Thursday, July 28, 2011

SILC Weekly Digest (07-29-11) - Start of 2011-12 Academic Year

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Hope you are all having wonderful summer so far.

Thanks to dedication and volunteering effort you put in, we had a successful academic year 2010-11. SILC is working for the last two months in planning for the next academic year 2011-12.  We are working to bring on additional members to SILC Board and new teachers to teach, assist and substitute for language and elective classes. If you are interested to teach a new Indian language or an elective at SILC / or volunteer at SILC, please contact us.

The registration for the next academic year opens on August 13th at IndiaFest 2011.  We are working on automating the registration process for the next year and are running the final tests for “GURUKUL – SILC Registration System”.

Until we have the formal list of registrations (limited to 200 for the next academic year 2011-12), I plan to send SILC communications to the entire SILC community (to all students, parents, teachers and volunteers from earlier years as well). If you do not wish to receive these communications, please let me know. You can always catch up on the SILC happenings on a weekly basis at and

There are many events scheduled during the next couple of weeks in or around twin cities related to SILC, India.  I am providing the list of these events for your information. Please plan to attend these events to complete your summer.

[1] IndiaFest 2011 (Saturday 13th August 2011 – visit SILC Booth at this event)

IndiaFest is the joyful celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India, by the Asian Indians with all Minnesotans. India Association of Minnesota (IAM) has been proud to present this annual event for the past couple of decades. It was formerly popular as the Festival of India.  This year, IndiaFest is held couple of days ahead of India’s Independence Day (August 15th) on Saturday, August 13, at the St. Paul Capitol Ground, from 12-5 PM. For further details, please visit

SILC is a gold sponsor of this event and has signed up to show case our dance talent at this event.  SILC will be performing these three dances at IndiaFest 2011. 

  1. Dholna: Childrens Dance
  2. Chunari Chunari / Marjaani Marjaani: Youth Dance
  3. Kaikottikkali: Adults Dance

SILC will also be setting up a booth at this event and you can register for SILC 2011-12 academic year. Please make sure to stop by SILC booth

[2] Vibha Cricket Carnival (30th July 2011 Saturday) – visit SILC Booth at this event)

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We would be having a record 28 teams this year competing for the championship title of the VIBHA Cricket Carnival and this would not have been possible without the efforts of multiple volunteers who have been working tirelessly.

For execution of this event, we definitely need a lot of volunteer support and we will be meeting at Victoria Ballfields on Friday (July 29th) at 6.30pm to go over the event day tasks and activities.

Also, in addition to the competitive tournament, we will be having a carnival for the first time with stalls for everyone to enjoy:
  • Henna
  • Kite flying
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Indian Food!!! (Jalsa)
The carnival will be held on July 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please spread the word about the Carnival amongst your friends and family members.

We hope to see a lot of you on the day of event.

Cricket Organizing Team

[3] Nepali Scholarship Benefit Event (31st July 2011, Sunday)
The 6th annual Nepali Scholarship Benefit will be held on Sunday, July 31st at the Glen Park Shelter in River Falls from 4:00pm until dusk.  A dinner of traditional Nepali food will be served at 5:30, followed by entertainment of Nepali dance and music.  A silent auction and sale of Nepali handicrafts will also occur during the event.  Donations of $10 per adult and $5 for children over 6 years are requested.
Proceeds from the benefit go to the Durga Educational Society, which is a non-profit organization in Nepal that provides homes and education for the homeless children from the streets of Nepal.  In addition, the foundation is building schools in the rural area of Nepal to provide education in the villages.  To further assist some of these children in receiving a college education, a Nepali scholarship fund has been developed.
Find us on Facebook Nepal Scholarship Benefit or contact Sheila Schils at 715-222-8279 for more information.
Sheila and Brian Schils
N8139 900th St.
River Falls, WI   54022

[4] IAM Student Fellowship (Apply by 31st July 2011 Sunday)

IAM Student Fellowship is awarded to High School Students graduating every year in Minnesota and proceeding to College/Universities for Higher Education who have outstanding academic background combined with contributions to the Indian Society at large.

More details about the Fellowship can be found in the Application Form & can also be found on our website at: The scholarship deadline this year is July 31st, 2011 and the eligible individual(s) will be receiving a $1,000 fellowship award for higher studies at the India Fest, on Aug 13th at the St.Paul Capitol Grounds this year.

[5] Fancy Dress Competition at the IndiaFest 2011 (Register by 31st July 2011 Sunday)
Does your child have talent? How about showcasing it at the Fancy Dress Competition at the IndiaFest 2011?

India Association of Minnesota ( would like to invite your kids to participate in the Fancy Dress Competition at IndiaFest 2011 on August 13, 2011 (Saturday), 12AM to 5 PM at St Paul Capitol Grounds.

The theme of the competition is "Indian Celebrities". Each act will have 60 seconds on stage. Your child must be 5-12 years old. The number of spots in the competition is limited and selection will be on a first come, first served basis. The first round of entries will close on Sunday, July 31st.

To enter your child into the competition, send an email to with the following information:

Name of child (s):
Your contact Info (phone number and email address)
Preferred method of contact:

Details about the act
Name of Celebrity:
Any scripting you'd like us to use to introduce the act (optional):
Any music you'd like played during the act (optional):

Siva Jasthi

Director - Communications
School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821