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The India Association was formed on October 30, 1965 by 36 Indian nationals who met at the residence of Dr. Atish Maniar for celebrating Diwali. At a general meeting on December 11, 1965, constitution of the India Association of Manitoba was accepted by the members present and Dr. Maniar was elected as the founding President. To carry out the programs, India Association was given a room without any charge at the International Centre. According to the constitution, a committee was formed to promote Indian Dance and Culture.
The first Folklorama Festival was started in 1970 to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Province of Manitoba. The festivity of Folklorama was so successful that the Folk Arts Council decided to continue this event for the coming years. India Association also took active part in 1970. The East Indian Community came under one umbrella to promote India’s culture and music. The Folklorama India Pavilion now attracts almost 10,000 visitors every year.
India Association was incorporated on October 28, 1976 and various cultural groups were appealed to join and participate in the activities of India Association.
Rangbirangi â€“ Spring Dinner and Dance festival became very popular. In 2002 a committee was formed to establish a Board of Custodian and in 2003 the assets of India Association were transferred to the Board of Custodians. On February 11, 2007, at the AGM meeting, the Constitution was duly amended to apply for charitable society number. India Association currently boasts of more than one hundred members. In 2013, the India Association partnered with the University of Winnipeg and formed the India Centre for Academic, Business and Community Excellence.