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Asian focus at Scottish festival

Indian culture is a highlight at the New Scots exhibition in Edinburgh starting on March 10.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 11:06 IST

A Sikh tartan, a Punjabi laird and Indians dancing to Scottish folk music are some of the highlights of a major new exhibition set to open in Edinburgh from March 10.

The New Scots exhibition at the National Library of Scotland is a celebration of Scotland's Asian community and will showcase the photographic talents of one of Edinburgh's top Indian restaurateurs.

Amateur snapper Herman Rodrigues, director of Suruchi Indian restaurants in Edinburgh's Nicolson Street and Constitution Street, has managed to boil down 15 years' worth of pictures to a vibrant and colourful 50 for the show.

Rodrigues has spent much of his time since coming to Scotland recording the lives of the Asian community across the country, and in Edinburgh in particular.

He said: "I wanted very much to get away from the stereotype of Asians working only in restaurants or corner shops.

"Nowadays you have so many people coming here to live and work - for example, there are a number of Indians working in the IT department at the Scottish parliament."

The show comes fresh from a tour of Indian cities where it was exhibited courtesy the British Council.

Rodrigues embarked on the ambitious project almost immediately after coming to Edinburgh from Jaipur in India with his wife Abha in 1990.

Ever since, he has been building up a huge visual archive of generations of people from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Mauritius who have put roots down in Scotland.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 11:06 IST