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About us

Eye on India is a young and dynamic organization whose role is to serve as a facilitator and integrator. Promoting appreciation for diverse programming in the cultural landscape of Chicago, the festival’s uniqueness lies in its ability to create and inspire collaboration among various cultural, community and business organizations across Chicago and other cities in the US and India.

Started in 2011 when long-time Chicago resident, Anuradha Behari, partnered with Sanjoy Roy, president of Teamwork Arts in India, the Eye on India festival has grown from a one week festival featuring 7 events to a 3 week long, annual festival featuring over 30 events each year. Relying primarily on a team of committed volunteers contributing between 100 to 200 hours per week throughout the year, Eye on India is an early stage not-for-profit.

What people say

On behalf of my family, I would like to say, "Thank You" for the magical evening!  Our senses were immersed in such a wonderful Indian experience.  Rupa soaked in the smells and tastes of the various foods and loved listening to the music and dancers.  She had a fabulous time playing the piano for your guests and felt so appreciated and fulfilled.  Thank you for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Paula Sprecher

The past five years have been so exciting in terms of bringing top Indian artists to Chicago audiences. This year we wanted to take advantage of having these leading artists in our city by bringing them beyond the stage and into the neighborhoods. We want to provide cultural and arts education opportunities so we moved the festival to September to make it easier to connect with schools and other community organizations.” We are very much looking forward to build even stronger cultural bridges between India and Chicago

Anuradha Behari Eye on India Founder and President

Say the words ‘Indian Art’ and what might come to mind most quickly are the Taj Mahal, Ravi Shanker, classical Hindu dance and Bolllywood. But during the past several decades ‘the subcontinent’ has changed dramatically, and a whole new artistic energy has emerged. It is this art — in many disciplines, and with all its links to the past blended with all its contemporary and cross cultural influence — that Anuradha Behari, president of the Chicago’s Eye on India Festival, is determined to showcase

Hedy Weiss Chicago Sun-Times.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching Eye on India evolve over the past 5 years — starting with an ambitious, creative mission and seeing it engage and touch a growing number of people and organizations in Chicago. Each year the festival has introduced prominent Indian artists, authors, musicians, dancers and thought leaders to our community.  Eye on India continues to enlighten and delight people of all ages, forging lasting creative partnerships and collaborations with cultural and educational institutions….and furthering friendships and understanding between our two cultures

Joan Gunzberg Former Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council of Chicago.

Eyeonindia Highlights

Vocalist Vidya Shah, Women on Record

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Xenophilia, SAIC Exhibit

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Piya Behrupiya

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Rajasthan Josh

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Giving Tuesday

          Eye on India is a cultural organization committed to bridging conversations between India and Chicago through art & cultural programs that address emergent contemporary themes.

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Women on Record – Discussions with Vidya Shah

Last year I had the privilege of attending Vidya Shah’s discussion on her project, Women on Record and latest published work, Jalsa: Indian Women and the Journeys from the Salon.


Opportunity to Grow / The Sari Project

I can’t believe a whole year has passed! I am honored to have the privilege of participating in the annual sari competition again.  This year, the competition centers around re-inventing.


River Saris by Kanchan Richardson

I was drawn to live in Banaras India as a continuation of family history, moving across the divide of time and culture to the place where my grandparents met and.