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 Library Survey: What's Your Vision?

The SILC Library Committee received a grant of $5,000 to begin developing a library. To help us create a comprehensive library plan, please complete the following survey. Be as detailed and creative as you can! Your ideas will help create a valuable resource for the SILC community.
Complete the SILC Library Survey by clicking HERE.
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


Diwali Celebration

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


SILC Mela & Silent Auction: 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.


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.

SILC Headlines:

January 9 - February 13: regular classes
February 20: SILC Mela

SILC will be at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

SILC will have a booth at two events at the St. Paul Winter Carnival:
  • Kids Day: Sat. Jan. 30 2-6 pm
  • Family Day: Sat Feb 6 12-5 pm
We are looking for volunteers (both parents and students) to help at the SILC Booth each of these days. If you are able to volunteer or want to learn more, contact Cheryllyne Vaz at

SILC Mela: 
This year, new fun ways to support SILC 
and make more connections!

Saturday, Feb 20th is SILC's updated fundraising event intended to bring parents, students, and supporters in our community together for fun, fellowship, and philanthropy. Come to support SILC, and stay for the fun, food booths, photo booth, games and terrific prizes.

NEW THIS YEAR!!! You will have the opportunity to sign up at the mela for Great Gatherings later in the year. Great Gatherings are individual fundraising events (separate from the Mela) including a karaoke night, South Indian dinner, North Indian dinner, chaat appetizer event, jewelry making event and more! Stay tuned for more details.....

If you're interested in hosting an event, have ideas for an event, or need ideas for an event feel free to contact Veeti Tandon at

To help us plan for the amount of food needed for the Mela, click HERE to complete an RSVP for your family. Please do this by February 1st!

The Dalai Lama was interviewed by Deutsche Welle, a German TV station, about the attacks in Paris. He had some very interesting insights. Click HERE to learn more.

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 for more information.

The 2015-16 SILC Board of Directors

SILC Calendar

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.

SILC Yearbook Editorial Team:
Suzanne Sheridan –
Andy Harwood –
Raj Menon –

Minnesota Historical Society visits SILC, creates "Beyond Bollywood" 

In the spring of 2016, there will be an exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society about people from India and their stories. Representatives from the Historical Society came to SILC to learn more about our program and to meet with some of our students. In the coming weeks, there will be more visits to SILC from the Historical Society and they are also going to bring a film crew and interview some of our students , teachers and parents as part of their research. This is an exciting opportunity for SILC to be involved with the Minnesota Historical Society.

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