Indian Cultural Society

The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at the Birmingham Museum of Art was established to promote all forms of Indian art and culture. The Museum, thanks to the generosity of the Callahan Family and other like-minded philanthropists, has one of the largest collections of Indian art and sculpture in the Southeast United States. The vast majority of the collection is on permanent display in the Asian Art Galleries. Thus, it was a natural fit to establish a society dedicated to promoting the rich cultural heritage of India at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

All events sponsored by ICS are free and open to the public. ICS is able to provide world class programming due to the generosity of its patrons and the Museum, which provides its facilities and staff to ICS for the events.

To learn more, please visit the Indian Cultural Society website.


Travel Opportunity!
The Wonder of India III: Gujarat & Kerala
December 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Come join us as we continue our journeys to discover the wonders of India. We will visit centuries old temples, a private museum, craftsmen at work, a game preserve and many other treasures. We depart from Birmingham for Ahmedabad on December 16, 2016 and return to Birmingham from Cochin on January 2, 2017. Spend the holidays in some of the most exciting exciting and exotic places in the world!

For more information, please contact Bethany McClellan at or 205-254-2567.

Wine and Cheese Reception
February 14, 2016
3:00-5:00 PM
Oscar’s Cafe Birmingham Museum of Art 

Join us for our annual wine and cheese reception at the Museum! Don and Cathleen Cummings will give a presentation, highlighting the art collection and upcoming programs and travel for this year.

Kids are welcome, and art activities will be provided for them. Members may also bring guests who would like to learn more about ICS and the BMA.

If you plan to attent, RSVP to Meghan Ann Hellenga at or 205.297.8071 by Monday, February 8. When you RSVP, please include the number of people you will be bringing, including guests and children.

Eivor and Alston Callahan Lecture: India’s Post-Partition Identity and the Cinematic Image with Dr. Cathleen Cummings
March 5, 2016
6:00- 7:00 PM
BMA Steiner Auditorium

Shiva Welcome party
April 10, 2016
2:00-4:00 PM
BMA Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden

Join the Asian Art Society and Indian Cultural Society to celebrate the installation of our new sculpture of Shiva, the Lord of Dance (Shiva Nataraja). There will be a traditional Hindu blessing, comments and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to Bethany McClellan at or 205-254-2567.

ICS Annual Spring Concert
April 22, 2016
6:30 PM
BMA Steiner Auditorium


October 9, 2015
6:00-7:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room

The Indian Cultural Society is excited to welcome artist Kanishka Raja for its fall lecture. Raja creates paintings, textiles, installations, and site-specific wall works in which images and information from disparate global settings interlock in complex visual fields. The artist, who divides his time between New York and Kolkata, will discuss the ways in which his work is grounded firmly in colliding world views, both the foreign and the familiar.

Raja received his BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from The Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and India and his works have been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY, New Paltz, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, and the Rose Art Museum, among others.

Special Lecture with Paper Conservator
June 17, 2015
12:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room

SieglerThe BMA welcomes Dr. Sheila Siegler, DIC, FIIC, MAIC, who is currently a freelance paper conservator, lecturer, and science consultant. This is an event for members of BMA support groups only.

In her talk, Dr. Siegler will discuss what paper is and how it’s made; what deteriorates paper (light, humidity, insects, humans, and more); how to stop deterioration; and how to care for your collection at home, especially photographs.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring 1-2 works on paper from your personal collections. Dr. Siegler will comment on the condition of your works, as well as recommend treatments. Lunch will not be served at the event; however, we encourage you to meet your friends before or after the event for lunch in Oscar’s Café.

If you plan to attend the event, please RSVP to Bethany McClellan at 205.254.2567 or by Friday, June 12.

Indian Cultural Society Drum Workshop with Subhen Chatterjee
Thursday, May 14, 2015
10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Auditorium

Indian Cultural Society Concert
Friday, May 15, 2015
5:00 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art Auditorium

The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) present a concert of Divine Music with artists Pt. Bhimanna Yadav (Sundari), Pt. Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla), and Pt. Indradeep Ghosh (Violin). They have enthralled audiences wherever they have performed in India and abroad. Join us for this rare and culturally unique experience.