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.

The 2016-17 SILC Handbook for students, parents and volunteers is available HERE. Updates and additions to this document will continue!

Volunteers needed for these Committees:

  • SILC Mela Coordinator
  • SILC Holi Coordinator
  • SILC Diwali Coordinator
  • SILC Graduation Coordinator

No experience necessary. We will help you and guide you through the process.

Please e-mail Sonja Agarwal - to sign up!

SILC Receives Curriculum Grant

SILC was awarded a grant to further our Social Studies Curriculum. "The Asian Pacific Endowment of The Saint Paul Foundation has approved a grant to SILC - School for Indian Language and Culture in Minnesota in the amount of $4,800 for SILC SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL." Thank you to our SILC board members for writing and earning this grant proposal!

SILC's Great Gatherings!
**New events added for 2017!***

"Great Gatherings" are individual social and fundraising events hosted by our own SILC families.The events have ranged from craft afternoons to evening meals to events outside of people's homes. The host (or hosts) covers the cost of the event and the participant fees go directly to SILC programming.  The most important part of this prorgram is not the money raised but the building of our SILC community.

If you would like to host a gathering, email Veeti Tandon at

For more information, see our 2016-17 Great Gatherings page - events are happening soon!

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


Diwali Celebration and Family Photo Day


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.


Holi Celebration

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

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!

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.

2017-18 SILC Registration is OPEN!!

Click HERE to begin: returning families, log in with the account you created last year. NEW families, please create an account before you begin.


The SILC Board has as immediate opening for a Secretary position. Some of the responsibilities for the SILC Secretary include:

Take minutes at Board Meetings
Post board meeting minutes to the SILC website
Assist with communication to the SILC community
Participate in the monthly board meetings
Additional tasks as needed

Since this is a board position, the SILC Board will have a meeting, open to the whole SILC community, in August to officially nominate a person to fill this position. We will send out the date and time of that meeting once they are finalized.

The SILC Board is now accepting nominations for the SILC Board Secretary. Nominations for the position of the SILC Board Secretary can be sent to Sonja Agarwal -

Look for the SILC Booth at India Fest 2017!!
We need volunteers to help spread the word about SILC to new and perspective families. Click HERE to sign up and help out at the booth! Volunteers can be any age.

Highlights of the festival:
  • Food: Enjoy delicious cuisines from eight 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


Hello SILC families,
We are very proud and excited to announce that our SILC Library is ready to share with all of you! We had a library ribbon cutting ceremony on Mar 11th to celebrate this momentous occasion!

The Library consists of over 400 books of Children's Fiction and Non Fiction genre's which Parents and Teachers alike can borrow, after registering and paying the (refundable) deposit at the Library Info center in the cafeteria.

Come see part of the colorful and exciting collection of books! The first installment of books will be about 150 titles. The rest of the books will be phased in. Tell your family and friends about this exciting addition to your opportunities at SILC.

To participate:

1) Visit the Library Information Center in the cafeteria from 11:15 am onwards. Here you can get more info regarding the Library hours, web access, which books are available etc. 

2) Register with your email and other info. To complete registration we would also need a Library Deposit of $10/child registered. We can take cash or a undated check made out to SILC. This Deposit is refundable at the end of the school year, or can be rolled over to the next school year. 


Thank you,
Anu Kumble and Shailesh Koppikar

Please contribute your thoughts about our programming - we will use this to guide our choices for next year and beyond. Click HERE to participate.

Yearbook Submissions

We are looking for yearbook submissions:anything about India and SILC: drawings, stories, information about your trips, thoughts about your classes and friends and SILC.

Send your submissions to Suzanne Sheridan:

Diwali Celebration Photos Are Here!

The Diwali Pictures are ready to download!  Many thanks goes to Peter Sandgren for taking great pictures and to Andy Harwood for uploading them!

Click HERE to see and download (free!) your pictures:

Password:  silc2016

Did You Know??

SILC has a Board that meets once a month.  The board consists of the SILC executive board along with several at-large members.

Some of the board's responsibilities include:

  • Teacher Recruitment

  • Curriculum Planning

  • Long term planning for SILC

  • Day to day operations at SILC

  • Looking for ways to improve the SILC experience

  • Partnering with outside organizations for events (i.e. IAM, Minnesota History Center, Festival of Nations)

  • Planning for SILC Special events

  • Working with the Como High School administration to coordinate school use

If you have any questions/ suggestions/ ideas, please feel free to reach out to any one of the board members: for contact information, see the SILC Board page of this site.

SILC Calendar

Visit the SILC Facebook page for updates, photos and more!

Volunteers needed for these classes for the 
2017-18 School Year:

  • Telugu Teacher
  • Cricket Teacher
  • Malayalam Teacher
  • Social Studies Teachers/ Assistants (Levels 1 & 3)
  • Chess Co-Teacher

No experience necessary. We will help you and guide you as needed.

Please e-mail Sonja Agarwal - to sign up!

Snack and Cooking Class Signups

We hope that all registered families will take a turn bringing snack for the community. Sign up HERE!

Want to lead the cooking class for one week? Have a special dish you would like to share with the cooking group? Sign up HERE!