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“Hindoo” Boy in Marine Corps Band

Compiled by Alice Itty Email Compiled by Alice Itty
May 2016
“Hindoo” Boy in Marine Corps Band


Snapshots from Indian-American history
this month, that year


May 16, 1918
—An article in the San Francisco Chronicle describes the Marine Corps Band playing a free concert at a Children’s Hospital. A photo caption reads, “Ram Gaibai (sic), a solemn looking Hindoo boy, no bigger than a doll, beat a drum with the assistance of the Marine drummer.”

Ram Bagai later became president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which gives out the Golden Globe awards) and during the ‘50s and ‘60s introduced many Indian films as art films to American audiences.

For more on the fascinating story of his family, see http://aiisf.org/immigrant-voices/stories-by-author/876-bridges-burnt-behind-the-story-of-vaishno-das-bagai/

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