Scottish Indian Arts Forum (SIAF) is a registered Scottish charity (SC033214). It has been promoting Indian culture and arts, in and around Edinburgh, through the medium of music and dance events around key Indian festivals since its inception in August 1994. SIAF is governed by duly approved Constitution and an Executive Committee to manage all aspects of the organisation. The Committee comprises of members from different faiths and origins from different parts of India, making it a truly secular and all-encompassing Indian organisation in Edinburgh. Committee members have broad experience in community engagement and take pride in being accessible to support various regional organisations and their event.
SIAF is devoted to inspiring and empowering the Indian community through advancing Arts & Cultural as a platform to enhancing equality and active citizenship.
The work Scottish Indian Arts Forum does take place among people from all faith and belief. SIAF also demonstrate important interaction between Culture and religion. Culture and Diversity is the golden thread running through all our communities in Scotland
Dusherra is a festival which brings the community together and I am delighted that communities across Edinburgh and the Lothians come to celebrate this together making it a rich history as part of the Edinburgh cultural map. I congratulate SIAF.
Dusherra is a colourful, celebratory, and fun staple of Edinburgh’s civic calendar. This ancient Indian festival celebrates Lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana and gives the Hindu community and other faith groups the chance to gather and give thanks. It’s programme features Scottish and Indian music and dance.
Dusherra has been celebrated over several years on Calton Hill with the footfall of more than 3K people bringing community together.
We were delighted to be able to support Edinburgh’s Indian community by building these effigies for the upcoming Dusherra Festival organised by Scottish Indian Arts Forum. This has not only given those in our care an opportunity to enhance their skills and create something so spectacular, but also enhance our relationship with an important community within the city.