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.
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 with SILC
Social Studies Day: Social Studies students present their learning to the entire SILC Community.
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!
St. Paul Winter Carnival
SILC hosted a booth at the St. Paul Winter Carnival to showcase our community to all Carnival visitors.
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.
The SILC 2016-17 school year is ready to begin:
Registration is OPEN!
Click HERE to register: begin by creating a new account if you do not already have one
The first day of classes is:
Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 a.m.
If you have ideas about programming or outreach, please connect with one of our SILC board members - their contact information is HERE.
Join SILC at India Fest!!
Saturday August 20
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Highlights of the festival:
Food: Enjoy delicious cuisines from six Twin Cities Indian restaurants
Cultural: Two of the biggest Indian Classical dance groups based in Minnesota perform at IndiaFest for the first time at this year’s event. Immerse yourself in colorful Classical, Semi-Classical, Bollywood and regional solo and group performances
Exhibits: Visit booths with decoration, traditions, and culture from various regions of India, showcasing the diversity of India
Activities: Fun activities for adults and kids. Enjoy henna or face painting, kite flying, chess, cricket, or learn some skills in yoga and meditation
Bazaar: Shop for traditional Indian clothing and accessories
Raffle Drawing: Giveaways from Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and many others
Student Scholarships: Five student scholarships to be given at the event
Board members needed!
Join now, and be ready to lead us into the 2016-17 year at SILC. Contact Surya Iyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 2015-16 SILC Board of Directors
Volunteer at the
SILC booth at India Fest!!
SILC sets up an incredible booth at India Fest each year. We have a game, prizes and we get to talk to a lot of amazing folks. Join us and tell other families about SILC!
“Let’s play: A treasury of traditional childhood games from India” is a translation of popular Telugu book released in April 2016. This book is a compilation of 100 games with 100 full page exclusive color illustrations. This book is prepared with financial assistance from Asia Pacific Foundation. This project is led by Dr. Siva Jasthi, Director of Instructional Design and long-time volunteer at SILC. Telugu version of this book is a runaway success, and 3000 copies of the first edition are distributed to schools in India.
SILC has now taken up the initiative to bring an English edition of the book with the goal of sharing the rich cultural heritage of India through these childhood games. We believe that English edition will be much appreciated in USA, India, and other countries.
We invite you to become part of this exciting initiative by extending your sponsorship. Click HERE to view sponsorship benefits and support this initiative
Please contact Raj Menon at 612.666.3134 email@example.com, or Dr. Siva Jasthi at 651-276-4671 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Thank you for your consideration and participation in this initiative of sharing Indian culture with others.