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We are a not-for-profit Society of the name Raghupriya Arts and Culture society. We are often also referred to by our festival / brand name Diwali in B.C. We have been in operation since January 2017.  


The purposes of our Society are:


To encourage  and advance public participation and appreciation of the arts by:

  • Creating, developing, producing and presenting annual arts festival/s and a year-round season of artistic programming that provide artistic performances, events, and exhibitions of diverse cultural and artistic perspectives

  • Providing arts-related instructional and educational workshops, trainings, seminars, discussion groups, reading series and events to the public.


Our Board of Directors are the following: 


Chandni Appadurai

Neeraja Aptikar

Adil Sylvester Pereira

Koraljka Roy

Shiraz Ramji


Diwali in B.C. is honoured to have its home on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations. Diwali in B.C., which is produced by the Raghupriya Arts and Culture Society, is a festival founded by Rohit Chokhani during its launch year of 2017. Diwali in B.C. is an annual multicultural, multi-disciplinary, and inclusive festival that aims to showcase artists from diverse backgrounds and different abilities, and celebrate the festival of lights during the annual Indian New Year. It is an artistically mandated non-denominational non-religious festival. Everyone is Welcome to participate and celebrate the multi-cultural demographics of our artists and communities here in Canada.

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