Calton Hill lit up for Dusherra Festival

The symbolic burning of Effigies was part of the 2015 Dusherra Festival celebrations that took place on Calton Hill. Picture: Jane Barlow

The symbolic burning of Effigies was part of the 2015 Dusherra Festival celebrations that took place on Calton Hill. Picture: Jane Barlow

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CALTON Hill was lit up in a spectacular blaze of colour for the annual Dusherra festival.

The event, organised by the Scottish Indian Arts Forum, attracted thousands of people for a festival of music, dance, food and a symbolic burning of the effigies of the demons to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Dusherra, one of the largest festivals in India, commemorates a ten-day war between the gods and demons thousands of years ago.

This year, the Edinburgh event had a focus on South Indian classical music and dance. The pipes and fiddle performers of Scott Wood Band also entertained with lively Scottish folk music, along with performances by belly dancing group Twisted Tails, and Bhartiya Ashram from Dundee. There was also a children’s marquee with arts and crafts.