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Diwali in BC - Festival of Arts & Culture

Reception 6:00 pm
Performance 7:00 pm

Tickets $30 Regular | $ 20 Youth | $10 Child under 12
** GET YOUR BOLLYWOOD ON!” Dance Workshop PLUS Ticket to Diwali in BC $40**

Featuring Shiamak Dance from Vancouver and Special Guests PLUS Local Dancers!

Diwali in Cranbrook is a joyous multicultural showcase extravaganza featuring numerous dance & musical performances by local groups & professional headliners who will have you up & dancing in the aisles! Join us for an intercultural celebration of Diwali’s “victory of light over darkness!”

 
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SPECIAL GUESTS
Classical Sitar Player Mohamed Assani
is a celebrated sitar player known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition. Throughout his extensive career, he has brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of his instrument. He has performed Hindustani classical music as well as his own original music across the globe - with orchestras, string quartets, hip hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, Indian & Pakistani classical artists - and as a soloist. Mohamed has been invited to present his music to royalty and heads of state, including the Governor General of Canada, Royal Family of Dubai and HRH Prince Karim Aga Khan.

Ashvini Sundaram is a Bharatanatyam performance artist receiving ongoing training from multi-award winning and highly sought after danseuse, Guru Rama Vaidyanathan, in India. Ashvini began her journey in dance at the tender age of 2 and completed her arangetram in year 2008 in Singapore. She is also trained in ballet, contemporary dance and Carnatic music, and is the recipient of Mihika Arts Award for Special Recognition in dance.

Born into a family of musicians, Gurdit Singh Namdhari promises to be a great Tabla player. He started Tabla training at the age of seven under the guidance of Ustad Late Shri Avtar Singh Namdhari Ji. Thereafter, he continued training at the age of nine under the guidance of Late Padma Bhushan Pandit Samta Prasad Ji alias Gudai Maharaj Ji. He gave his first tabla performance with Guru Ji at the age of eleven at Kamai Auditorium. He is an approved artist with All India Radio.
He has performed all over India including Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banglore, Punjab, Delhi, Kanpur, Pillani, etc. He has won many titles in tabla solo and group performances. He has performed in concert with Shubha Mudgal Ji at Celebration Gardens in Gurgaon for the launch party of Lladro and has accompanied Meeta Pandit, L.K. Pandit, Shubha Mudgal, Rajan Sajan Misra, Sukhmoy Banerjee, Jiternder Pal Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Gurdev Singh and Sukhdev Singh, etc. "He is a humble, promising, and intelligent tabla player".

 

We are thrilled to be working with Rohit Chokhani Artistic Director of Diwali in BC, Curator for Diwali in Cranbrook, Creator for the show Journey to South Asia which will be featured for Diwali in Cranbrook.

Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts curator, as well as a director and cultural leader. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for Diwali in B.C. Rohit was awarded the prestigious 'Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award' in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for 'Significant Artistic Achievement' (2017) and recipient of the Shiamak Vancouver Community Award (by Bollywood star choreographer Shiamak Davar) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Entertainment and Theatre Arts (2017). He is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable and sustainable.

 
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** Get Your Bollywood On ! Dance Workshop Thursday October 10 at 6:30 pm
Workshop is led by one of the Shiamak dancers!
Learn the cultural context of Diwali and Bollywood style dance moves!
$40 Fee includes a ticket to the Friday October 11 performance.
**Choose your seat to the October 11 performance for $40 and you are registered for the workshop.
Limited tickets. Book Today!

 

Earlier Event: 9 October
Rockies Film Series:Wild Rose
Later Event: 16 October
Ivan Coyote