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YEAR OF INDIA 2011 CELEBRATIONS IN CANADA

Year of India 2011 in Canada (YOI): Pursuant to the announcement made by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada in November 2009 in New Delhi, Prime Minister Stephan Harper officially inaugurated Year of India on March 4, 2011, at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.  Among the Indian dignitaries who officiated at various Year of India events included Ms. PreneetKaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State (HRD), Mr. ArunMaira, Member, Planning Commission, Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Mr. ArjunMunda, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Mr. Neiphiu Rio, and Mr. Suresh Prabhu, former Minister of Power.

Over a hundred events have been held across Canada on the occasion.  India’s rich, diverse and vibrant culture has been presented through dance, music, drama, fine arts, literature, cuisine, films and Bollywood.  In Addition to this cultural munificence,Year of India became a celebration of the extensive and rapidly growing relationship between India and Canada in virtually all areas.  For the first time ever a Higher Education Summit  followed by an Innovation Summit was held in Ottawa under the Year of India umbrella.  PravasiBharatiya Divas, a major diaspora event, was inaugurated in Toronto by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston.  An India Trade Show with the participation of over 150 engineering goods manufacturers from India was organised in Toronto.  The grand finale to a very successful Year of India was provided by the Diwali celebrations in Ottawa which was graced by the Canadian Prime Minister Harper Stephen, his senior colleagues and other dignitaries.  The High Commission of India, Ottawa has issued a publication in an effort to capture the highlights of Year of India 2011.  A brief description of some of major events/functions organized during 2011 are given below:-


Sl.No.

Event/Function

Date(s) in 2011

Venue

    1.

Media Launch Year of India in Canada 2011

January 22

Carleton University, Ottawa

    2.

Doing Business with India Telfer India Forum

January 23

Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa

    3.

UstadAmjad Ali Khan performances

3-12 March,

Ottawa, Saskatoon, Montreal & Edmonton

    4.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada officially inaugurates Year of India in Canada 2011

March 4

Carleton University, Ottawa

    5.

Shakunthalam in Kathak
Style by Natyalakshana Group

11-13 March

Winnipeg & Ottawa

    6.

“Parikrama” by Rock and Roll Band of Delhi

March 14

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Ottawa

    7.

Fusion Dance by Tanusree Shankar

March 23 – April 8

Ottawa, Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina & Montreal

    8.

Ticket to Bollywood Musical by Shubra Bharadwaj

March 20 – April 1

Ottawa & Montreal

    9.

Kathakali from Kerala Kalamandalam

March 29 – April 1

Ottawa & Toronto

    10.

Celebration of Indian Writing

27 April – May 4

Montreal, Ottawa and Regina

    11.

Canadian Tulip Festival, Nomadic Fair & Master Craftsmen by Meenakshi&VinayRai

13 May – June 6

Ottawa, Montreal, Brampton, Regina & Edmonton

    12.

Violin Concert by
Dr.L.Subramaniam
&AmbiSubramaniam

2-9 June

Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary

    13.

PravasiBharatiya Divas India Diaspora Day

June 9-10

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

    14.

World Premiere of “TAJ” LataPadaSampradaya Dance Creation

June 10

Toronto

    15.

India Canada Education Summit

June 20

Carleton University, Ottawa

    16.

India-Canada Innovation Summit

June 20-21

Carleton University, Ottawa

    17.

Indian Film Festival on the following themes:Raj Kapoor& The Golden Age of Indian Cinema;Contemporary Indian Cinema; and, Tagore On Film

August 11 – October 1

Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Hamilton, Halifax, St.John’s Waterloo, Lethbridge& Victoria

    18.

On the occasion of India’s 65th Independence Day - Kuchipudi Dance Group of Guru JayaramaRao, GurumaVanashreeRao&Kathak by KumudiniLakhiaKadamb Group

August 13-28

Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kingston, Edmonton, St.John’s, Halifax & Fredericton 

    19.

Hindustani Vocal by Pt.Rajan&Pt.SajanMisra

August 13-20

Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & Edmonton

    20.

Inauguration of India-Canada Centre for Science, Technology, Trade and Policy

August 15

Carleton University, Ottawa

    21.

Kuchipudi Dance by Guru JayaramaRao and VanashreeRao

August 18 – Sept 1

Regina, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Calgary, Victoria, Winnipeg & Ottawa

    22.

Unveiling of India’s Noble Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath  Tagore’s Poem

Sept 23

On the wall of the Promenade de la Poesie City of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City

    23.

Unveiling of Statue of Mahatma Gandhi

October 2

Carleton University, Ottawa

    24.

Eminent Lecture Series by Prof.BharatGupt,
Associate Professor,
Delhi University

Oct 10-24

Queen’s University, Kigsnston, Carleton University, Ottawa & McMaster University, Hamilton

    25.

Indian Art Exhibition “Moderns” from Lalit Kala Akademi

Oct 13 – Jan 4, 2012

Canada Science & Technology Museum, Gatineau

    26.

The India Show by EEPC India CMTS

Oct 17-20

Toronto

    27.

Diwali Concert IlaArun Show

Oct 18-29

Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Regina, Saskatoon & Winnipeg

    28.

National Diwali Celebration with Parliamentarians

Oct 20

Ottawa

    29.

Indian Authors from SahityaAkademi

Oct 24-29

Ottawa & Vancouver

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