Sunday, April 3, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (04/03/2011)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:
With our academic year coming to close, there are lot of news to share and lot of updates to follow through.
India and cricket
Yesterday was a special day for India and many Indians living all over the world.  India has won the world cup in cricket after 28 years (it had won the world cup in 1983). As one of the SILC students is mentioning yesterday, cricket is almost like another religion for millions of Indians. It is nice to watch the game at SILC with SILC community. Seeing the cheers erupting at the win is a moment to cherish.  Please see more details at  and
SILC Library:
We are pleased to announce the formation and starting of SILC Library. The list of books, DVDs, toys can be found at    To borrow any material, send an email to by Wednesday of any week and pick up materials from SILC on the following Saturday.
The logistics of managing and borrowing can be found at   As of now, Raj Menon has kindly agreed to manage the library until the rest of the year. If you have a passion for books and want to help SILC, please sign up as volunteer to be SILC librarian.
SILC Directory and Handbook:
If you have not already collected, please collect the SILC Directory and Handbook from Siva Jasthi (President). Please note that all parents and teachers (one for family) are entitled for a copy. We are also working to make the handbook portion of the book available on SILC web site (We do NOT want to post the directory information posted to the web though).
Upcoming dates and events
We are now into April - with many of the districts in twin cities wrapped up their spring breaks. Here is the recap of the rest of the semester we have at SILC.
* Regular classes in April (April 9, 16, 23, 30)
* Vibha taal (dance competion) event for Tweens (Neelam's students) (April 23)
*  Festival of Nations (May 7th)
* Holi celebrations (May 14th) and
* Graduation Day (May 21st)
A note from Mangala Achar (Treasurer)
If any teachers or volunteers have spent any money on SILC school supplies to be used in the class room, please ensure that you submit the receipt to Mangala Achar for reimbursement.  Please do not delay as it is important for us to maintan fiscal balance.
April 22nd (Kalavandanam Event)
SILC community may be interested in Bharatnatyam (indian classical dance) concert by Lavanya Ananth accompanied by acclaimed musicians from India. The event is coming up on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM at Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theater, 410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Please see for more details on this event and sample videos of the artist. If you are interested in this event, please contact the President for discounted tickets.
30th April (Vibha Taal event)
As informed to you in last weeks digest, Vibha is holding Taal 2011 (Singing and dancing competition for children) on 30th April 2011. See more details at  This is a free event for the viewers and every one is welcome.  The dance event is from 1 PM to 4 PM on 30th April Saturday - immediately after SILC class in the morning. SILC tweens (Neelam's students) will be participating in this dance competition. There is a registration fee of $20 per participant with 10 member maximum limit.  Please note that the registration is on first come first serve basis and is limited to first 10 students.  SILC will also be paying half of the registration fee ($10 for each for 10 students). So, if your child is in Neelam's class and is interested to participate in this vibha competion, please provide your childrens name (if you have not already given) to Neelam along with $10 check payable to SILC.
Festival of Nations (May 6-8, 2011)

With the audition out of the way, I am sure all of you must have marked your calendars for Saturday, May 7, 2011, which is when SILC dancers will be performing on stage. If you need tickets at discounted price, contact Raj Menon ( Also remember, you will not need a ticket if you volunteer for the Indian Exhibit Booth or the Indian Café. Raj is still looking for a few volunteers to manage the Indian booth and café. So please reach out to him.
Have another good week of learning and fun

Siva Jasthi

School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

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