Team Vancouver ready to take the stage in Calgary for Western Canada’s Largest Dance Competition

Aaaaand we’re off!!

Well, almost. Just a few days left to go before our 3 Teams – Folk Nation, Chaniya Chokris, and RaasCity take off for Calgary this week.

Our final fundraiser Hawaiian Luau held on August 11 was a HUGE success. We were sold out with 350 tickets and were supported by the Gujarat Seniors Society Cooking Team with the food generously donated by Kamlaben Ladva, as well as Samosas donated from Indian Life Food Corporation and buns donated by Vege Delight Bakery.  We managed to raise $10,500 Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make this event a success:


$2,500 G&F Financial Group

$5,000 Divyesh Gadhia

$1,000 Dr. Bhasker Thakore

Community Partners:

$801 Dr. Smeeta Ranchod

$501 Dr. Harilal Thakorlal

$501  Pravinbhai & Mayuriben Jogia

$501 Sharat & Jyotie Chande

$500 Taruna Panchal

$500 Ananta Chowhan

$400 Mr. Ashok Badiani (for the VanGopis)

$351 Arvind Thakore

$251 Rasikhbhai & Bhartiben

$250 Parag & Nehal Bavishi

$250 Mukesh Chhanabhai

$200 Hitesh Panchal

$151 Narendra Amin

$151 Jitendra Desai

$101 Mansukhlal Chauhan

$100.25 Narsibhai & Manjulaben Dhokia

$101 Rajubhai Gajjar

$101 Shri Sharadbhai Pandit

$101 Vinodbhai Bhatt

$101 Mirch Masala Group

$51 Vraj Sudra

$51 Sureshbhai Desai

$51 Deviben Thakore

$30 Nitinbhai Bhuva

$25.25 Kishore Sawjani

$25 Jasuben Mistry

$20 Jasuben Amin

$10 Kevin Patel

$10 Nimi Virani

$5 Anish Pabari

To become a community partner or to donate, please click here.

With all of your generous donations and sponsorships, as well as the fundraising efforts of all three teams and the GSBC Raas Garba organizing committee, we have managed to raise a total of $45,000.00 but we are still short. This means that although we will pay for the travel and accommodations of the participants, the food will not be covered. All participants will need to pay for their own food during the trip. Again, your generous donations will be much appreciated.

If you are interested in coming to Calgary for the Gujarati Cultural Festival, please make arrangements according to the below:

Calgary Gujarati Cultural Festival Details

Event Schedule:

Friday, August 31 is the Evening Social Mixer for all youth.

Saturday, September 1 at 1:30pm is the Western Canada Raas Garba Competition. The order is Garba, Youth, and then Raas. We have 4 tickets available, contact for information or you can visit the Epcor Jack Singer Hall directly at

Saturday, September 1 at 7pn is the Dandiya Dhamaka featuring famous performers from Toronto, Pramesh Nandi & Group – at Genesis Centre. Tickets available $15 at door (includes $5 food coupon).

Sunday September 2 from 9am to 4pm is a FREE EVENT at the Genesis Centre – Arts, History, Health & Wellness Seminars, Yoga, Rangoli, and Sporting Activities.  Fun event for entire family and it is FREE!

Sunday September 2 at 6:30pm is the Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation at the Commonwealth Centre. If you are have not yet purchased your tickets, please contact the following:

Vinay Dattani Tel: 403.280.6241
Bhasker Thankey Tel: 403.242.9787
Kalpesh Trivedi Tel: 403.561.0897


Hotel information:

  • Holiday Inn, 1250 McKinnon Drive N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E7T7.
  • Group Booking Code: GCF (For Discounted rate from August 30 – September 03, 2012).
  • Contact: 403-230-1999 or Toll free 1-877-519-7113
  • We have one room that we are looking to fill for anyone searching for roommates, contact


  • Shuttle bus is $175/person return. Contact Roy Pala for information about space available 604-808-1040 or


  • Fly with WestJet – 20% Discount on best available fare from August 30 – September 03, 2012. Convention Code: CC7511, Booking Contact: 1-888-493-7853

See you all in Calgary!

Rajan Raniga

President, GSBC

Festival Chair, Gujarati Cultural Festival – Team Vancouver


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!