TGIF is recognized as TOP 2 Festivals in Ottawa and Top 25 Festivals in Ontario by FEO (Festivals & Events of Ontario)

The Great India Festival: Maha Bharatotsav Program

Celebrations Featuring a Decade of Vibrancy and Indian Dance, Music, Food, Art & Culture 


The Great India Festival is a not-for-profit organization run by a dedicated and passionate team of more than fifty organizers and 400 volunteers. It is recognized as one of the top 4 Festivals in Ottawa in 2022.

The festival is organized in “7” key elements to building Ottawa’s profile by celebrating the heritage of Indian Dance forms, Music ensembles, Art Workshops,  Informative and Educative Panel discussions, Yoga for well-being, Cuisine to spice the life and Essay competition to build and engage younger generation at large to think about Canada. 

Past 2023 event

Pandit Satyaki Datta, Sarod

Sarod, instrumental music accompanied by Sri Ravi S. K. Singh on tabla

KHOJ, Kathak Dance

Kathak dance

Past events

TKSN Dance Academy


Kodava Dance

Folk dance of Karnataka, India

Smt. Maitri Nuthalapati

Kuchipudi Dance

Dr. Radha Jetty

Ardhanareeswara, Bharathanatyam Dance

Prashanti School of Dance

Bharatanatyam Dance

Gharana Arts: Kathak Tayyari

Dance and Live Music


Kathak Dance

Gharana Arts: Tabla

Tabla Jugalbandi

Kshetram Fine Arts School of Dance, Montreal

Bharatanatyam and Folk dance

Past events


Sri Prasanna, Guitar

Indian Classical Carnatic music on a modern electric guitar. Accompanied by Sri Yayo Serka on drums and Sri Nitin Mitta on tabla

Past events

Elegant Groovers

Multilingual Cine dance

TKSN Dance Academy


Kum. Tanna Samanta

Bengali Dance

Agarathi Dance Academy (ADA)

Semi classical and folk dance based on a theme

Kum. Sophia Salingaros

Bharata Natyam

Smt. Radhika Pillai & Smt. Himani Agarwal

Katha Natyam :

A mesmerizing Jugalbandi of Kathak and Bharatanatyam

Kalavatee Dance Centre

Tribute to a Legend: Salil Chowdhury

Musical Dance Drama

Sri Prasanna, Guitar

Indian Classical Carnatic music on a modern electric guitar

Panel Discussion

Past events


Pandit Pankaj Mishra, Sarangi

Accompanied by Sri Ravi S. K. Singh on tabla

Gharana Arts: Vidhushi Kasturi Mishra, Kathak

Our Stories in Motion: Weaving Myth, Tradition and Movement.

Accompanied by Sri Ravi S. K. Singh on tabla, Pandit Pankaj Mishra on Sarangi, Sri Vignesh Chandrasekaran on Harmonium, and Smt. Rashmi Venkateswaran as Vocalist

Past events

Sri Hardeep Buckshi, Geets and Ghazals

A Journey of Indian Music (Geet & Ghazals) with Sri Hardeep Buckshi and Sargam. Accompanied by Sri  Santosh Shail on  Guitar and Sri Vignesh Chandrasekaran on Tabla

Smt. Yamini Saripalli, Kuchipudi

Renowned Kuchipudi dancer and disciple of gurus Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and his son, Sri Vempati Ravi Shankar

Past events

Nrityashala Dance School

Rangeela- a fusion of love, hope and joy

Smt. Deeksha Arya & Kum. Maitri Arya

Ananda Natanam: Bharatanatyam

Gharana Arts: Vidhushi Kasturi Mishra, Kathak

Our Stories in Motion: Weaving Myth, Tradition and Movement.

Past events

Smt. Meghna Banerjee

Kathak performance

Smt. Richa Pandey

Bollywood Dance Mix

Ms. Aaradhya Swain

Odissi Classical dance

Sri Hardeep Buckshi

Geet & Ghazals 

Heritage exhibits at the festival

Meet our Vendors at the Event

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