“Our vision is for an inclusive, diverse, and culturally-rich society.”


Where Worlds Meet

Indian Summer produces some of Vancouver’s most distinctive arts + culture events. We present acclaimed international and local artists, connecting Vancouver to itself and the world. We offer our audiences multi-arts experiences of exceptional caliber, curating through a South Asian lens and centering the exciting work of culturally diverse artists. Programming across literature, music, visual arts and the performing arts, we connect rich and complex pasts with the emerging future.

We strive to be loving and fierce, with an audacious curatorial punch that dismantles walls, plays with ideas and provokes necessary dialogue and debate. In doing this, we believe in the transformative power of the arts, and their ability to offer society’s most renewable resource: hope.

Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS) is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit secular arts organization and registered charity.

Years in Review

We’ve Come So Far!

Curious about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come? Feel free to take a trip down memory lane and peruse our festival annual reports from 2011 to 2018.


Our Team

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao

Artistic Director (and ISF Co-founder)
Pawan Deol

Pawan Deol

Events Producer
Anya Rawla

Anya Rawla


Production Assistant

The Production Assistant will help coordinate, manage, and execute all ISF2021 production and technical logistics for virtual and in-person events....

Production Liaison

The Production Liaison will be responsible for coordinating and communicating all ISF2021 production and technical logistics for virtual and in-person...


Our Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Aradhana Seth
Filmmaker, Visual Artist, Designer

Cynnie Woodward
Pillar of the Community

Deepa Mehta, OC
Film Director

Jas Sandhu
President, Brixton Properties

Mandeep Dhaliwal
Partner, Lawson Lundell, LLP

Michael Stevenson
President Emeritus, Simon Fraser University

Pankaj Agarwal
Founder & Managing Partner, Optimus Information Inc.

Prem Gill
CEO, Creative BC

Ratana Stephens
Co-CEO Nature’s Path

Sandy Garossino
Former Crown Prosecutor, Media Commentator

Sukesh Kumar
Partner, KPMG LLP, Canada

Vik Khanna
CEO, National Education Technologies Inc.

Vikram Vij
Chef, Restaurateur, Author