Last Chance to Register for Sports Programs at the Gujarati Cultural Festival!

Thank you all for your ongoing support of the GSBC’s participation in the Gujarati Cultural Festival! As you know, this festival has become so much more than a dance competition. This year, 4 sports competitions have been added to the mix: Badminton, Volleyball, Hockey, and Cricket. We are hoping, with the help of all GSBC members that Vancouver will have a strong presence both for the Dance and Sports portion of this festival. Below is all the up-to-date information on the sports programs:

Sports Competition Information

All of the competitive sports will take place at the Genesis Sports Complex. Transportation will be provided to all out of town participants to and from the designated hotel, Holiday Inn.

Badminton – Ages 16 +

Calgary is planning on having 3 categories for the badminton component of the competition: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, and Mixed doubles. There will be a round robin format followed by a knockout playoffs round.

Volleyball – Ages 16 +

The volleyball tournament will be made up of Indian and International style of play. There will be teams of minimum 8 and maximum of 12 players on each squad playing round robin format followed by a playoff round. Each match will go to 21 points and will be a rally-­‐ point system. Each game must be won by a minimum of 2 points. Players are responsible for their own equipment (eg. knee pads etc.). A maximum of 2 teams per city is eligible to participate.

Floor Hockey – Ages 18+

(Men Only)

Floor hockey tournament will consist of 1 team from each participating city playing a round robin tournament followed by playoffs/final. The number of participating cities will determine the exact format of the tournament. All players will be required to wear helmets, shin pads and gloves. We will be playing 4 on 4, which will require each team to have a minimum of 6 players and a goalie. Each team is required to provide their own equipment. Only composite and plastic blades will be permitted by the facility.

Cricket – Ages 16+

For the first time in the competition’s history Calgary will be hosting an indoor cricket tournament. We have 2 indoor soccer fields within the Genesis Centre where the tournament will take place. Each participating team will be allowed to have 6 – 8 players. We will release more details once they are finalized.

Please contact Niraj Thakore via email ( to confirm your participation in any of the aforementioned events. For the team events please read the minimum and maximum numbers required, and have the team captain provide me a list of all participants’ names and email addresses. If you are unable to form an entire team, we will do our best to join groups of individuals to form teams, however preference will be given to groups who can form an entire team on their own. Each sport participant will be required to pay a $10 registration fee. Register by Friday, July 20th.



Saturday, July 21 – Pub Night at Cat & Fiddle Pub. All ages from 5pm – 9pm, adults only after 9pm. Call Rony for tickets: 604-805-7669 .

Saturday, August 11 – Hawaiian Luau Party. A fun filled evening of food, ente rtainment, and prizes! Stay tuned for details.

Saturday, September 1 – Raas Garba Competition in Calgary. Tickets now on sale!


B-Unit 2011 Performance

Presenting The 2011 Diwali Show B-Unit Performance. We always kept note this team has stepped away from the normal and this is no different. The Visuals are amazing, the effects are apparent and the dance speaks for itself. Be sure to check out the brand Video by the B-Unit highlighting their 2011 performance.

Watch Now: Born To Be United

Raas Garba Competition 2012 – Get Ready!

Mark your calendars, the Western Canada Raas Garba Competition is taking place in Calgary, Alberta over the September long weekend (August 31-September 2, 2012) and we are looking for you to participate!

Over the last two decades, this competition has evolved into an all-encompassing North American Gujarati Cultural Festival, which includes socials, the legendary dance competition, sports competitions, seminars, raas and garba nights, and opening and closing parties. This festival has preserved and enriched the Gujarati culture across Western Canada and has provided our communities with countless opportunities to increase awareness and promote Gujarati dance, music and art to the Canadian cultural landscape.

In 2010, Vancouver had a clean sweep – taking first place in Youth Folk by the VanGopis, Adult Garba by Lady Garba, and Adult Co-Ed Raas by CobRaas. For those of you who weren’t a part of the 2010 troupe, check out some of the footage and highlights here. This year, we will be sending three new teams to compete in Calgary with the hopes of expanding Vancouver’s dancing roster and keeping the first place trophies in Beautiful British Columbia.

We are seeking Metro Vancouver-based South Asian male or female dancers practicing traditional, modern, contemporary or classical dance, or if you are simply interested in exploring the Gujarati art culture and becoming a part of a folk group contingent to represent Vancouver in Calgary this year.

The GSBC will be taking three teams to compete:
Youth Folk (ages 13-17)
Adult Garba (ages 18+)
Adult Co-Ed Raas (ages 18+)

REGISTER HERE by Wednesday, March 28th


Friday, March 30 will be an information session where you will meet the board and go over the details and schedule of the weekend in Calgary, and general rules and regulations of the competition. The audition date and details will be released then.

Choreographers: If you want to choreograph or help manage a team, please contact Sheila Siekham via email

Volunteers: If you want to volunteer for the organizing committee or for performer services, logistics, finance and marketing subcommittees, contact Junita Thakorlal via email

On behalf of the Raas Garba 2012 Committee, we want to thank you for your continued support.


Rajan Raniga
Raas Garba 2012 Committee

GSBC Navratri Festival – Thank You

Dear Members and Friends,

As you all know, GSBC has just completed a major series of community events: Navratri, Disco Dandiya, and Sharad Purnima. The feedback we have received from our community is positively overwhelming and most gratifying. Behind any major undertaking, there is a silent, dedicated and hardworking group of individuals whose efforts cannot go unnoticed and must be applauded and appreciated. First and foremost is our entire community: without your continued support, our efforts would have been in vain to have hosted such a successful event. Please accept our sincerest Thank You to each and every one of you. We look forward to your continued support. To our many donors and sponsors, we owe you our deepest gratitude. To our seniors volunteers that worked tirelessly in preparing Prasad for Navratri, snacks and tea every night: we greatly appreciate your sacrifice and effort and pass our heartfelt gratitude. A big Thank You to our local and talented live band, The Melody Makers for making the event memorable and an absolute blast. To the many volunteers and board members in our community who undertook numerous and difficult tasks, we cannot say Thank You enough.  We know who you are and we are forever grateful for your hard work and support.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Thank you,

The Gujarati Society of British Columbia

“I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.”
-Steve Nash, Professional Basketball Player