Cultural News: Canadian South Asian Literary Festival-2023

The Vision and Mission:

“I am happy to be the chief organizer of the first Canadian South Asian Literary Festival which is happening in Century Gardens Recreation Centre, Brampton, Ontario on August 26 & 27, 2023. This is the first of its kind to present South Asian writers, scholars, and intellectuals’ role in shaping Canada’s collective heritage. Almost 4 million Canadian South Asians in Canada’s 38 million population are contributing humongous wealth in our society. Canadian South Asian writers, scholars, artists, and intellectuals are also creating an overwhelming wisdom and depth in our society. Also, I would like to get it established and recognized that our Greater Bharat, what we call today South Asia, has created intellectual and business entrepreneurial impact on Canada. To me, South Asia is the region shaped by Bharati civilization. So our Canadian South Asian Literary Festival should be a manifesto of Bharati Civilization as well as Canadian values are part of our heritage now.”

Tahir Gora

CEO Canadian South Asian Literary Festival 2023


Canadian South Asian Literary Festival: A Brief

The first ever Canadian South Asian Literary Festival is happening in Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East, Brampton, Ontario on August 26 & 27, 2023. This is the first of its kind to present South Asian writers, scholars, and intellectuals’ role in shaping Canada’s collective heritage. Almost 4 million Canadian South Asians in Canada’s 38 million population are contributing humongous wealth in our society. Canadian South Asian writers, scholars, artists, and intellectuals are also creating an overwhelming wisdom and depth in our society.

The festival features literary panel discussions, literary awards, Mushaira/ Kavi Darbar, Ghazal Music, Book stalls and much more. More than 70 Writers and Poets of South Asian origin shall be participating in the festival.

There are special sessions during the festival as follows:

Gala Speakers:

Welcome Note from Haleema Sadia, Tahir Gora’s Speech, Dheeraj Sharma’s Speech, Ujjal Dosanjh Speech, Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed Speech, Bengali Writer Speech, Mini Mushaira, Jazz and Sitar, Dinner  

Festival Schedule:

Saturday, August 26

Session 1: 10:30AM : Canadian Landscape for South Asian Writers

Session 2: 11:30AM: Revisiting the legacy of Iconic Canadian South Asian Writers

Session 3: 1:30 PM to 2:30PM Sindhi Writers’ Conclave

Session 4: 2:30 PM to 3:30PM Bangladeshi Writers’ Conclave

Session 5: 3:30PM to 4:30PM Kashmiri Writers’ Conclave

Literary Awards 4:30PM onwards

Mushaira / Kavi Darbar 6PM

Sunday: August 27,

Session 1: 10AM – Revisiting South Asia’s Peace Possibilities

Session 2: 11AM - South Asian Poetic Sensibilities in Canada: Emerging Areas

12PM: South Asian Media’ Role in Canada: Re-thinking the agenda.

2PM: Society’s well being by South Asian Writers

3PM: Gujarati Writers’ Conclave


Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East, Brampton

www.canadianliteraryfestival.com

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