The South Canterbury Indian Cultural Society (SCICS) based in Timaru, which was formed in 2012, has been recognised for “taking Timaru on a colourful journey for greater diversity” at the Trustpower Timaru District Community Awards (under arts and culture category) this year.

The town's Mayor Damon Odey, while noting acknowledging the community’s contribution, presented the award to SCICS members at a glittering function held at the Timaru District Council chambers on July 31.       

Expressing her gratefulness to the jury, Geeta Muralidharan, President of the society said, “This is the recognition of our society being the only ethnic grouping in South Canterbury, which brings together Indians and people of Indian origin from across the region on a common platform.

People from Timaru, Waimate, Fairlie, Tekapo and Geraldine, all attend our Holi, Diwali, Navratri celebrations. Additionally, the wider community also gets to experience our rich Indian heritage and culture by becoming a part of our events.”

Last week, SCICS also celebrated Indian Independence Day in Timaru, the highlight of which was a children's colouring event where everyone was encouraged to paint the Indian tricolour, Ms Muralidharan said.