The Greatest Show on Earth!

Okay, okay…so I’m biased since 1. I’m a gujju and 2. I’m part of the Gujarati Society of BC Executive team. These reasons validate me being proud of my heritage and of my fellow Gujarati’s living here in Vancouver that are able to band together year after year to put together an outstanding stage show!

Don’t believe me? Check out this sneak peek from our 2011 show:

250 participants, countless hours of practices, colourful costumes, and a near sold out crowd, the countdown begins to the best Diwali Show the Gujarati Society of BC has produced to date! But we need your help: the cost for food alone for our participants and choreographers is approximately $2,500. Your generous donations and sponsorship will help us pay for this. Advertising in the program guide is offered at $100 for full page colour, and $50 for half page colour. Or you can join our volunteer crew, any help you can provide us is much appreciated. Contact Rajan Raniga at rajan@gsbc.ca.

Presented by G & F Financial Group, this year’s show features our award winning Raas and Garba teams: The Chaniya Chokri’s, RaasCity, and Folk Nation. We are so very proud of our teams who won 2 gold and 1 silver at the Gujarati Cultural Festival this past September.

Saturday, November 17 at 7.30pm at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam. For tickets, call Nisha at 604-763-1554. The show sells out every year so make sure you get yours soon!

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Junita Thakorlal is the Vice President of the GSBC. For marketing and sponsorship enquiries, contact junita@gsbc.ca. 
 
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Navratri Festival hits BCIT…Again

Buckle up and hop on a cultural roller-coaster filled with vibrant colours, creative costumes and a packed gymnasium that will be celebrating Navratri at BCIT.

The annual South Asian festival is an opportunity to meet fellow members in the community and learn a few dance moves alongside hundreds of talented individuals. From minors to seniors, students to toddlers, everyone is invited to celebrate.

It has been nearly two decades that the festival hit the lower mainland but it needed a spark to rejuvenate the cause and illustrate that it is more of a celebration rather than a religious event. That spark has been ignited since BCIT got into the picture and marketing student, Preetal Bhatt notes that the campuses’ involvement is increasing the excitement.

“It is a great feeling to be a student at BCIT and have Navratri celebrated and represented. It is such an exuberant festival and it draws huge crowds, which is not only great for the campus but it caters to a lot of students who are curious and want to get a taste of the culture,” explained Bhatt.

Every year the festival is hosted by the Gujarati Society of British Columbia, a cultural, charitable, and educational non-profit organization. The society is one of the largest cultural organizations in the Lower Mainland, with thousands of Gujarati-speaking members and supporters.

President of the Guajarati Society, Rajan Raniga did not hesitate to host the festival at BCIT for the second year in a row. After gaining popularity amongst the South Asian community, the festival is beginning to cross borders and increase interest within other communities.

“A lot of youth outside the Guajarati community come out to celebrate Navratri. We as a society always emphasize the youth to get involved because it the youth who keep the culture going and bring their millennial perspective to the table,” said Raniga.

Strap on those dancing shoes because the festival is making its way on campus on October 19th, 20th, and 27th.  Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
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Ronil Desai is a Youth Ambassador for the Gujarati Society of British Columbia. 

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:

Sponsors:

$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 junita@gsbc.ca for information or you can visit the Epcor Jack Singer Hall directly at http://www.epcorcentre.org

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 rpala@shaw.ca.

Transportation:

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

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