I have had the privilege of being part of Shruthi Adelaide for the better part of 18 years, and was honored to lead the organisation as President in 2012. In that time, I have seen it evolve to become the premier platform for South Indian Arts and culture in South Australia. It has built a considerable reputation for providing high quality classical music and dance concerts by attracting world-renowned artists as well being an incubator for the development of local talent. However, its impact on its members and the wider community far exceeds that of a mere entertainment provider. First and foremost, it provides a welcoming community for individuals, couples and families to connect with like minded others and stay in touch with the South Indian culture. When you become a member, you do not simply join an organisation, you become part of a vibrant community. In this age of social “networking”, where you can meet and connect with people at a whim, Shruthi Adelaide’s offering is remarkably different. You will not just meet people; you will make friends for life. I should mention that I am not an avid enthusiast of South Indian classical art forms, by any stretch of the imagination. However, the feeling of community, the opportunities to experience and promote the cultural arts and form long lasting relationships have added far greater value to my life than I could have ever envisaged.