Nritya Sandhya

To commemorate 3rd International Yoga Day and India UK year of Culture 2017, Scottish Indian Arts Forum in association with Consulate General of India, Edinburgh, Presents ” An evening of Kathak Dance by ANKH Dance Group” and local talent.

Ankh, a new kathak horizon is a dance group founded by Gauri Sharma Tripathi, an established Kathak exponent in London and internationally. Gauri is also an artist in residence at the South Bank Centre. She has been one of the curators of the successful Alchemy festival at the South Bank Centre for the last four years. ANKH and its dancers have had the privilege of being a part of some prestigious events and venues. The list includes, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Royal Festival hall and other various performances.

Dusherra 2016

Dusherra the flagship event of the Scottish Indian Arts Forum is being held on 16th October 2016 on top of Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Dusherra, one of the largest festivals in India, commemorates a 10 day war between the gods and demons thousands of years ago. It is celebrated with gusto by communities with music, dance, food and a symbolic burning of the Effigies of the demons to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
This year’s cultural programme features a mixture of Scottish and Indian music and dance.

Food stalls provided by Tanjore and Kamasutra based out of Lothian Road Edinburgh.
The event culminates in the burning of effigies and the fireworks.
2016 marks the 22nd anniversary of the SIAF. We aspire to increase the footfall to Dusherra to celebrate this occasion and Spread Indian cultural awareness and values across a wide cross section population.

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Holi 2016

SIAF is proud to welcome you all to celebrate the festival of colours-HOLI on 26th March 2016. Come and enjoy the festivities with yummy food and foot tapping music

Dusherra 2015

Dusherra the flagship event of the Scottish Indian Arts Forum is being held on 25th October 2015 on top of Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Dusherra, one of the largest festivals in India, commemorates a 10 day war between the gods and demons thousands of years ago. It is celebrated with gusto by communities with music, dance, food and a symbolic burning of the Effigies of the demons to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
This year’s cultural programme features a mixture of Scottish and Indian music and dance.
We are pleased to have a dedicated children’s marquee with arts and crafts workshop along with various kids’ activity supported by Scottish Government. This helps children understand different cultures and diversity by engaging in activities together. Food stalls provided by the award winning BananaLeaf restaurant in Glasgow and Kamasutra based out of Lothian Road Edinburgh.
The event culminates in the burning of effigies and the fireworks.
2015 marks the 21st anniversary of the SIAF. We aspire to increase the footfall to Dusherra to celebrate this occasion and Spread Indian cultural awareness and values across a wide cross section population.

Scottish Indian Arts Forum Promoting India and Indian Culture

Scottish Indian Arts Forum was founded on August 17 1994 by an initiative taken be a handful of Indian and Scottish volunteers sincerely interested in promotion of Indian art, culture and heritage in Edinburgh and East of Scotland through the media of music particularly classical music, dance, drama, literature, film, exhibition and celebration of popular festivals of India.

SIAF promoters have always kept in mind the need to promote INDIA and Indian culture not only for the benefit of their new generations but the Scottish community at large as well. The promoters have attempted not only to reach out much wider audiences from local community but have also managed to involve them in organization and management of our programs.

It is unfortunate that there had been practically no programs organized by Indian community for almost a decade when Founders of SIAF took up the challenge and the response from the community to first program was instantaneous and huge. SIAF has now established to be the foremost institution organizing Indian dance, and music programs. While SIAF started celebrating festival of Holi since 1994 Dusherra Festival has now become one of very popular festivals in Edinburgh the City of Festivals.
Promoters of SIAF are predominantly a group of Professionals of achievement in their own fields and therefore have a very high quality of input in organization and management of its programs and sincerely ensure that programs organized by SIAF are of very high quality and never performed before in this part of Scotland.

SIAF strictly adheres to Equal Opportunities Policy in management and organization of its programs. Therefore SIAF ensures while engaging people or contractors or organizations or artists that equal opportunity is available not only to people of ethnic minority but Scottish community at large

Dusherra 2014

For the 20th consecutive year, SIAF is celebrating Dusherra on 5th Oct 2014 at Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Kids program starts at 3pm, followed by cultural programs and fireworks.

HOLI 2015

SIAF is proud to welcome you all to celebrate the festival of colours-HOLI on 8th March 2015. Come and enjoy the festivities with yummy food and foot tapping music