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 at SILC


Diwali Celebration

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!


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.

Thank you for a great 
2015-16 year at SILC!
Thanks to our volunteers and students for all of their work this past year to build a stronger community of Indian friends and family here in Minnesota.

Please stay tuned for information about SILC's 2016-17 year - and if you have ideas about programming or outreach, please connect with one of our SILC board members - their contact information is HERE.

Look for SILC at IndiaFest in August at the State Capitol Grounds!

Congratulations to Sunita Mannamkunnath for winning SILC's Uma Namboordiripad Volunteer Award for 2015-16! Thank you for making our community special through your work.

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 or click HERE for more information and HERE for the registration form.

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...'

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

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.