In this 2009 interview, Raj Pillai discusses the recent improvements made to the Indian Cultural Garden. After a nearly 20 year delay, Pillai and other members of the Indian Community worked together to renovate the nearly empty garden, breaking ground in 2005. Pillai discusses the significance of some of the gardens features, including the steps to the Doan Brook, the six inscribed pillars, and the statue of Gandhi. He also talks about the process of decision making that went in to renovating the garden, noting the help that members of the Cultural Gardens Federation provided. More generally, Pallai describes the Indian community in Cleveland and changes in outlook within it that made the garden plan possible.
Pillai, Raj (interviewee)
MacKeigan, Judith (interviewer)
Cleveland Cultural Gardens series 1
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"Raj Pillai Interview, 20 February 2009" (2009). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 800049_801002.