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The part of Leela wasn't originally written with an Indian-American actress in mind. "It was incidental," Vidyasagar says in an article in India West. "The casting notices said nothing of ethnicity." As the first major Indian-American character on the American Sesame Street, Vidyasagar is looking forward to bringing awareness of Indian culture to the Street: "This is a big deal for me, and for the Indian-American community... and it shows that India has a growing place in the world profile."