"We stand in solidarity with innocent Asian Americans who have been targeted with racism and unprovoked violence over the past several months.
We express our sadness over the growing unrest in the society and pledge to stay united with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community members through these trying times.


Connect India 2021 is a platform for all regional organizations and nonprofits around Minnesota, associated with the Indian community, to come together and share our mission and goals and to explore areas where we as a community can cooperate and collaborate.

Event Details
Event: Connect India
Date: April 3rd, 2pm - 4pm
Location: Plymouth Creek Center

14800 34th Ave N

Plymouth MN 55447

Connect India 2021 is an invitation-only event.

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  • Guest Speaker: Sri Zaheer

    Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

    BSc, Physics, Women's Christian College, Madras University
    MBA, Finance & Control, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
    PhD, International Management, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Srilata (Sri) Zaheer became the 12th dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota on March 8, 2012.

    During her tenure as dean of the Carlson School, Sri launched a Military Veterans Initiative to help servicemen and women transition from military to business careers, resulting in the Carlson School being named the number one Military Friendly business school in the nation. Sri has increased the business community’s engagement with the school, resulting in a wealth of new experiential learning opportunities for students, and has overseen the introduction of new degrees in business analytics, supply chain management, finance, and new programs in partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing and Tongji University in Shanghai, as well as online degrees and certificates.

    Sri holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility and her research focus is on international business — a topic on which she has published extensively. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, and a former Consulting Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. In 2018, Zaheer received the PwC Strategy& Eminent Scholar Award, for lifetime achievement in scholarship from the International Management Division of the Academy of Management.

    Prior to academia, Zaheer worked for multinationals such as Tata Consultancy Services and Sandoz (India) Ltd. She also reported on politics and business from India and Nigeria for Business International. These experiences have provided the foundation for her research in international business, as well as leading the Carlson School’s engagement with the corporate community.

    Sri serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she is currently serving as chair. She previously served on the boards of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Guthrie Theater, and the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

    In 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored Sri’s professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community with its Women in Business Award. In 2019, Zaheer was recognized by Twin Cities Business as part of the publication's TCB 100: The 100 People to Know in 2020. Also in 2019, Sri was inducted into the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Business Hall of Fame and honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. For her service on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Sri was named an Outstanding Director in 2020 by Twin Cities Business.

  • IndiaFest 2020 - Awards

    Best Virtual Exhibit Award  - Bengali Association of Minnesota

    Best Virtual Parade Award - Oriya Society of Minnesota

IAM 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award 

IAM Annual Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Individuals or Organizations for achieving excellence in their field, promoting the interests of the Asian Indian community in Minnesota, and advancing understanding between the Asian Indian community and the Minnesota community at large.

IAM Person of the Year Award recognizes Individuals of Indian American origin for their achievements during the course of the year - excellence in their field, an inspirational role model for the community and significant contribution to the society at large.

The winner was judged on the following 3 criteria:

  1. Dedicated service to the Asian Indian community and/or Minnesota community
  2. Excellence or innovation in their field
  3. Contribution to leadership, mentoring and grassroots initiatives

The Award was presented to Dipankar Mukherjee at Connect India 2021 event on Saturday, April 3rd 2021.

  • IAM 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dipankar Mukherjee

    Dipankar Mukherjee is a professional director originally from Calcutta, India with a 25-year history of directing. He is the Artistic Director of Pangea World Theater. He co-founded Pangea World Theater, an international theater in Minneapolis that is a progressive space for arts and dialogue. His aesthetics have evolved through his commitment to social justice, equity and deep spirituality and these factors along with relevant politics form the basis of his work. As a director, he has worked in India, England, Canada and the United States.  


    Dipankar has received the Humphrey Institute Fellowship to Salzburg and has been a Ford Foundation delegate to India and Lebanon. He is a recent recipient of the Bush Leadership Fellowship award to study non-violence and peace methodologies in India and South Africa. Dipankar was invited to visit the White House as part of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Delegation. In his rehearsal and workshop practices, Dipankar’s facilitated processes that work to disrupt colonial, racist and patriarchal modalities that we have inherited and collaboratively searches for an alternate way of working.

  • IAM 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Kumar Belani

    Dr. Kumar Belani was selected by the University of Minnesota (UOM) to join the department of Anesthesiology in 1976. Here he completed his post-graduate training, obtained an M.S. in Anesthesiology. After this he was requested to set up the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. To do this he completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania and returned to the UOM to establish the Pediatric Anesthesiology Division.


    Dr.Belani has made significant accomplishments in the field of Medicine: He has published over 115 peer reviewed manuscripts, written 30 chapters, is editor for several journals including a manuscript reviewer for several major journals. He has been an invited speaker locally, in the state, nationally and globally.


    He continues to be an active clinician, leader, educator and mentor and is a valuable member of the Indian community in Minnesota. He has also served as a past Director of IAM.