourMusician

  • Ravi Shankar

  • Norah Jones

  • Zubin Mehta

  • Kim Thayil

Nobel Prize recipients

  • Har Gobind Khorana (1922-2011), Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1968

  • Subramanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995), Nobel Prize for Physics, 1983

  • Amartya Sen (b. 1933), Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998; professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University

  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (b. 1952), Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009; current President of the Royal Society (as of November 2015)

  • Abhijit Banerjee (b. 1961), Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2019Philanthropist

  • Chandrika Tandon


  • Kamala Harris - First Hall of Famer

  • Pramila Jayapal

  • Jay Goyal

Radio Personality

  • Shankar Vedantam

  • Meghna Chakrabarti


  • Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon
  • Vivek Murthy - surgeon general
  • Balamurali Ambati, world's youngest doctor, at age 17
  • Atul Gawande
  • Manu Prakash