Our vision is to become the preeminent organization for promoting and developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the multicultural splendour and heritage of India, in all its facets, among Canadians.


Our mission is to offer the visitors and residents of the National Capital Region a world-class opportunity to experience and personally learn about the traditions, culture and heritage of India – and thus promote multi-cultural understanding, appreciation, harmony and peace; and enhance inter-cultural connectivity in Canada.


  • Showcase high quality Indian music and dance programs
  • Engage our patrons with interactive and participatory programs that both entertain and educate about culture and heritage of India
  • Present nutritious and tasty authentic ethnic food from different regions of India
  • Present workshops that nourish the Body and Mind: on Wellness, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Arts, Dance and Cooking
  • Organize discourses, discussions and debates on Indian inspired Culture and Philosophy
  • Maintain a repository on sources of information on subjects including the Cultures, Festivals, Music and Dances, Philosophies, Literature and Cuisine of India.

TGIF Achievements

TGIF has become a landmark event in the Nation’s Capital, due to its dedicated

Volunteers, magnificent and spectacular performances by renowned artists.

TGIF to-date has hosted over 300 music, dance and performing art shows, 200+ workshops and 100 Art Exhibits and has sponsorship support from over 100 organizations.

TGIF provided strong encouragement and a platform for numerous budding as well as established Canadian Talented Artists.

The festival is well known among the International Cultural Community and has been able to attract eminent artists from India like Sujatha Mahapatra, Kavitha Krishnamurthy, Raghu Dixit Group, L.Subramanyam to name a few.

Our festival is recognized as one of the top 40 Cultural festivals in North America.

TGIF Achievements

TGIF conducted a successful virtual event stepping up to the challenge posed during the 2020 pandemic crisis. 12000 patrons participated and many Artists performed to support our festival.

Increasing number of patrons annually, with over 20,000 in 2018 reflects the high quality and attractiveness of our programming.

TGIF has hosted its own program in Canadian Tulip Festival for more than five years.

TGIF is recognized by Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments as a valuable asset to Canadians, through their grants to the Festival.

We were able to reach to more than 100,000 people through our various programs in the National Capital Region and neighboring cities.

Our festival was covered by few popular International Television
Channels and also was broadcast live reaching out to millions of world-wide audience.


His Excellency Ajay Bisaria 

High Commissioner of India to Canada

Mr. Cuckoo Kochar

President, CEO and Founder of
DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies

Board of Directors

Prof. Rao Nanduri


Dr. Bala Brahmanandam Madaparthi


Ms. Priya Chandran


Mr. Dinesh Mohan


TGIF 2021 Executive Team

Dr. Bala Brahmanandam Madaparthi


Ms. Priya Chandran

AVP, Programs 

Mr. Anil D’Souza

VP, Food & Drinks

Mr. Abhijit Potdar

AVP, Food & Drinks

Ms. Angie Szola

Director, Food & Drinks

Ms. Sumana Achar

VP, Development

Mr. Shibu Varghese

AVP, Development

Ms. Swetha Jonnalagadda

Director, Development

Ms. Priti Luhadia

Director, Development

Ms. Roopa Sree Tungaturthi

VP, Marketing and Communications

Mr. Ramana Nagineni

AVP, Marketing & Communications

Mr. Surendranadh Muramalla

Director, Artistic Promotions

Mr. Udham Singh

Volunteer Coordinator

TGIF 2021 Organizing Team

Ms. Aishwarya Srivatsan

Mr. Amit Cherian

Ms. Anupama Potdar

Ms. Aruvita Aggarwal

Ms. Bhargavi Shankar

Ms. Deepa Srinivasan

Ms. Girija Waghray

Ms. Jagruthi Bandaru

Ms. Karishma Erraballi

Ms. Kavitha Menon

Ms. Kirti Dilip

Ms. Nisha Mapara

Ms. Padma Madiraju

Ms. Pallavi Swaranjali

Mr. Premji Kerai

Mr. Premnath Chiruvella

Ms. Priya Luhadia

Ms. Priya Puri

Ms. Priya Sharma

Mr. Raghavendra Rampur

Ms. Reshma Shalini Ammu

Ms. Saakshi Churi

Mr. Sekaran Krishnan

Ms. Smitha Venkata Upamaka

Ms. Sreelakshmi Sudeesh Kumar

Ms. Suman Mahajan

Ms. Supraja Sundara Rajan

Ms. Veena Sharma

Mr. Venkatesh Viswanadh Mugada