Celebrate the Year of India in Canada and enjoy some of the finest South Asian music, film, literature, dance, cuisine, yoga and more at Vancouver’s first Indian Summer Festival.

This weekend alone, you can take in a performance by world-renowned Indian violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam, pick up a few moves at a free Bollywood dance class, and explore yoga and ayurveda through talks and demos.

Then celebrated authors Hari Kunzru and Vancouver’s Anosh Irani take the stage to talk writing, travel, politics and influences; renowned journalists Taurn Tejpal and Terry Gould discuss their role in modern democracy and the perils they face; and several top writers talk shop at A Literary Afternoon Tea on the Terrace.

The fest’s many film offerings are equally diverse, and include a retelling of Macbeth set in the underworld of Bombay and My Name is Khan – the highest-grossing Bollywood film ever shown outside India – which tackles tolerance and mental health.

Then world-famous Indian fusion chef and cookbook author Vikram Vij leads a music-infused culinary journey that will make taste buds from all nations sing.

The Indian Summer Festival runs at SFU Woodward’s through July 17. For more info and a schedule, visit indiansummerfestival.ca. [Source: theglobeandmail.com]


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