NAAD Foundation hosted a three-day arts festival that included music, dance and literature. The events were held over the Thanksgiving weekend on October 11, 12, and 13.
Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk attended the Poetry Mushaira on October 11. The music concert, held the following day, began with three rhythmic tabla ensembles performed by three different group of students of Naad. This was followed by a Fusion Instrumental piece. The fusion group called Saanjh featured Dr. Bruce (flute), Vidya (guitar), Surinder S. (drums), Baljit S. (dilruba), and Amarjeet S. (tabla). A performance by the legendary classical vocalist Pt. Yash Paul Ji of the Agra Gharana followed. Tabla teacher of Naad Foundation Amarjeet Singh played the tabla with his senior students and also accompanied the legendary Pt. Yash Paul. Mohan Bhide accompanied on harmonium.
The dance and films event took place on the final day. The evening featured performances by students of Sudnya Dance Academy (Bharatnatyam), Surrey India Dance Club (Bhangra), and Naad Dance Club (Giddha). Two short films were featured as well: Aab, which highlighted the importance of protecting our environment and One Day, which was on the abandonment some elders face in the Indo-Canadian community.