Gurpreet Sian - Executive Director
Gurpreet Sian began playing Dhol over 12 years ago and has been teaching group and private lessons for the last 6. He has participated in international Bhangra competitions with the award winning VIBE and United Bhangra and has played Dhol for the pop Bhangra group Signia, Surya Brass Band, and occasionally with Delhi2Dublin. Gurpreet has also danced in many music videos and movies, as well as taught Bhangra workshops to adults and kids during festival times throughout the lower mainland. Gopi, as he is commonly known, has always taken active interest in the community through his positive influence on South Asian kids. From the hit show "Punjabi Vibes", the trio of hosts, Gopi being one of them, often focus on pressing youth issues. South Asian Arts is his way of providing structure to a passion he can share with the next generation. Gurpreet teaches Bhangra and Dhol classes.
Rohit Chokhani - Artistic Producer
Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie award-winning mid-career arts curator, writer, producer and a cultural leader. Rohit was recently awarded the prestigious Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for “Significant Artistic Achievement in Expanding the Diversification of Vancouver Theatre” and was also nominated for the “Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award” for his leadership in the theatre community in expanding the representation of cultural diversity. Currently, he is the Artistic Associate/Digital Theatre Producer for Bard on the Beach and Artistic Director for Diwali In BC based out of Vancouver/Surrey, BC. He is also Artistic Producer at South Asian Arts Society. Prior, he was a Producer for Diwali Fest for four years. He serves as a board member for Alliance for Arts and Culture specifically advocating a voice for diversity as well as a member of the culturally diverse committee at PACT.
Rayman Bhullar - Technical Director
Rayman is a very well accomplished musician. He plays Piano, Harmonium, Tabla & Dholak just to name a few instruments, but his specialty is in Dhol. He’s been honing his skill for the past 20+ years all over the world and makes his annual trip to India for some private training with his Ustad, Ramzu Bhai. Ramzu’s family has a very rich history in percussion music dating back many generations, especially in Dhol. Rayman has performed with the who’s-who of Indian music; he’s been teaching Dhol for well over 10 years; he is one of, if not THE most highly trained Dhol player in North America, and as the head of the Dhol program at South Asian Arts, he looks forward to teaching you how to play the Dhol the right way!