Indian Summer is a meteorological phenomenon referring to an unexpectedly sunny period, and Vancouver experienced just that during the Indian Summer Festival.

Sure not all the days were literally sunny, but we like to think that the skies shined great arts, culture, literature, and ideas on the city instead. Indian Summer Festival brought together a mix of international actors, poets, artists, writers, musicians and thinkers for an inspiring ten days of arts and culture, which began with a swanky opening featuring the who’s who of Vancouver’s South Asian community, and culinary delights curated by celebrity chef Vikram Vij. Checkout our gallery below for event photographs.

TV Host and Bollywood encyclopedia, Kamal Sharma (right)

Jugni Style Founders Joti Dhesi + Manjot Bains

Manjot Bains, Harbir Toor, Tej Singh, Vikram Vij

VIBC Society’s Manpreet Dhillon and Min

Pirouz Ebadypour, Mita Naidu + models dressed in Lotus Eye

Canadian Artists

Actress Veena Sood with Canadian artists

Ashwin Sood enjoys great food with celebrity chef, Vikram Vij

Raj Arneja from Nanak Foods and friends

Sandy and Preet Pandher

Barinder Bhullar + Manpreet Dhillon

Selena Sandhu with friend

Global News Canada’s Jas Johal + his lovely partner

Artistic Director Sirish Rao with Minister of State for Multiculturalism Hon. John Yap



Writer Anosh Irani with friend

Looking dapper in blue, Sanjoy Roy from Teamworks





Vikram Vij serves Renu Bakshi

Vikram Vij with Festival Managing Director, Laura Byspalko

Industry insider and musician, Anil

Kamal (left) + Mrs. Sharma, Shushma Datta (right) + friend

Photography: Jugni Style with photos by Aziz Dhamani