This year's event drew everyone from Mayor Gregor Robertson to Creative B.C. CEO Prem Gill to political commentator and writer Sandy Garossino.
The Indian Summer festival runs until July 15 at a variety of venues; for the full lineup of events, you can visit the website.
The headliner is legendary Indian bansuri master and composer Hariprasad Chaurasia, who was a good friend and musical partner of Beatles guitarist George Harrison. The Indian musician's other collaborators in the past have included Yehudi Menuhin, John McLaughlin, and Shivkumar Sharma.
In addition, Chaurasia's music anchored some of the most memorable films by famed Bollywood director Yash Chopra, including Silsila (starring Amitabh Bachchan and Reka) and Chandni (starring Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor).
Chaurasia will perform at the Orpheum Theatre next Saturday (July 14).
For more on last night's opening gala, here are a few snapshots that I took with my trusty phone: