Group exhibition Scenes of Selves – Occasions for Ruses: Surrey Sept 15/12


Pushpamala N and Clare Arni, Cracking the Whip (after 1970s Tamil film still)
C-print 2000-2004, Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum

A Surrey Art Gallery Exhibition and Artist’s Talk
Curated by Jordan Strom

Artist’s Talk – Carol Sawyer: September 15, 6:30pm
Opening Reception – Formal Remarks: 7:45pm, Live music mix by Scott Morgan: September 15, 7:30-9:30pm
Exhibition -Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses: September 15 to December 16, 2012
Artists: Jim Andrews, Eryne Donahue, David Horvitz, Roselina Hung, Suzy Lake, Elizabeth Milton, Pushpamala N and Clare Arni, Carol Sawyer, and Carrie Walker.

Surrey Art Gallery’s new group exhibition Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses features artworks by 10 artists in a wide variety of media – including drawing, painting, photography, and video – that explore the nature of identity, particularly self identity, at the beginning of the 21st century.

In the era of status updates, photo sharing websites, and profile pictures, one’s image and therefore one’s identity presented to the world is more important, changeable, and multi-dimensional than ever before.

Portrayals of oneself have come a long way since Dürer and Rembrandt developed self-portraiture as an artistic genre in the 16th and 17th centuries. Contemporary artists have made self-portraiture – and representation of themselves as stand-ins for ‘the other’ – a vibrant centre of art making today. As new communication tools have led to identity becoming increasingly connected to complex and overlapping social networks, today’s artists are re-examining self-representation at the limits of self-portraiture. How artists see and represent themselves reveals much about how we perceive ourselves and others.

Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses includes Eryne Donahue’s translation of Facebook portraits into astronomical star charts using new biometric facial recognition technologies; Carrie Walker’s graphite drawing of every person named Carrie Walker she could find on the Internet; and Pushpamala N and Clare Arni’s photo-performances of female types from South Asian cinema, 19th century Indian painting, and the photography of westerners who have travelled to the Indian subcontinent.

Surrey Art Gallery is presenting two other exhibitions on the theme of self-representation. Echoes of the Artist: Works from the Permanent Collection explores images in which artists creatively incorporate representations of themselves or aspects of their lives. The artists are Alberta Browne, Diana Burgoyne, Barbara Cole, Janieta Eyre, Marianne Forsythe, George Littlechild, Al McWilliams, David Neel, Al Neil, Joseph Plaskett, Drew Shaffer, Henry Tsang, and Jin-me Yoon. Mirror Mirror is a juried exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Surrey of 30 self-portraits by emerging and established British Columbia-based artists.

Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses exhibiting artist Carol Sawyer will be talking about her project titled Some Documents From the Life of Natalie Brettschneider, an ongoing series of photographs, texts, and music recitals that reconstructs the life and work of a fictional, genre-blurring historical performance artist. Brettschneider is a construction, but her story is laced with references to real people and places. The archive starts with her childhood in British Columbia, continues through her participation in the Parisian avant-garde between the wars, and includes evidence of her eccentric music and art-making practice in rural BC after she returns to Canada in the late 1930’s. Surrey Art Gallery will feature newly discovered photographs of Brettschneider’s time in Surrey, BC. The project forms a feminist critique of art historical narrative conventions: it aims to illuminate what gets left out of these stories, and the ways in which photographs are used to support cultural assumptions about gender, age, authorship, and art-making.

Carol Sawyer is a Vancouver-based visual artist and singer who works with photography, installation, video, and improvised music. Over the past 20 years, Sawyer’s work has investigated the connections between photography and fiction, performance, memory, and history.

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 15, 7:30-9:30pm

Free event; donations gratefully received

Surrey Art Gallery
13750 – 88 Avenue,
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada. 604-501-5566 |www.surrey.ca/arts

Hours
TO SEPT 15: Mon & Fri 9am-5pm | Tues-Thur 9am-9pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Closed Sundays & holidays; FROM SEPT 16: Tues-Thurs 9am-9pm | Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mondays & holidays
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Art Eterne Exhibition 2012 – Date extended to July 12/12


Untitled by Sudhir Purushottxam Talmale, 2009. Art Eterne.

Due to overwhelming response and requests from artist friends, we are glad to extend the last date of entries till July 12, 2012.

Submission Guidelines
http://www.gaeindia.com/exhibition2012/#

Awards & Rewards
Selected artists through art contest will get their work/s displayed in Art Eterne Exhibition (An International Artist Show).
Ten Artists will get an opportunity to have a Solo Show at Galerie Art Eterne
One Artist will get an opportunity to have his/her work displayed at India Art Festival 2012 (an International Art Fair) in India.
Five Artists will get an opportunity to participate in “Art Eterne Artist Residency” Programme in India.

We are proud to present you ‘Art Eterne Exhibition | First Edition 2012’.

Galerie Art Eterne offers to artists the possibility to participate with their art works to our first International Contest, with a free theme and divided into four categories:

Paintings & Drawings | Sculpture | Photography | Graphic Prints

This is open to all artists, nationally & internationally.

The calling of international artists show is to showcase the Art & Artists through contest and to get talent recognized by Art Patrons. An independent panel of experts will be assessing art which includes noted senior eminent artist, art critic, editor of a leading art publication and a professional. Galerie Art Eterne is working endlessly for the benefaction of the upcoming artists & established artists and is providing them an unparallel platform to display their art works on a regular basis. With a mailing list of more than 9,000 subscribers we update our clientele with upcoming events and exhibitions.

Art Eterne Exhibition is an absolute place for emerging as well as established artists to participate in the focused, engaged and informed art sector.

In this art exhibition, artists will have an interaction with eminent artists, media, art buyers which would develop a better and long term relationship to benefit all. On this event an annual art catalogue having art images of the participating artists will be released.

Art Eterne Exhibitions have multifaceted marketing campaign that includes the strategic advertising mix of print & social marketing initiatives.

For further details, please log on to www.gaeindia.com/exhibition2012
Sudhanshu Paliwal
Galerie Art Eterne

About Galerie Art Eterne
Galerie Art Eterne is committed to the presentation, interpretation and propagation of Contemporary Art. Its programs explore a variety of issues that include exhibitions, talks, lectures, workshops and publications. It highlights contemporary art, sculptures, graphic prints and photography focussing masters and contemporary artists. Believing strongly in its artists and their work, the Galerie encourages them in the art market by participating in art summits and biennales, inviting critics and curators to review and publish the articles in art magazines and news papers. By assessing the level and professional skill of the artists, we allow them to explore and freely articulate new concepts that challenge the established boundaries of accepted norms.

Keeping the originality and quality standards of art, we choose the artists carefully.

Last date for submission: Extended till July 12th 2012
Selected Artists Release: July 30th 2012
Exhibition: November 2012
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Call for Submissions: ‘What is Toronto?’

Introducing… a website for a book I have yet to write.

The book is about Toronto, as you know. And the website, which is a collaboration with Patrick Davidson, is designed as a means for me to talk to people about the City.  By sharing excerpts from interviews I’ve been doing, and by eliciting comments and contributions from others.

When  I was sent on a publicity tour across Canada with my book on Emily Carr, I was thunderstruck by the stories and anecdotes people in the audience came up with. There lay a gold mine of material, I marvelled. And that prompted me to think I should perhaps have done the tour before writing the book.

www.whatistoronto.ca is my attempt to do the tour before writing the book — to invite participation in the project from people I don`t know. And those who I do know.

I’d love to know what you think of the site. So take a look. Leave a comment. Pass it on. http://www.whatistoronto.ca/ 

Susan Crean, Author
screan@sympatico.ca
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MF Husain’s Last Journey: Photos

Exile is an illness that not even death can cure – for how
can you rest in soil that did not nourish you?

Paul Tabori, Hungarian poet


MF Husain was buried in the presence of his family in Woking England on 10th June 2011.


Earlier his funeral service was held in a Shia mosque in Tooting South London.


Pallbearers: on right one of Husain’s four sons


Photos by Amarjit Chandan
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‘Shariah-Compliant Bra’ a poem by Fauzia Rafique


Image created by an unknown artist


O Mama Dear
Get me my shariah compliant bra
for the instant islamicization
of my (alleged) un-islamic boobs

My Dear Daughter
Dare i say, you hardly need it
for the fruits of my toil
(from 9 to 13) when i made sure
your chest stays bound in a white
cotton cloth
The fruit of my toils, dear daughter,
you now (naturally) have
shariah compliant boobs
and…

But Mama Dear
the tits still…

Hush, dear daughter
do not say the words
naming the body parts
ending with ‘it’ or ‘its’

You mean, ‘tits’
and ‘cl..’

Shush…
Evil on your tongue!
Daughter of Satan, go
wash your mouth
with listerine plus,
extra strength
five times a day
for the next several years
to atone the evil on your tongue
boobs and
all other anonymous
body parts, and…

But,
mama dear…

And, thank your stars
you were not born in a place
where they clip it
to make shariah compliant…
what should i call it?

Bits, kits
lits or
chits?

No, not that
the other unmentionable
objectionable…

Oh, so
how about:
slit
klit
blit

Yes, yes, blit!
Where they cut and clip
to create those
shariah compliant blits.

Now published in

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@RafiqueFauzia
Update: June 2013
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Inspiration
Pakistan council protests use of padded bras by Muslim women: Report
Lahore,The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has protested the use of padded and colourful bras by Muslim women, and recommended that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent an innerwear that makes female assets unnoticeable.

The council held a meeting late February in light of the protests held last month by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and other religious parties against the increasing import and eventual use of padded and colourful bras, Roznama Jawani reports.

The council also invited shop owners who were in the business of importing and selling female underwear, advising them to bring lingerie samples, so that the council could see about what the protesters were angry.

After the meeting was over, the council released a recommendation to the media that said: “Padded bras are Devil’s cushions and he likes to rest of them. The Council of Islamic Ideology is recommending that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent a bra that makes the female chest area unnoticeable.”

Zakir Naik, one of the leading Islamic scholars commented that if the Pakistan government approves of the funding grant for this research and if the country is successful at making such a bra that makes the chest of women unnoticeable, Pakistan might become the biggest exporter for Shariah compliant underwear.

Naik said he would personally sign and send the first of these Shariah-bra to starlet Veena Malik and television host Ali Saleem, best known by his alter ego Begum Nawazish Ali.

From: http://www.onepakistan.com/news/top-stories/90903-pakistan-council-protests-use-of-padded-bras-by-muslim-women-report.html

Information pointed to by Rajkumari Fehmida
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‘The Journey of a Moment in Time’ by Raghu Rai, Photo Exhibition, Chandigarh March 9/11

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
cordially invites you to the opening of

an Exhibition of Photographs
a Journey of a Moment in Time
by Raghu Rai
at the Galleries of

Punjab Arts Council, Rose Garden, Sector 16, Chandigarh 160 016, India
and a slide show and an Interactive Session with Raghu Rai
on 9th March 2011

Opening of the exhibition after the
Interactive Session at 5.30 pm at Dr. M. S. Randhawa Auditorium
Punjab Arts Council, Sector 16, Chandigarh

Exhibition open daily from 10 to 13 March Between 11 am and 7 pm

Kindly take your seats in the auditorium by 5.15 pm
Diwan Manna

Chairman
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
State Library, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh 160 022, India
W: www.lalitkalachandigarh.com E: chandigarhlka@gmail.com

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Raghu Rai was born in the Punjab in 1942, qualified as civil engineer, started photography at the age of 23 in 1965.

He has been at the fore front of photography in India for more than forty years. He joined The Statesman newspaper as their chief photographer (1966 to 1976), and was then Picture Editor with Sunday—a weekly news magazine published from Calcutta (1977 to 1980).

In 1971, impressed by Rai’s exhibition at Gallery Delpire, Paris, the legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson nominated him to Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographer’s cooperative. Rai took over as Picture Editor-Visualiser-Photographer of India Today, India’s leading news magazine in its formative years from 1982.

He worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes of the decade (1982 to 1991) which became the talking point of the magazine.

He was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1971, In 1992 he was awarded “Photographer of the Year” in the United States for the story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” published in National Geographic. Recently he has been conferred the award of Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers – including Time, Life, GEO, The New York Times, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Vogue, GQ, D magazine, Marie Claire, The Independent and the New Yorker. He has been an adjudicator for World Press Photo Contest, Amsterdam and UNESCO’s International Photo Contest for many times.

He has done extensive work on the photo documentation of 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its continuing effects on the lives of gas victims under a special assignment from Greenpeace International. This documentation was compiled into a book with 3 sets of exhibitions traveling in Europe, America, Australia, India and South East Asia from 2002 to 2005, which created greater awareness about the tragedy and bringing relief to many survivors. A special exhibition and picture book was created on India and Mexico in year 2002 in which his work was published along with two renowned photographers Graciela Iturbide (Mexico) and Sebastiao Salagado (France). His works have been published in major books done by Magnum Photos including Exhibitions.

In the last thirty five years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India and has produced more than 30 books including Raghu Rai’s India – Reflections in Colour and Reflections in BW, The Indians – Portraits from Album, Varanasi – Portrait of a civilization, Bombay / Mumbai, and Calcutta / Kolkata.

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Happy Holi from Hemraj

May God gift you all the colors of life,

Colors of joy, colors of happiness,

Colors of friendship, colors of love

And all other colors you

Want in your life

“Happy Holi”

Warm & Rgds…

Hemraj

info@hemrajartist.com

oilcolour@yahoo.co.in

www.hemrajartist.com

+91-9811132871

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‘Woman Within’, paintings by Navpreet Kaur, Chandigarh Feb 22-26/11

An exhibition of paintings by
Navpreet Kaur
Feb 22 to 26
10am-1pm and 2-5pm daily
Fine Art Museum
Panjab University, Chandigarh

From the Department of Art History and Visual Arts
RSVP
Prem Singh

Invitation

Congratulations Navpreet!
Navpreet’s Profile at Uddari Art
View some of her work here

Uddari site ‘Love Life:The Story’ uses Navpreet’s painting on the masthead.
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Faiz: Slide Show Images

Cover page of a collection of essays and other writings by Faiz Ahmed Faiz titled ‘Coming Back Home’, Oxford University Press, 2008.

The following two images are created by Faiz’s elder daughter Painter/Educator Salima Hashmi for a collection of his poems in English, translated by his elder son-in-law Educator/Cultural-Activist Shoaib Hashmi.

And…

The three images are a part of a slide show being created by ‘Poet in the City’ event scheduled to take place in London UK on January 17. More information on this event is here.

British Punjabi poet, Uddari’s own, Amarjit Chandan will present a selection of Faiz’s Punjabi poems, and i can tell you, he is a spirited reader of poetry.

Also view this for additional Faiz Centenary events in UK.


‘Blow your horn in low tones, this nation is sleeping’

For the past few weeks, every message i open, it is about floods, miseries, strikes, injuries, blasphemy vendettas, inter-faith hate campaigns, drone deaths, suicide attacks, unrest, destruction. Else, relief efforts, peoples struggles, sane voices, crazy noises.

This morning, i was happy to find ‘A message from Pakistan!!!’ with a delightful perspective. View this photo of a young woman standing by the road with a group of young people offering a compassionate yet urgent instruction in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.

‘Blow your horn in low tones, this nation is sleeping’.

Information sent by Gulla.

Fauzia Rafique
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Two New Blogs on Punjabi Art and Culture

I am happy to introduce you to two new blogs that are set to contribute a lot of materials on Punjabi culture and art.

Poet/Playwright Surjeet Kalsey’s blog at http://surjeetkalsey.wordpress.com offers comprehensive information on her literary work accomplished in the last two-three decades. She is the author of over 17 titles in English and Punjabi including collections of poetry, short fiction, literary criticism, anthologies and translations. View Publications page.

Surjeet’s stage plays have been performed as well as published in book form. The blog also provides information about her book launches, awards and distinctions. The Photo pages have images of literary circles, stage plays, Family and Friends.

The second blog is of Actor Darshan Mann who has worked in most stage plays performed in Punjabi theatre in British Columbia since the Seventies. Her blog provides detailed information on her acting roles and her bio. Her portfolio carries shots from different stage plays and slide show of selected photos.

Darshan’s blog is located at http://darshanmann.wordpress.com/, and offers enchanting photos in Albums under the headings of Stage Plays, B&W Portraits, and Social and Cultural.

Darshan Mann has performed in BC, Ontario and Alberta.

Through the creative work done by Darshan Mann and Surjeet Kalsey, we can begin to collect the history of Punjabi theatre and literature in British Columbia and in Canada.

Looking at the two blogs, it is apparent that both Darshan and Surjeet have created substantial bodies of original and creative work in literature and performing arts as their contributions to Punjabi communities of Vancouver Lower Mainland. And, i am proud to say that both are my dear friends.

Please welcome Kalsey and Mann in the blogging community of WordPress and the World.
Poet/Playwright Surjeet Kalsy
Actor Darshan Mann

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Prof Hari Sharma (1934-2010)


Southasian activist, academic, visionary
Prof Hari Sharma (1934-2010)

‘It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend and comrade, Hari Prakash Sharma, on March 16 following a prolonged battle with cancer. Hari took his last breath in his home of 42 years at Burnaby (a suburb of Vancouver), British Columbia, surrounded by his comrades Harinder Mahil, Raj Chouhan, and Chin Banerjee. All of them had come together in 1976 to form the Vancouver Chapter of the Indian People’s Association in North America (IPANA), which had been founded by Hari and many others at a meeting in Montreal in 1975.

‘Hari was born on November 9, 1934 at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh though his family came from Haryana. His father was a railway employee, so he moved from one place to another wherever his father was posted. Hari received his BA from Agra University and his Master’s in Social Work from Delhi University. The insight into the social life of India Hari got from his travels by train enabled by his father’s employment in the railways and his extensive travels by foot through the villages of India stimulated Hari to start writing short stories in Hindi. Hari is regarded as one of the finest writers of short stories in Hindi and many people had urged him to resume his writing in Hindi. One of his stories was adapted as a play and staged in New Delhi.

‘Hari moved to the US in 1963 for further education and did his Master in Social Work from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964 and Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1968. He taught briefly at UCLA before accepting a position at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia in 1968, where he stayed till his retirement in 1999. He was honored by the University as Professor Emeritus.

‘Hari, like many enlightened academics of the 1960’s plunged in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the US and Canada. This is also the period when he espoused Marxism, which ideology he held dearly and steadfastly until his death.

‘As a member of the Faculty of Simon Fraser University he became a champion of the academic rights of colleagues who were faced with the threat of dismissal for their support of the student-led movement for democratizing the university. He became an associate and friend of another Marxist Kathleen Gough, who was suspended for her political activities. Kathleen Gough and Hari P. Sharma co-edited the 469-page book, Imperialism and Revolution in South Asia, which was published in 1973 by the Monthly Review Press, New York. The book was sought by political activists of that time and many people know of Hari as an eminent leftist scholar because of that book.

‘The 1960’s were a period of international revolutionary upheaval. The Naxalbari peasant uprising happened in the spring of 1967. Hari was greatly inspired by it. He went to India and visited Naxalbari area. It is then he got committed to the path opened by Naxalbari and retained his faith in its ultimate success until his last days, while many of his comrades had simply written off Naxalbari as a thing of the past. Hari developed contact with peasant revolutionaries and maintained a living contact till his last days.

‘While associating with the Naxalbari movement in India, Hari carried on anti-imperialist work in Vancouver through the weekly paper, Georgia Straight, published by the Georgia Straight Collective, of which he was a founding member. In 1973 Hari went to the Amnesty International in London and the Commission of Jurists in Geneva and sent a written representation to the UN Human Rights Commission to publicize the condition of more than thirty-thousand political prisoners in Indian jails.

‘In 1974 he and his comrade Gautam Appa of the London School of Economics organized a petition of international scholars to protest the treatment of political prisoners in India, which he handed to the Indian Consulate in Vancouver, BC on August 15 of the same year.

‘In 1975 Hari enthusiastically accepted an invitation from his friends in Montreal. He along with many others founded the Indian People’s Association in North America (IPANA) on June 25, 1975, exactly on the same day on which Indira Gandhi declared the State of Emergency in India. Hari’s tireless work against dictatorship in India and in defense of political prisoners and oppressed peoples, and his energetic organization of progressive people across North America in the struggle against imperialism and for social justice, led to the revocation of his passport by the Indira Gandhi government in 1976.

‘Having engaged in various anti-racist struggles in the 1970s, IPANA in Vancouver, under Hari’s leadership became a primary force in the formation of the British Columbia Organization to Fight Racism (BCOFR: 1980), which proved to be an extremely effective instrument against the tide of racism in the province at the time. Hari and IPANA also played a leading role in the formation of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union (CFU: 1980), which for the first time took up the cause of farm workers who had been historically excluded from protection under the labour laws and any protective regulation.

‘From the 1980s Hari’s work also began to focus on the condition of minorities in India, which came to a crisis with the attack on the Golden Temple and the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984 following the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Hari stood firm in his defense of the human rights of Sikhs and, increasingly of Muslims who became the primary targets of the rising Hindutva forces gathered under the banner of the Bhartiya Janata Party. He organized a parallel conference on the centralization of state power and the threat to minorities in India to coincide with the Commonwealth Conference in Vancouver in 1987.

‘In 1989 Hari brought large sections of the South Asian community together to form the Komagata Maru Historical Society to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, in which Indian immigrants traveling to Canada on a chartered ship were turned away from the shores of Vancouver by the racist policies of the Canadian Government. As a result of the society’s work a commemorative plaque was installed in Vancouver. In 2004, during a screening of the documentary film on this incident by Ali Kazimi, Continuous Journey, the Mayor of Vancouver presented a scroll to Hari dedicating the week to the memory of Komagata Maru.

‘Following the attack on Babri Masjid in December 1992 Hari became the prime mover in the formation of a North American organization dedicated to the defense of minority rights in India called, Non-resident Indians for Secularism and Democracy (NRISAD). This organization brought together Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians of origin in South Asia through educational and cultural activities. It had its most significant moment in Vancouver in 1997, when it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the independence of India from colonial rule by bringing together people from the entire spectrum of the South Asian community to focus on how much remained to be done on the subcontinent and the urgent need for peace between Pakistan and India.

‘Recognizing the need to build a North American front against the growing menace of Hindutva fascism in India, Hari travelled to Montreal in September 1999 to join the founding of International South Asia Forum (INSAF). He became its first President and organized the Second Conference in Vancouver from August 10-12, 2001.

‘Hari’s leadership again led to the development of NRISAD into South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) in Vancouver to embrace the necessity of going beyond a focus on India to the entire South Asian region in the quest of peace and democracy based on secularism, human rights and social justice. SANSAD has pursued these goals vigorously, condemning the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 (for which he was denied a visa to go to India), championing the human rights of Kashmiris, promoting peace between Pakistan and India, supporting the rights of women in Pakistan, condemning violence against journalists and academics in Bangladesh, supporting the movement for democracy and social justice in Nepal, and defending the human rights of Tamils under the attack of the Sri Lankan state.

‘Besides being an able political organizer and a gifted writer of short stories, Hari was also a talented photographer. He photographed the common people of India, their lives and struggles. His photographs hang in many homes and have been displayed in many exhibitions. He proved himself to be an excellent director of political drama.

‘Political ideals remain steadfast. However, there has, naturally been, divergence of opinion on the strategy and tactics of achieving these ideals. During the course of long political activity of more than 50 years, Hari made many friends and comrades. It is natural that among these comrades there also arose disagreements on many issues. Nevertheless, Hari remained a comrade or a friend of all of them and they all are deeply saddened by his passing away.

‘Hari leaves behind him a legacy of activism in the service of the oppressed. He is an inspiration to engagement in the struggle for a better world, to a never-flagging effort to create a world without exploitation, without imperialist domination, without religious, caste, ethnic or gender oppression, a world that Marx envisioned as human destiny.’

Chin Banerjee
Harinder Mahil
Raj Chouhan
Daya Varma
Vinod Mubayi
Charan Gill
SANSAD

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Obama Celebrations and Balls

A seminar in Surrey January 31/09 on the Liberation Struggle of Palestine was slow to catch on but as it did, it jelled into a warm and vibrant hub of information on Palestinian liberation, Zionism, US imperialism, Israeli war crimes, and international Palestinian solidarity movements.

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Organized by Fraser Valley Peace Council, the seminar was presented by Hannah Kawas (Canada Palestine Association), Derrick O’Keefe (StopWar.ca), Sid Shnaid (Independent Jewish Voices), Chris Shelton (World Peace Forum Society), and Nazir Rizvi (Peace Activist).

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Sana Janjua’s spirited rendition of a selection of Mahmoud Darwish’s “Madeeh al-Thill al-‘Aaly”: ‘In Priase of the High Shadow’ (published at the end of this post) was utterly moving as was Shahzad Nazir Khan’s introduction to the event.

It was a heartfelt attempt by local peace activists to help re-gain the lost momentum of a powerful international Palestine solidarity movement. The time between the end of December 2008 and the beginning of January 2009 was marked both by the height of Israeli state violence against Palestinians in Gaza, and the resolve of the people around the world for peace and retribution. Peace-loving Jews and Israeli citizens were at the forefront of the movement, and it appeared as if the will of the people was about to yield some results.

Instead, it became silent after the weekend of the Eleventh. On January 15, a leading South Asian activist in UK roared in frustration: ‘I am pretty pissed off there is no national mobilsation this weekend, i think the momentum will suffer as a result.. I am also pissed off that StWC coalition have not called for the protests either at the israeli embassy, or for a national day of action in terms of disruption to shops and businesses etc that deal with israel.’

The news headings changed overnight to congratulatory messages from calling for an end to Israeli state violence in Gaza; the move to boycott Israeli goods/services and to picket Israeli consulates/embassies was halted; and, all necessary strings were pulled to achieve this dead end.

It is unfortunate that Obama inauguration had to serve as the global distraction to knock the wind out of the Palestine solidarity movement right when the action was mounting to force a peaceful resolution of some kind. Instead, the international politicians, media and corporations annihilated the gains of the movement by becoming engrossed in the newness of the new President of the United States.

It is a matter of great pride and inspiration for democracy-loving Black people of the United States of America, and for democracy-loving people of all colors everywhere in the World that the elections in the United States have delivered the White House to a Black Democrat family. The mirth of these inaugural balls is marred by the continued inaction on Gaza, and by US drone attacks on Pakistan where civilian death toll is rising each day.

Yesterday, hope was not with Obama but with the protesters at the picket outside US Consulate in Vancouver, and at the Candlelight Vigil at Robson Square. Today, hope still resides:

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Here

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Excerpts from ‘Madeeh Al-Thill Al-‘Aly’
In Priase of the High Shadow
By Mahmoud Darwish

It is for you to be, or not to be,
It is for you to create, or not to create.
All existential questions, behind your shadow, are a farce,
And the universe is your small notebook, and you are its creator.
So write in it the paradise of genesis,
Or do not write it,
You, you are the question.
What do you want?
As you march from a legend, to a legend?
A flag?
What good have flags ever done?
Have they ever protected a city from the shrapnel of a bomb?
What do you want?
A newspaper?
Would the papers ever hatch a bird, or weave a grain?
What do you want?
Police?
Do the police know where the small earth will get impregnated from the coming winds?
What do you want?
Sovereignty over ashes?
While you are the master of our soul; the master of our ever-changing existence?
So leave,
For the place is not yours, nor are the garbage thrones.
You are the freedom of creation,
You are the creator of the roads,
And you are the anti-thesis of this era.
And leave,
Poor, like a prayer,
Barefoot, like a river in the path of rocks,
And delayed, like a clove

You, you are the question.
So leave to yourself,
For you are larger than people’s countries,
Larger than the space of the guillotine.
So leave to yourself,
Resigned to the wisdom of your heart,
Shrugging off the big cities, and the drawn sky,
And building an earth under your hand’s palm — a tent, an idea, or a grain.
So head to Golgotha,
And climb with me,
To return to the homeless soul its beginning.
What do you want?
For you are the master of our soul,
The master of our ever-changing existence.
You are the master of the ember,
The master of the flame.
How large the revolution,
How narrow the journey,
How grand the idea,
How small the state!

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Punjabi Author Dr. Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Moves On

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Author of ‘Jungle de Ful’, Dr. US Dhaliwal passed away today. Following is a message sent earlier this morning by his son, Artist Kanwal Dhaliwal, to his friends:

‘Just wish to share my grief over the passing away of my father (Dr US Dhaliwal) today. He was suffering from multiple symptoms of Dementia and Parkinson. His personality had played a significant role in shaping my cultural conscious. He was 78. As per his desires there will be no last rites. He had donated his body to a local medical college and hospital for medical research purposes.’
Kanwal

Last year, Kanwal had initiated publication of ‘Jungle de Ful’, the collected works of Dr. US Dhaliwal, and had created a beautiful book cover to house them.

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‘My father’ Kanwal Dhaliwal wrote on Nov 3/08, ‘is a veteran writer of Punjabi satire. I have recently got his book published (Jungle De Ful) I designed the title cover and used one of my paintings on it.

‘The book not only contains satire but many other styles he has written in, which includes historical references, political commentary, reformative ideology (almost Utopian), autobiographical notes etc…

‘My aim to get this book published was simply to save his work, which he doesn’t consider any good ! He is now 77 and has developed symptoms of Parkinson! He has been regularly published in the Preetlarhi of Gurbax Singh in the 70s.’

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Report: Condolence Meeting in memory of Painter Manjit Bawa

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A condolence meeting in the memory of eminent artist/painter Manjit Bawa, who passed away a few days earlier after being in coma for three years, was held by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi at its office in Sector 34 State Library this morning.

Renowned art critic Nirupama Dutt shared the Art and Times of Manjit Bawa with the audience consisting of various personalities from different walks of life who gathered to pay homage to the legendary artist. She chronicled Manjit’s life and art from the point of view of a friend as well as that of an art critic. She put in perspective his place in the history of modern Indian Art.

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Diwan Manna, Chairman Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, shared the multi faceted aspects of Bawa’s personality – his love for Sufi music, his concern for social events and his unusual organizational skills. He said India had lost a very significant artist who was at the peak of his artistic journey and there was still a lot to come from his brush when he fell ill.

Others who spoke about their personal encounters with the artist and the respect they have for his art include Viren Tanwar, Malkit Singh, Jagdish Garcha and Shiv Singh.

Theatre personality Gurcharan Chani, Secretary Punjab Arts Council Rajpal Singh, artist S Raj Kumar, Novelist Neel Kamal Puri, Radio announcer Vijay Vashisht, Secretary CLKA Ravinder Sharma were among those present to pay tribute to the artist.

Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury, Dr. Atamjit, P Khurana and Vivek Atray sent their condolences.

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