Indian Summer festival opening attracts a large crowd

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      Last night, people were lined up around the block in Chinatown to attend the grand opening of the Indian Summer festival, which continues in Vancouver until July 12.

      It featured a culinary tour of South Asia curated by chef Vikram Vij at the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

      It drew university presidents (Andrew Petter and Arvind Gupta), former and current politicians (Joyce Murray, Sam Sullivan, and Wally Oppal), writers, and even some community activists, such as Imtiaz Popat and David Wong.

      Tonight, the festival programming continues with three events.

      • Poets Priscila Uppal and Renée Saklikar will give a presentation called One Life Isn't Enough at 6 p.m. at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's.

      Indian Summer in the Park features a free showing of Bend It Like Beckham in Victory Square at 7 p.m.

      • I'll moderate a discussion with writer Rana Dasgupta on the evolution of capitalism in an emerging megalopolis. He's the author of Capital: A Portrait of Delhi in the Twenty-First Century. It takes place at 8 p.m. at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's.

      Below, you can see some of the people who attended the opening last night.

      NDP communications officer Veeno Dewan and architect and graphic artist David Wong.
      Charlie Smith
      SFU's director of international partnerships and protocol, Yusuf Varachia, and SFU's director of international development, Shaheen Nanji.
      Cultural historian and Vision Vancouver park-board candidate Naveen Girn.
      Charlie Smith
      Writer, educator, and diversity expert Meharoona Ghani
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      Indian Summer Festival artistic director Sirish Rao and Vancouver–False Creek Liberal MLA Sam Sullivan.