Fire, music and dance set Calton Hill alight

Dusherra Festival on Calton Hill

LIVE music, traditional dance an the burning of effigies along with a firework display are set to bring the Calton Hill alive this weekend when more than 3000 people are expected to enjoy the Scottish Indian Arts Forum’s (SIAF) celebration of Dusherra.

Dusherra is one of the largest festivals in India, which commemorates the 10-day war and victory of Lord Rama over the Demon king Ravana, thousands of years ago.

It is celebrated as a victory of good over evil, a universal message celebrated through festivals across the world.

Featuring Scottish and Indian music and dance, this year’s event highlight is the burning of three 25 feet high wooden effigies of demon kings.

For the tenth year running the effigies will be built by the inmates of HM Saughton Prison.

No Indian event is ever complete without a curry and Dusherra is no different, with food stalls selling North Indian and South Indian food adding to the occasion.

This year, the food is being supplied by Kama Sutra Restaurant and Shri Bhima’s Restaurant.

The SIAF, which is run by volunteers has been celebrating Dusherra with great enthusiasm and the participation of a wide section of the community for more than a decades now, with all funds generated going into organising the event.

This year, Dusherra’s cultural programme focuses on music and dances from both North and South Indian with a fusion of Scottish talent also taking part.

The Scottish Indian Arts Forum, a registered charity, has been promoting Indian arts and culture since 1994.

Dusherra is its flagship annual event and believed to be the largest celebration of the Indian community in Scotland.

SIAF-Dusherra ’17 will be held on Sunday 8 October, from 3pm-8.30pm. Entry is free

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