Photo Exhibit Highlights Sikhs' Integration to Scottish Culture

February 18, 2006

Source: The Scotsman

On February 18, 2006 The Scotsman reported, "A Sikh tartan, a Punjabi laird and Indian dancing to Scottish folk music are just some of the highlights of a major new exhibition set to open in the Capital. 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. Mr 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... Mr 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 Bangladeshis, Indians, Sri Lankans, Pakistanis and Mauritian people who have put roots down in Scotland. He says he has witnessed a remarkable 'evolution' in the confidence of the South Asian communities living here... He said: 'When I arrived in Scotland, I was amazed to see how "Scottish" the Asian groups I met were.'"