SILC is the School for Indian Language and Culture in Minnesota, established in 1979. Its mission is to promote community for those whose family or culture includes India and to promote deeper understanding of its rich diversity, history, culture, natural resources, festivals, games, food, art, dance, music and more!

SILC strives to develop well-informed individuals in a secular setting. Become a part of the SILC family and enjoy India's rich experience, even from afar! 

SILC classes are held at Como Park High School: 740 Rose Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55117

SILC is a 501c3 non-profit organization; its Tax ID # is 41-1405687.

Volunteers Needed at the MN History Center


SILC Volunteers are invited to participate in several Beyond Bollywood events.  There will be Sari Wrapping, Rakhi bracelet making, Dance demonstrations and more.


Volunteers are needed to help with these events on this date:


May 14 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m


Contact Raj Menon at rklr_menon@yahoo.com to let him know when you and your family are able to volunteer to help out.


SILC Families Come From 
All Over the Metro Area!


Ask your friends and neighbors if they'd like to learn more about our program!

Special Events at SILC

Fall:

Diwali Celebration

Social Studies Day: Social Studies students present their learning to the entire SILC Community.

Winter:

SILC Mela: Our only Fundraiser - the SILC Mela (or Fair) features the chaos of an Indian Mela with lots of fun for children in the form or games, fortune telling and other activities for children. What is a Mela without food? Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is made by our SILC families. We are also presenting SILC's Great Gatherings: tickets will be sold at the Mela to later events hosted by SILC families: great dinners and parties!

Spring:

Holi Celebration

SILC Graduation Day: It is the last day of the SILC School Year. Children present the language skills they have picked up during the year - on stage. Graduation certificates and SILC yearbooks are passed out - children get autographs from teachers and fellow students. The onstage academic presentations are enriched by the presentation of dances prepared for the Festival of Nations by the Youth and Adults of SILC. The event culminates in a community potluck and friends say goodbye for the summer!

Community Outreach Events

Festival of Nations , River Center, St Paul Downtown

SILC has participated at this prestigious multi-national program for over 30 years.

IndiaFest , St. Paul Capitol Grounds

SILC has participated at this show case event of the India Association of Minnesota from almost its inception and plays a key part in organizing this event.

Asian Dragon Festival , Lake Phalen Park, St Paul

SILC has participated at this event for years and its performances are always very enthusiastically received

Camp Masala , University of St Thomas, St Paul

SILC has participated at this event from its inception in 2004 and has been played a key role in its execution every year, as the event itself has grown and evolved.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

SILC hosted a booth at the St. Paul Winter Carnival to showcase our community to all Carnival visitors.

Minnesota History Center

We have participated in several programs at the MHS, including the 2016 "Beyond Bollywood" display and programs at the Center.


SILC Headlines:

May 7: No classes (Festival of Nations)
May 14: Regular Classes 
followed by Field Trip to MN History Center-see below
May 21: SILC Graduation



  • India Exhibit Booth: SILC's own amazing duo of Raj and Lata Menon are coordinating the display for the India Exhibit Booth at the Festival of Nations.    

  • Volunteers are needed to help at the booth during the Festival: click HERE to sign up!

  • Tabla at the Festival of Nations! SILC's Tabla class will be performing at the Festival Of Nations.  Sunday, May 8th at 3:00 p.m. the SILC Tabla Group will perform on the Cafe Stage.  The Performance will be 20 minutes.

  • Discounted tickets: Contact Raj Menon at SILC if you would like to purchase discounted tickets.



SILC Graduation Schedule Of Events

9:45 a.m. - Vande Mataram

9:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Presentations;

  • Language classes,

  • Dance groups,

  • Electives who are participating in graduation day.

  • Principal

  • Uma Nambudiripad award


12:00 p.m. - Potluck Lunch

India Association of MN & Pangea World Theater launch a Youth Leadership Program

For Ages 12-18      

The program is designed to create an original performance directed by Dipankar Mukherjee based on issues faced by youth in the South Asian community. Come and have fun, build your leadership skills and connect with other South Asian youth through theatre. The final performance will be presented at Indiafest on August 20th 2016.


Workshop facilitated by Dipankar Mukherjee & Meena Natarajan & Artists at Pangea World Theater


Youth will learn about their culture, develop a sense of pride and develop skills of reaching out and building community.  

Workshops -  May 21st - August 20th, 2016 once or twice a week.

Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m

Venue: Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street Suite 101, Minneapolis MN 55408


For more information,  contact India Association of Minnesota by emailing say@iamn.org or click HERE for more information and HERE for the registration form.

SILC Library Now Accepting Books

The SILC Library Committee now has a temporary space to begin accepting books.   We will have 2 collection days: April 30th and May 15th.  If you have books for children about India, written by Indian authors, or in any of the Indian languages and would like to donate them, please bring them to SILC April 30th or May 14th.  


We will accept:

  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition.  We cannot use damaged books.
  • Commercially published media (CDs, DVDs, videos. Not recordings that are homemade)
We cannot accept:Damaged books with broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, with smoke or water damage, or with excessive writing in the text.

The following SILC Library Committee members can accept donations: Mélina Mangal, Raj Menon, Anu Kumble, or Seema Nambudiripad.

SILC Mela!
The SILC board would like to thank everyone who invested countless hours and energy into making the 2016 Mela an awesome and memorable event!!
Thank you to all of the families who came out to support SILC and to have some fun. We would love to get some feedback from your family's experience at the SILC Mela. Please take a few minutes to complete 5 questions in our2016 SILC Mela Survey.

Photo Booth pictures now available! 
Amazing Pictures!!! Thank you Peter! Click HERE to view:
Password: mela2016
To download your picture: Right click the picture, then click on Save Asto save the picture on your computer.

Diwali Pictures Online Now!
Thank you Andy Harwood for the amazing Diwali Pictures.

To access the photos, click HERE. Password: divali2015

To download a full-resolution file of any photo:
1 Click the thumbnail image
2 A detail page of the image will load - click this bigger image again
3 The full photo will load in your web browser - just drag and drop it to the desktop or ‘right/option click’ and select ‘Save image...'

Volunteers still needed for 2015-16!

Please review our Volunteers and Signups page for more information: no experience necessary, get involved at SILC!

We're always looking for members to bring snacks, chai, sign up for special events and fill teaching positions. Please see how you can connect with our community by participating!

Board members needed!
Join now, and be ready to lead us into the 2016-17 year at SILC. Contact Surya Iyer at iyers@polarsemi.com for more information.

The 2015-16 SILC Board of Directors


SILC Calendar



SILC Field Trip! May 14th

After classes: tour the Minnesota History Center's 

Beyond Bollywood Exhibit


Discounted tickets are available through SILC: Contact Raj Menon at rklr_menon@yahoo.com if you are interested in purchasing the discounted tickets.


Discounted Tickets $6.00/ person and $6.00 Parking


Minnesota History Center Beyond Bollywood Exhibit 
runs April 30- July 10, 2016

SILC has contributed to the planning and some of the content for this exhibit and will play a part in the opening events when the exhibit opens.


Minnesota Historical Society's Oral History Project
Click HERE to hear stories from Indians who have immigrated to Minnesota.

SILC Yearbook Submissions Needed!

Teachers, parents, volunteers and students are all invited to submit articles, stories, poetry and/or artwork about SILC or India for our annual yearbook which is published at the end of the school year. 
  • Tell about the fun you had at one of the SILC special events such as Diwali or our field trip to One Grain of Rice at Stepping Stone Theater.
  • Share your personal experiences with SILC or India 
  • How did you end up at SILC and how has it impacted your family? 
  • Are you an artist or photographer?  We need artwork for the cover and other areas inside the book. All art should reflect an Indian theme or otherwise relate to SILC.
  • ·Also, if you have some great photos from SILC events, please send them too Andy Harwood. We want to make sure that all events will be covered in the yearbook. 
Thank you so much for your assistance in gathering items for the yearbook. We have an exciting SILC year to capture in our yearbook! 

Articles can be emailed in a Microsoft Word file or handwritten. Photos of artwork can be emailed or bring the original and we will photograph it. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Sincerely,
SILC Yearbook Editorial Team:
Suzanne Sheridan – Suzanne.sheridan@gmail.com
Andy Harwood – Andy@fabricbrand.com
Raj Menon – rklr_menon@yahoo.com