April 2008 – April 2009

Rehtal Mehfli Varqa

This Uddari Page contains cultural, art and literary events from April 2008 to 2009.

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100. THE SONG OF MOHENJODARO – a ballet by Sheema Kermani, Karachi, April 29-30/09
99. THE SUIT, a Punjabi play, Ludhiana, April 18/09
98. A Three Artist Exhibition, New Delhi, April 10 to April 19/09
97. Slide Show and Interactive Session with Painter Paramjit Singh, Chandigarh, March 31/09
96. The First Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC, Vancouver April 4/09
95. International Workshop ‘South Asian Experiences of the World Wars: New Evidence and New Approaches’, London May 26/09
94. ‘Neela Parbat’ film showing, Lahore March 21/09
93. ‘THE SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion’ PrIvaTEvIEW by Amrti and Rabindra, Warwickshire, March 26/09
92. ‘Spiritual Journey’ exhibition of paintings by Reenu Kashyap, New Delhi March 16-22/09
91. ‘AVYAKTA-VYAKTA’, a Solo Show of Paintings by Hem Raj, New Delhi March 14-19/09
90. ‘Trade Union and working class struggles’ (Kenya), London March 25/09
89. “Women’s Writings and Writings on Women” – Kavi Darbar, Abbotsford, March 8/09
88. Beyond the Object by Sculptor Avtarjeet Dhanjal, Chandigarh, March 8/09
87. The First Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC, Vancouver, April 4/09
86. Lecture demonstration on classical music by Ayesha Ali, Lahore Feb 28/09
85. 23rd Street Poets at the 3300 Club, San Francisco, Feb 24/09
84. Punjab Research Group 25th Anniversary Seminar, Lahore, Feb 28/09
83. ‘Randhawa’s Punjab’, Birth Centenary, Ludhiana, Feb 26/09
82. ABC of Contemporary Indian Art by Alka Pande, Lecture/Slideshow, Chandigarh, Feb 20/09
81. Seventh Int. Punjabi National Mother Language Day, Surrey Feb 15/09
80. Colours of India: Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Windsor ON, March 04 – March18/09
79. Celebrating Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Surrey BC, Feb 14/09
78. Lahore Walks, Feb 8/09
77. ‘SUFI KATHAK’ Beyond Boundaries by Manjari Chaturvedi, New Delhi Feb 12/09
76. Traditional storytelling session by Baba Mheeda, Lahore Jan 31/09
75. Dr. Randhawa’s Birth Centenary, Chandigarh, Feb 2/09
74. Seminar ‘Liberation Struggle of Palestine’, Surrey Jan 31/09
73. Calendar Art Party with BLOT, New Delhi, Jan 23/09
72. Flute Recital Akmal Qadri, Lahore, Jan 24/09
71. Calendar Art Exhibition, New Delhi, Jan 19 to 30/09
70. Manjit Bawa Condolence Meeting, Chandigarh
69. Turning Point, a dialogue on music, New Delhi, Jan 15/09
68. The 2009 Sikh Inaugral Ball, Jan. 20/09
67. iTs fUn 2 bE yOuNg!! Live Concert, Karachi Dec 25/08
66. The Dark Room: Artworks Uploaded, Exhibition on till Dec 19/08
65. ALL INDIA PATRIOTIC FORUM in Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Lucknow on Dec 28/08
64. MAD IN INDIA: Exhibition of Photographs, Chandigarh Dec 8/08
63. Exhibition, Concert & Sunday Walk, Lahore, Nov 28-30/08
62. The Dark Room: Photographic Imagination in New Painting, New Delhi, Dec 5-19/08
61. Call for Submissions SANVAD December 2008, Dateline Toronto Dec 15/08
60. Religion and Politics in Pakistan: Under the shadow of US-NATO war in Afghanistan, Vancouver Nov3/08
59. No violence against women day: Rally, Karachi, Nov 25/08
58. Connecting Through Poetry (Comemorating 100 Years of South Asian Presence in Canada), Nov. 22/08, Surrey BC
57. Commemorating a Century of South Asian Presence in Canada, Nov 17-23/08, Vancouver
56. Sikh Sacred Music and Song Courses at Hofstra, Nov-Dec 2008
55. Annual TSAR Book Launch, Toronto Nov 25/08
54. Tariq Ali in Vancouver today (Nov10/2008)
53. Neelam Man Singh’s play ‘THE SUIT’, Chandigarh Nov 12-16/08
52. Invitation for a MUZAFFAR ALI Lecture and Film, Chandigarh, Nov 08/08
51. ALLENDE FILM WEEKEND FESTIVAL, London, 1st-2nd Nov/08
50. SUFI KATHAK BY MANJARI CHATURVEDI, Jaipur. Nov 01/08
49. Open Day – Vasl Int. Residency 2008 – ‘Writing home about home …’ Oct 24-30
48. 100 years since Continuous Journey: Reflection, Resistance, Celebration. Surrey Nov 22/08
47. ‘Noise of the Past – a poetic journey of war, memory and dialogue’, Coventry, Nov 8/08
46. PARTITION: THE LONG SHADOW: CLOSING SEMINAR. Nov 1 and 2/08, New Delhi
45. Solo Exhibition: Prem Singh, Oct 29/08, Mumbai
44. Women Only EID and DIWALI Music Show, Virginia, October 18/08
43. Memory and Renewal: the Grenada Revolution, and Carribbean Communities here and now, Oct30-Nov1, Toronto
42. Panther Legacy invitation – 5pm Sat Nov 8th, Tabernacle, Notting Hill
41. ‘Lyrical Voices’: Solo 2008 Exhibition by Prem Singh, Mumbai, 29 Oct-4 Nov
40. Portraits 2007: From Maharajas to Glitteratis, Marion Colomer Exhibition, Chandigarh Sept 23 to Oct 3
39. Sufi Kathak by Manjari Chaturvedi at Bhubaneshwar
38. Dear Artists – Contact the MUSIC MEDIA Today!
37. Modern Poetry in Translation, London Oct 24/08
36. Aditya Prakash, Invitation Annual Art Exhibition, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akedemi
35. Punjab Research Group Meeting, London Oct 25/08
34. WHY ART a lecture by Ashok Vajpeyi. Lalit Kala Academy, Chandigarh Sept 5
33. SADA-E SARHAD (Music from across the border), New Delhi, Sept 1-2
32. Nirlajj Relase in Vancouver, Sep 6/08
31. Exhibition ‘The Punjab: Moving Journeys’, London, Sept 9–Nov 27
30. South Asian Project, Six Degrees Of Separation Exhibition and OddSpaces Project, 4-20 09/08
29. Pakistan-wide Sit-in by Lawyers on August 28/08
28. Join the Protest: Support SAHMAT in Delhi, Aug 25/08
27. Readings Outside the Margins! Toronto, August 24/08
26. VASL Artshare: Faisal Anwar, New Media Artist, Toronto August 21/08
25. ‘Living Lahore’ Exhibition of Photos, Print Materials, Audio Video Recordings, August 15/08
24. Sacred Music of the Punjab I and II, Courses at Hofstra University NY, Sept-Dec 2008
23. USA Premiere of ‘Streets of Karachi’, Palo Alto August 16/08
22. Moonsoon Fashion 2: a Red Earth event in New Delhi India, August 4
21. M. Hanif’s play, ‘The dictator’s wife’, 5th August, London UK
20. Workshop: Impact of Partition on Classical Music of South Asia, 22 – 23 August, New Delhi
19. ‘Bahu-Bhashi kavi-darbar’ July 27, Milpitas Community Library, CA
18. ‘African Lens: The Story of Priya Ramrakha’ July 14, Stone Town Zanzibar
17. You Are Needed in SanFrancisco, July 20/08
16. ‘Dance Below White Sheets’ A Film by Isa Vandi, Vancouver July 17
15. Memorial Service for Writer/Activist Kartar Dhillon July 12/08 in California
14. ‘The Victim’ by Kanwal Dhaliwal will be displayed in Birmingham July9-Aug30 2008
13. Amnesty International Presents Zimbabwean Play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ (Aug 8-9 Van)
12. AIDS Walk San Francisco – Register for July 20, 2008
11. Readings from ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ by Mohammed Hanif in Karachi/Lahore, June 22/23
10. Aitzaz Ahsan to speak in Washington DC June 26
9. June 21: The National Aboriginal Day in Canada
8. South Asian Peoples Unity Conference, October 2008
7. The 9th Annual Deepak Binning Walk-a-Thon/West Coast BhangRa
6. This Magazine’s 12th Annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt is On!
5. Book Launch: ‘All That Mighty Heart: London Poems’, ed. Lisa Russ Spar
4. SL Parasher ‘Partition and Beyond’, London-Berlin, May 13-June 6
3. “Zameen” by Kali Theater Company, London 2008
2. Pakistan’s Judicial Crisis, an event in California
1. Second Annual International Coventry Literature Festival


100. THE SONG OF MOHENJODARO – a ballet by Sheema Kermani, Karachi, April 29-30/09
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Tehrik-e-Niswan’s 30 years celebration
TLISM Festival continues….. !
To mark World Dance Day we present
“THE SONG OF MOHENJODARO”
A ballet conceived and choreographed by
Sheema Kermani

This ballet was premiered in 1992 to rave reviews and great acclaim in the press and media. It has been performed many times and always to packed halls.

The ballet tells the story of Peelu, a young man and his fiancée Bhairvi who wants to become a dancer. Peelu forbids her to dance and is very angry. His friend Bihag tries to cheer him up and they go down the river Indus and down in ‘Time’ to Mohenjodaro of 2500 B.C.. What happens there and what happens when he returns back to present times? This is The Song of Mohenjodaro – an exhilarating one and half hour of classical and folk dance, drama and music! Come and watch and bring your friends and enjoy.

Venue: Arts Council Theatre
Date: 29 and 30th April
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Rs 500/-
(at Agha’s Supermarket from Wed 27th April)

MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE TICKETS IN ADVANCE AND COME IN TIME.

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99. THE SUIT, a Punjabi play, Ludhiana, April 18/09

THE SUIT
A Punjabi Play

Director: NEELAM MAN SINGH

Based on a story by CAN THEMBA

Adapted by SURJIT PATAR

Actors: VANSH BHARDWAJ and RAMANJIT KAUR

Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Ludhiana

April 18, Saturday 7 PM

No passes or cards needed. Entry is open for all.

For more details call 98726 56672, 98155 12084, 98159 45300

MEDIA ARTISTS
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98. A Three Artist Exhibition, New Delhi, April 10 to April 19/09

You are cordially invited to
the opening reception of
new paintings
by
A R V I N D • G U R C H A R A N • V I R E N
Friday, April 10th, 2009
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Exhibition on view until Sunday, April 19th, 2009
11:00am to 7:00pm daily

S H R I D H A R A N I G A L L E R Y
205 Tansen Marg
New Delhi-110001
098.212.43824 / 098.550.34567/ 0.773.973.1177

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97. Slide Show and Interactive Session with Painter Paramjit Singh, Chandigarh, March 31/09
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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
(Chandigarh Academy of Fine Art)
Cordially invites you to
A Slide Show and Interactive Session
With eminent painter
Paramjit Singh
at Auditorium, Government Museum and Art Gallery
Sector 10 C, Chandigarh 160 010, India
On March 31, 2009
At 5.15 pm

Diwan Manna
Chairman
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
State Library, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh 160 022, India
Tel: +91- (0) 172 2620 448
E: chandigarhlka@gmail.com
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96. The First Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC, Vancouver April 4/09
In honour of the memory of
Harjit K. Sidhu

Saturday, April 4, 2009
Reception 5 pm *Event 6-8:30 p.m.
In the UBC Asian Centre Auditorium
1871 West Mall, UBC Vancouver

This evening event will bring together writers, students, scholars and the community in the celebration of the vibrant life of Punjabi at UBC and in Greater Vancouver.
Alyssa Ayres (Ph.D. Chicago) has been invited to present on the life of Punjabi in Pakistan, and a panel discussion of local Punjabi media experts will be held. Winners of a student Punjabi essay competition and a local writer, Gurcharan Rampuri, will be given awards.

The event will be accompanied by a more general celebration of South Asian studies at UBC, featuring plays and other student performances in Sanskrit, Hindi, and Punjabi (in that order) on the afternoon of April 4 (from 1:30-4:30 pm).

For more information, see www.asia.ubc.ca, under “events”
A.Murphy
Assistant Professor
Department of Asian Studies
University of British Columbia

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95. International Workshop ‘South Asian Experiences of the World Wars: New Evidence and New Approaches’, London May 26/09

International Workshop, London, 26 May 2009
Venue: German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square
8:30-9:00
Registration and coffee
9:00-9:20
Introduction: Ravi Ahuja (SOAS, London)
9:20-10:30
Heike Liebau (CMO, Berlin): Histories of historical sources. The representation of
South Asian Prisoners of War in German archives and museums
Gajendra Singh (University of Edinburgh): “Breaking the chains with which we were
bound”: The interrogation chamber, the Indian National Army and negating military
identities, 1941-1947
discussion
10:30-10:45
coffee break
10:45-12:15
Franziska Roy (Warwick University): Of “voluntary work”, “black spies” and “Bengalisedition mongers” – Indian Civilian Prisoners of War in First World War Germany
Samiksha Sehrawat (University of Strathclyde): Ethnicity and military medicine during
the First World War: war hospitals for Indian troops on the Western Front
Santanu Das (Queen Mary, London): Princes, doctors and sepoys in the Great War:
towards an intimate history
discussion
12:15-13:00
lunch break
13:00-14:30
Christian Koller (Bangor University): Indians in German World War I propaganda
Talat Ahmed (Goldsmiths, London): Sepoys and World War I: A subaltern perspective
Amarjit Chandan (London): Punjabi folk songs on World War I
discussion
14:30-14:45
coffee break
14:45-15:05
Jürgen Mahrenholz (Lautarchiv, Berlin): Introducing the Berlin Sound Archives
15:05-16:15
Plenary discussion: research perspectives and initiatives
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, room L67
17:00-19:30
The Halfmoon Files. A Ghost Story (film by Philip Scheffner, Germany 2007, 87 min.)
Introduction: Britta Lange (ÖAW, Vienna)
Comment: Nicole Wolf (Goldsmiths, London)

Centre of South Asian Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
German Historical Institute London
Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Ravi Ahuja
Professor of Modern South Asian History
Department of History
Chair, Centre of South Asian Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG, UK
phone (+44) (0)20 7898 4605
e-mail ra33@soas.ac.uk

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94. ‘Neela Parbat’ film showing, Lahore March 21/09

Type: Chitrkar Film Club
Time: 07:30 PM
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009
Suggested Donation: Free!

Chitrkar film club is formed by a group of young film makers and plans to share best of world cinema with film enthusiasts.

Neela Parbat is one of the few experimental films made in Pakistan. Noted journalist, intellectual and writer Ahmad Bashir directed the film, Ustad Piarang composed the music while Roshan Ara Begum was one of the playback singers. Renowned film actress Panna performed classical dances for the film.

The film was an utter flop on the box office and was only screened for a few days.

The film editor of ‘Neela Parbat’ Aman Mirza, and Mrs. Mehmooda Ahmad Bashir, playback singer of the film will be present to share their experiences of the making of ‘Neela Parbat’.

RSVP: Shahid Mirza
Website: www.lahorechitrkar.com

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93. ‘THE SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion’ PrIvaTEvIEW by Amrti and Rabindra, Warwickshire, March 26/09
Thursday 26 March, 6–7.30pm
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade
Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA
Tel: 01926 742700
www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms
Opening times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am – 5pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Monday closed (except Bank Holidays)
Admission Free
THE SINGH TWINS – ARTISTS TALK
Thursday 30 April,7–8pm
The Singh Twins will discuss their inspirations, themes and development as artists, highlighting works in the exhibition.
£3 per person (free entry to FLAG members and students).
Places are limited, please call 01926 742700.
Payment required to confirm booking.
THE SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion
27 March – 24 May 2009
Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1998
© The Singh Twins
www.singhtwins.co.uk
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92. ‘Spiritual Journey’ exhibition of paintings by Reenu Kashyap, New Delhi March 16-22/09
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EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
BY
REENU KASHYAP
FROM
16TH MARCH TO 22ND MARCH
11.00AM TO 7.00PM
AT
GALLERY STUDIOVASANT
Spiritual Journey

Life is a journey in the serpentine lanes of world that surrounds us. We come across different landscapes of joy happiness pain and suffering but we go on. Multitude of ordinary Indians has their own way of sailing through the river of karma.

Renu has painted portraits of beatitude, peace and equanimity. Most of the works are monochromatic and they have the emblems of Hindu spirituality. Renhu’s stylized figures are three dimensional evoking sculptural quality. These figures bring to mind mendicants of yore or may be the faithful who flock umpteen temples or the simple folk whom you find performing their rituals by Ganges in Haridwar, Benares or other holy places. The portraits have sandal paste marks on forehead which is typical of the culmination of Puja or prayers. Renu and most of us in India come across daily the burgeoning faith in simple people who have daily communion with their Gods in one way or the other. The soft light from monochromes adds a mystic spirituality. The eyes often hold you captive with kind soft innocent direct look to the viewers. These are the portraits of people who though poor inhabit the vast rural spaces of our country.

Renu, her husband and two lovely daughters are all artists. When you visit Studio Vasant for Renu’s exhibition you have the bonus of beautiful works of her two lovely daughters on display. Incidentally her younger daughter is differently abled and her art and imagination are quite promising.

Baljit Chadha
Art Gallery, Studio Vasant
22 Hauzkhas Village
St.No.2, New Delhi-16
46012292/9811142494
studiovasant39@gmail.com
www.studiovasant.com
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91. ‘AVYAKTA-VYAKTA’, a Solo Show of Recent Paintings by Hem Raj, New Delhi March 14-19/09
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You are cordially invited to
A preview of ‘AVYAKTA-VYAKTA’
A Solo Show of Recent Paintings by
Hem Raj
From 14th March 2009 – 19th March 2009
Time: 11:00am to 7:00pm
at Visual Art gallery
India Habitat centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-10003

Ph:: +91 11 43662024 / 25
Artist Mob.# 09811132871
E-Mail: hemrajartist@gmail.com
Website: www.hemrajartist.com
Organized by Dhoomimal Art Gallery
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90. ‘Trade Union and working class struggles’ (Focus on Kenya), London March 25/09
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Professor John Gabriel Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences would like to invite you to an evening of lectures and discussion on:
Trade Union and working class struggles
Wednesday 25 March 2009
6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Speakers
Shiraz Durrani: Political significance of Makhan Singh in Kenya (1913-73)
Inderjit Gill: Makhan Singh, the family man
Mary Davis: Trade Unions and the British Empire
Richard Ross: Globalisation and workers’ struggles
Prof. John Gabriel: Chair
Venue
GCG-08, Graduate Centre
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
RSVP
email dasslectures@londonmet.ac.uk
Website
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/dasslectures
Nearest tube station
Holloway Road (Piccadilly line); buses 43, 271, 153 and 393
Free of charge
All welcome.

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89. “Women’s Writings and Writings on Women” – Kavi Darbar, Abbotsford, March 8/09
All are invited to join us
On International Women’s Day
To honour
“Women’s Writings and Writings on Women”
Kavi Darbar in Abbotsford
Infront of the Heritage temple on South Fraser Way
On March 8, 2009
At 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Encouraging women writers to read their poetry as a part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

RSVP
Surjeet Kalsey
email: kalseysurjeet@yahoo.ca
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88. Beyond the Object by Sculptor Avtarjeet Dhanjal, Chandigarh, March 8/09
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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
Cordially invites you to a Lecture and Slide Show
Beyond the Object
By U.K. Based Eminent Sculptor Avtarjeet Dhanjal
At Government Museum and Art Gallery
Sector 10 C, Chandigarh 160 010, India
On March 8, 2009 at 5.30 pm

Diwan Manna
Chairman
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
State Ofiice, Sector 34A, Chandigarh 160 022, India
Tel +91-172-2620448, E:chandigarhlka@gmail.com

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87. The First Annual Celebration of Punjabi at UBC in honour of Harjit K. Sidhu, Vancouver, April 4/09
Saturday, April 4, 2009 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This evening event will bring together writers, students, scholars and the community in the celebration of the vibrant life of Punjabi at UBC and in Greater Vancouver. The event will be accompanied by a more general celebration of South Asian studies at UBC, featuring plays and other student performances in Hindi, Punjabi and Sanskrit on the afternoon of April 4 (from 12-4:30 pm). Activities include:
A Public forum
The central activity of the Celebration will be a public forum on a topic of particular local interest related to the Punjabi-language community of Greater Vancouver. This year, we have invited Alyssia Ayres (Ph.D. University of Chicago) to provide a keynote address on Punjabiyat in Pakistan, and a panel discussion of local Punjabi radio personalities.
Awards ceremony
Awards will be granted to student essayists, one on the high school and one on the college level, and to a local author, as an overall achievement award.
Community gathering
The event will begin with a reception, providing an opportunity for students and their families, writers, professors, and teachers of Punjabi to gather together to honour Punjabi in Vancouver, and discuss issues of the day. It will end with tea and a poetry reading by the writer receiving the award.
Schedule
12-4:30 pm Student performances
5-6 pm Reception
6-7 Talk by Alyssa Ayres
7-8 Panel discussion by Gurpreet Singh (Radio India), Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal (Sher-e-Punjab), and Harjinder Thind (RED FM)
8-9 Tea and literary reading
Objectives
⇨ To celebrate and increase the profile of Punjabi language and literature in Greater Vancouver.
⇨ To recognize and encourage the people—students and writers—who are participating in the vibrant life of Punjabi in Greater Vancouver.
⇨ To provide a venue for discussion of cultural and societal issues of importance to the Punjabi language community and Indo-Canadian society, and more generally.
⇨ To facilitate and encourage the inter-generational interaction of Punjabi language speakers.
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86. Lecture demonstration on classical music by Ayesha Ali, Lahore Feb 28/09
Type: Lecture Session
Time: 07:30 PM
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009
Suggested Donation: Free!

Ayesha Ali is a mathematician by profession and teaches at the Lahore School of Economics, she started her classical vocal training with late Ustad Nazir Ahmad Butt and more recently has been in the tutelage of Ustad Hafeez Khan Talwandi and focusing on Dhurpad Gaiki.

Talwandi gharana is considered to be the most ancient proponent of Dhurpad music in Punjab and have continued the tradition to date.

Ayesha Ali will explain the theory of classical vocals and demonstrate various forms of Dhurpad singing as practiced by the Talwandi Gharana, she will be accompanied by Muhammad Ali Faridi on Tabla and Asad Malik on harmonium.

www.lahorechitrkar.com
info@lahorechitrkar.com
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85. 23rd Street Poets at the 3300 Club, San Francisco, Feb 24/09
Event: 23rd Street Poets at the 3300 Club
“Alice, Eileen, Sally, Tressa and Cesar”
What: Festival
Host: Cesar
Start Time: Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00pm
End Time: Tuesday, February 24 at 9:00pm
Where: 3300 Club
RSVP: Cesar Love
Phone: 4155551212
Email: cesar714@jps.net

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84. Punjab Research Group 25th Anniversary Seminar, Lahore, Feb 28/09
The next PRG meeting is taking place on 28 February 2009. It has been organised and hosted by Dr Tahir Kamran of GC University, Lahore. This is the first time we have held such an event outside the UK and I am really looking forward to meeting some of you there. Those of you who are not able to attend I will add some pictures and commentary from the event on the PRG blog afterwards.
Please see the attached PDF file for the full programme
The Punjab Research Group was established 25 years ago and so this year we hope to hold a number of special events to commemorate 25 years of the PRG, this being the first. Please contact me if you wish to present a paper at our UK meetings in either June or October.
With best wishes
Dr Pippa Virdee
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Humanities
De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH
Convenor for the Punjab Research Group
www.theprg.co.uk

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83. ‘Randhawa’s Punjab’, Birth Centenary, Ludhiana, Feb 26/09
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punjabi bhawan, ludhiana
february 26 2 pm
welcome
surjit patar
remembering him
rajinder pal singh
avtarjit dhanjal
sidharth
surjeet lee
shiv singh
jodh singh
diwan manna
karamjit singh
amarjit grewal
presentations in his memory
neelam grewal
crafts of punjab
subhash parihar
architectural heritage of punjab
dev inder
mud arts of punjab
concluding remarks
navtej bharti
dalip kaur tiwana
you are cordially invited
media artists
punjabi sahit akademi

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82. ABC of Contemporary Indian Art by Alka Pande, Lecture/Slideshow, Chandigarh, Feb 20/09

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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
Cordially invites you to
A lecture and slide show
A..B..C.. of Contemporary Indian Art
By Alka Pande
And the launch of her book
Indian Art, The New Sensation: A Collector’s Handbook

At Government Museum and Art Gallery
Sector 10 C, Chandigarh, India
On February 20, 2009 at 5.30 pm

Professor D. C. Bhattacharya will Chair the Presentation

Diwan Manna
Chairman
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
State Library, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh 160 022, India
Tel: +91 (0) 172 2620448
Email: chandigarhlka@gmail.com
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81. Seventh Int. Punjabi National Mother Language Day, Surrey Feb 15/09
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Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) presents the Seventh international Punjabi MaaNboli Mother Language Day Celebrations

Sunday Feb 15, 2009
2pm to 6pm
Haveli Restaurant
8220 120 Street, Surrey

Punjabi language development, Pakistani Punjabi community, Punjabi youth literary contest of speech poetry and song, win t-shirts and pens.

For more information contact:
Balwant Sanghera: 604-275-8977
Sadhu Binning: 604-437-9014

For more information view event poster below:
Gurumukhi
Shahmukhi

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80. Colours of India: Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Windsor ON, March 04 – March18/09

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Participating Artists:
Anand Shende, Anjali Aggarwal, Charudatta Prabhudesai, Daljit Gill, Jahar Dasgupta, Jaspal Singh, Jeet Aulakh, Kaumudi Prajapati, Mahesh Prajapati, Pramod Arya, Renu Iyer, Sanjay Kumar, Swapan Bhandary, Vilas Tonape

The exhibition showcases 14 works significantly rich in colour and form, put together to demonstrate the visual drama of our life from eastern angle. The works have been selected from figurative to semi-figurative and from semi-abstract to pure abstract in order to provide the viewer an opportunity to experience a broader search. ‘Space for New Art’ and ‘Common Ground’ join hands to materialize this project for Canadian and international community.

Exhibition runs:
March 04 – March 18, 2009

Wine/Cheese Reception:
Friday, March 06
6pm – 9pm

Common Ground Art Gallery
Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich St West
Windsor, Ontario N9C 1A9 Canada
Tel. 519 252 6380

Organized by:
Space for New Art
PO Box 51101
City Centre Postal Outlet
Brampton, Ontario L6T 5M2 Canada
Tel. 647 686 5338
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79. Celebrating Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Surrey BC, Feb 14/09

IN MEMORY OF
A GREAT PEACE ENTHUSIAST
FAIZ AHMAD FAIZ
PERSONALITY, POETRY, PERSEVERANCE

REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE THROUGH LIFE
POETIC REFLECTIONS ON CURRENT SITUATION
POETRY RENDITIONS
VERSES BY MELODY

14 FEB 09 – SAT – 01:00 PM
NEWTON LIBRARY
13795 70TH AVE SURREY

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY BEING CELEBRATED
BY
Bazm-e-Amn-o-Sukhn
&
FRASER VALLEY PEACE COUNCIL
(604) 613 0735
mujtaba_g@hotmail.com
shazkhan1@hotmail.com

Event poster in PDF Eng.
Event poster in PDF Urdu
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78. Lahore Walks, Feb 8/09
To: Icchra
On: Sunday 8th February 2009
Meeting Point: Shama Cinema Crossing at Ferozepur Road
Time: 9:30 am

Icchra was one of the suburban villages of Lahore (along with Mozang, Nawankot, Baghbanpura etc.) till the early twentieth century.

It is conjectured by some to be the site of ancient Lahore itself, and the name Lohari gate is considered a corruption of Lahori gate as this gate faced Icchra to the south of Lahore.

Icchra was the site of a major Hindu temple ‘Bhairon Ka Asthan’, and in recent history, home to the Khaksar leader Allama Mashriqi and Jamaat i-Islami leader Maulana Maudoodi.

It is also famous for various specialized bazaars and dense old neighborhoods of Lahore.

For queries contact Rabia at 0300-4400-573
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77. ‘SUFI KATHAK’ Beyond Boundaries by MANJARI CHATURVEDI, New Delhi Feb 12/09
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MAWANA SUGARS Presents
“S U F I K A T H A K” Beyond Boundaries
Sufi Kathak …. Breaking boundaries…. Connecting hearts….breaking manmade boundaries of caste, religion and nations… through poetry, music and dance…creating a universal communication…a prayer.
By MANJARI CHATURVEDI
with Spiritual Musicians from Iran, Qawwals from Awadh and Classical Musicians from Lucknow-Delhi
On Thursday February 12, 2009
7 p.m.
At Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi
Entry by Invitation
Regards
Tina Khanna
SUFI KATHAK FOUNDATION
+91-9871310119
sufikathak@gmail.com

Sufi Kathak is a classical Indian dance form created by MANJARI CHATURVEDI. Sufi Kathak Foundation is a non-profit registered society founded by Manjari Chaturvedi to create awareness for Sufi Kathak and other related ancient performing art traditions. The Foundation works towards providing scholarships to students pursuing classical music and dance, and also pension and medical insurance to needy artists.

The aim of Sufi Kathak Foundation is to promote spiritual dance and music and world cultural unity, also initiating children and orienting the youth to become self-employed through arts – dance and music, and evolve a humanist outlook. The main objective of the foundation is to create centers for spiritual dance and music, folk & classical dance and organize training classes, workshops and musical concerts to promote Sufi Kathak and classical music in India as well as across the world. The society’s mission is also to provide financial and technical assistance to retired artist as well as to needy students who are committed towards Sufi music and dance.

SUFI KATHAK FOUNDATION
www.sufikathak.org
www.manjarisufikathak.com

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76. Traditional storytelling session by Baba Mheeda, Lahore Jan 31/09

Type: Musical Concert
Time: 08:00 PM
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009
Place: Lahore Chitrkar, Gulberg
Suggested Donation: Free!

Abdul Hameed Kachhawala, better known as Baba Mheeda, is one of the last remaining gavantris or bards of his kind. Now in his 70s, Baba Mheeda still sings with energy and vigor for up to three hours at a stretch.

Strumming his king with the right hand and keeping rhythm with a khartal in the left, he has a massive repertoire of qissas, vars, hymns and humorous songs.

Unlike most gavantaris who sing only the well-known passages from qissas, Baba Mheeda can sing Sassi, Veer Jodh, Sohna-Jaini, Poorn Bhagat to name a few, in their entirety.

Belonging to Amritsar district, Baba Mheeda learnt the art from his father after migrating to Pakistan.

Lahore Chitrkar

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75. Dr. Randhawa’s Birth Centenary, Chandigarh, Feb 2/09
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Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (CLKA)
Coordially invites you to Celebrate
Dr. M. S. Randhawa’s Birth Centenary
On Feb 2, 2009
With a Lecture on Art and Architecture by
Jatin Das

And inauguration of an Exhibition of Dr. Randhawa Memorabilia

At Government Museum and Art Gallery
Sector 10 C, Chandigarh, India
On February 2, 2009 at 5.pm

Inaugural remarks about Dr. Randhawa and his work by
Professor B. N. Goswamy

Diwan Manna
Chairman
CLKA

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Seminar ‘Liberation Struggle of Palestine’, Surrey Jan 31/09
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To raise the public awareness
on the terrible human crisis in Palestine
a seminar is being held
by Fraser Valley Peace Council
on Saturday, 31st January
at 2.00 PM (sharp)
in Surrey Public Library, Newton Branch, 13795 – 70th Ave. Surrey, BC V3W 0E1.
We cordially invite you to come
and join hands to express your solidarity
with people of Palestine
and to show your deep concern
over latest human rights crimes in the region.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Fraser Valley Peace Council
604-613-0735

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73. Calendar Art Party with BLOT, N Delhi, Jan 23/09

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Friday 23 January 2009
9 pm to 1 am

Celebrate contemporary calendar art with Red Earth’s 2009 art calendar
Featuring special calendar art audio-visuals by BLOT

Also featuring calendar art displays

Manre, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Dress Code: Dress like a calendar! Be a goddess or a sex goddess! An apsara, or a film star! Guys, be gods, or a freedom fighter, a film star! LOUD, KITSCH, POPULAR and WHACKY is the way to go! Rent masks and accessories from Kinari Bazaar. Printed t-shirts with religious imagery from Paharganj is great…

For entry details contact himanshu@redearthindia.com / utkarshp3party@gmail.com

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72. Flute Recital Akmal Qadri, Lahore, Jan 24/09
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Time: 07:00 PM
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009
At: Lahore Chitrkar

The monthly music concert will feature Akmal Qadri & Haider Rehman on Flute and Kashif Dani on Tabla. Akmal Qadri (the son and student of legendary flute maestro late Ustad Alla-Ditta Qadri) is one of the few classical flute players in Pakistan and has performed extensively in concerts/music festivals both in Pakistan and around the world. Presently he conducts a flute class at Chitrkar.

Haider Rehman has been tutored by Akmal Qadri and also took classes from Pandit Hari Parasad Churasia. Kashif Dani is an upcoming Tabla player and performs regularly both solo and as accompanist.

For more information and directions to the venue:
www.lahorechitrkar.com

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71. Calendar Art Exhibition, New Delhi, Jan 19 to 30/09
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Red Earth and Apparao Galleries present an exhibition featuring artworks by contemporary artists on the theme of Calendar Art. The project also features the launch of a special art calendar for 2009 featuring the artworks.

The ubiquitous and eclectic genre of Indian calendar art has formed the mainstay of popular visual culture in India. It covers a range of themes, notably, Religious Calendars, Patriotic Calendars, Filmic Calendars, and Landscapes / Decorative calendars. The exhibition will feature works on the above themes executed by contemporary artists in their individualistic style, all with a contemporary twist.

This project is yet another effort of Red Earth to present art in newer formats, and make it more accessible. The calendar is also designed to become a pointer to the kaleidoscope of festivals, seasons and celebrations in India throughout the year.

CURATED BY
Himanshu Verma
ARTISTS
1. Alexis Kersey
2. Amrit and Rabindra Kaur / The Singh Twins
3. Arjuna
4. Bibhu Patnaik
5. Biplab Muzibar Rahman
6. Dileep Sharma
7. Farhan Mujib
8. N. Pushpamala
9. Olivia Fraser
10. Rajendra Kapse
11. Thukral and Tagra
12. Waswo X. Waswo
VENUE:
Apparao Galleries, Triveni Garden Theatre
205 Tansen Marg, Mandi House
Near Bengali Market, New Delhi 110001

Exhibition on view from
19 January to 30 January 2009
11 am to 7 pm
(Closed on Sundays and on 26 January)

Preview on Saturday 17 January 2009
6 pm to 9 pm (By Invitation)

Contact:
Himanshu Verma / 41764054 / himanshu@redearthindia.com

See www.redearthindia.com for more details.

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69. Turning Point, a dialogue on music, New Delhi, Jan 15/09
TALK – Turning Point – A new series that looks at landmark decisions, creative works, inventions, endeavours and events that have made a definitive difference; that broke fresh ground, gave new direction and changed the course and broadened the horizons.

We begin the series with a dialogue between musicologist and music scholar Madan Gopal Singh and Rabbi Shergill the popular contemporary voice of our music legacy.
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Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
On: 15th of January 2009 at 7 pm

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LOHRI CELEBRATIONS – Songs of Festivity by lyricist, composer and Sufi scholar singer Madan Gopal Singh. Followed by a mesmerizing performance by an all-girls band of indigeneous instruments from Jalandhar.

Also at the IHC on the 13th at 7pm

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68. The 2009 Sikh Inaugral Ball, Jan. 20/09
On January 20th, 2009 the inauguration of America’s 44th President is just such an occasion that you will not want to miss.
The Sikh Community Center is proud to announce that the 1st EVER SIKH INAUGURAL BALL takes place just a few blocks from the White House – at Ascot, I-The Indian Experience Restaurant.
The Sikh Inaugural Ball takes place on January 20th, 2009, the same night as many other Inaugural Balls but with one big difference.
NO MORE THAN 300 Tickets will be Sold.
Tickets to the All American Inaugural Ball include all food and beverages as well as access to the multiple forms of entertainment and attractions. A large block of tickets has been set aside/reserved for major contributors and party leaders. There are a small number of tickets that have just been released to the public. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
Call us today at 571-285-1632 to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
sikhinauguralball.com

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67. iTs fUn 2 bE yOuNg!! Live Concert, Karachi Dec 25/08

Hate it Or Love it, iTs fUn 2 bE yOuNg !!

Having a LUNCH,
Listening Live SONGS bY AisHa Umer & DiNo,
EnjoYing BOWLING,
wiLL giVe u a diFFerent ExPerIenCe

Time : 12PM onwards
Date : 25th Dec-08 (Gvnt. Holiday)
Venue : ROYAL RODALE, C View, Karachi.

Ticket : Rs.550/-oNly
aLso gEt a Complimentery SIM of “deJuice”
For Tickets Contact:
0300-899-8899
0321-899-8899

FayEz Abdul Aziz Khan sent this message to the members of Mirza Ghalib

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66. The Dark Room: Artworks Uploaded, Exhibition on till Dec 19/08
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Images of artworks from our exhibition ‘The Dark Room’ can now be seen here:
The Dark Room Catalogue

The exhibition continues for another week, and is on till the 19th of December. For those of you in Delhi, please do visit the show. The invite can be downloaded here:
Invite

The curatorial note which outlines the premise and intent of the exhibition can be downloaded here:
Dark Room Curatorial

Best Regards,
Himanshu Verma
With The Photo-Imaginary Group
himanshu@redearthindia.com

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65. ALL INDIA PATRIOTIC FORUM in Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Lucknow on Dec 28/08

You are cordially invited to attend a “Condolence meet on Mumbai Carnage” organized by NRI Muslims under the banner of American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI), in association with the All India Patriotic Forum (AIPF).

The Condolence meet will be followed by a Convention on “Terrorism, Fascism and the challenge of Nation Building”. A resolution on steps to counter terrorism and fascism and take up challenges for Nation Building in India shall be discussed.

For further details please contact:
Amaresh Misra at 91-9920684193 (Mumbai)
Pragati Sharma at 9109820330779 (Mumbai)
Zafar Agha at 91-9810934749 (Delhi)
Shahid Askari at 91-9335159236 (Allahabad)
Ubaidur Rehman at 91-9212011865 (Delhi)
Abdul Hafiz Lakhani at 91-9228746770 (Ahmedabad)
Dr. Mohd. Rasheed Jeelani at 91-9849582511 (Hyderabad)
Tariq Khan at 91-9838201020 (Lucknow)

Date: 28.12.2008
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm
Venue: Auditorium India Islamic Cultural Center
Lodi Road, New Delhi

Amaresh Misra
President, All India Patriotic Forum (AIPF)
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64. MAD IN INDIA: Exhibition of Photographs, Chandigarh Dec 8/08
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Chandigarh Lalit Lala Akademi
French Embassy in India
and Alliance Francaise “Le Corbusier” de Chandigarh
Cordially invite you to
MAD IN INDIA
Projected Exhibition of Photographs from 11 different location in India
A project of Tendance Floue – A collective of 11 French Photographers
An interactive session with *Meyer*, one of the participating photographers
And the launch of the book – MAD IN INDIA

At Auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery Sector 10C, Chandigarh, India
On December 8, 2008
At 5.30 pm

Shri. Birender Singh
Minister of Finance and Excise & Taxation, Government of Haryana
Will be the Chief Guest
Receiving and making calls is strictly prohibited
Please be seated by 5.15 pm

Diwan Manna
Chairman
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
(Academy of Art Chandigarh)
+91-98140 15079
chandigarhlka@gmail.com
Director
Alliance Francaise “Le Corbusier” de Chandigarh
+91-172- 2668627
info.chandigarh@afindia.org

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63. Exhibition, Concert & Sunday Walk, Lahore, Nov 28-30/08

1. 4 Eyes, A Photographic Journey
Danka (http://danka.com.pk/) and Lahore Chitrkar are collaborating to organize an exhibition of photographic works by Waheed Khalid (Pakistan) and Lukas Berger (Austria). Taken during year 2008, the photo selection (30 pictures) portrays a range of cultural activities, portraits and architecture of Pakistan. The exhibition opens at 7pm on 27th and remains open 11am-7pm 28 & 29th November 2008.
Contact
Lukas Berger 0344/4219860
Waheed Khalid 0300/4710675
2. Music Concert, Punjabi Poetry Recital
Ayesha Ali accompanied by Sian Yousaf on Iktara will present selection of poetry from from Classical Punjabi poets on 29th November 7pm. The program will begin with short presentations by three young students, Sitar recital by Dua Nadeem; Flute recital Razi ullah & Waqas Ahmad.
3. City Walks
As the fourth of our city walks we would like to visit the Baghbanpura area- in particular the mazaar of Madhu Lal Hussain (the 16th century sufi poet), and the mazaar of Baba Hasan Din (this one a beautiful brick building designed recently by Kamil Khan Mumtaz). These are both in very close proximity of Shalimar Bagh- so the front parking lot of the Shalimar will be our meeting point.
Time: 9am, Sunday 30th November.
Hoping to see all enthusiasts there!
We can sit down and discuss the above idea* in more detail when we meet!
info@lahorechitrkar.com

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62. The Dark Room: Photographic Imagination in New Painting, New Delhi, Dec 5-19/08
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Suman and Sourav – Butterfly

In the painter’s dark room, something is emerging, new formations, new combinations, new mutations…It is the new alchemy, the explosive new meeting of painting and photography.

The exhibition seeks to present the work of a group of young painters who are incorporating photography in their painting practices in newer, dynamic ways. Trudging away from the common and fashionable genre of photo-realistic works, these painters embody fresh approaches to merging photography in painting: by creating photo-imaginary works rather than the photo-real. Rather than painting echoing the photographic, here painting plays with the photographic. Photographic source material and / or processes are transformed in painting practices and the richness and symbiosis of mediums creates this new form of contemporary painting, the photo-imaginary.

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Jeet Ganguli – Locked Grill Gate

Curated by Himanshu Verma
The Photo-Imaginary Group
Biplab Muzibar Rahman
Jeet Ganguli
Pranay Lal
Also featuring
Gaurika Mehta
Suman and Sourav / TAXI
Venue
Academy of Photographic Excellence
60, Basant Lok Community Centre
Vasant Vihar, New Delhi – 110 057
Dates
Opening on December 5, 2008; 6.30 pm onwards (By invitation only)
On view till 19 December 2008
Open from 10 am to 7 pm, seven days a week.
Presented by Red Earth
Supported by Academy of Photographic Excellence

Red Earth
redearthindia.com
himanshu@redearthindia.com
Tel: 41671719; 41764054
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61. Call for Submissions: SANVAD December 2008, Dateline Toronto Dec 15/08

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Published Since 1989 Canada’s Punjabi Journal Of Substance
SANVAD
December 2008 will focus on:
‘Greetings For The New Year 2009’
&
‘Dangers Of The Drug Culture’
Writers are invited to send their writings in Punjabi or English by
December 15, 2008
Topics:
Drinking, Driving & Accidents. Drunk Drivers, Police & Canadian Laws. Children, Drugs & Gangs. Drugs & Family Violence. Sports & Drugs. Drug Gangsters & Canadian Laws. Punjabi Drug Culture. Politics Of Drugs. Canadian Punjabi Children & Drug Problems
Contact:
Sukhinder
Editor SANVAD

Tel. (416) 858-7077
Email: poet_sukhinder@hotmail.com
Box 67089, 2300 Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4P 1E0 Canada
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60. Religion and Politics in Pakistan: Under the shadow of US-NATO war in Afghanistan, Vancouver Nov3/08
Sunday, November 30, 2008
12 Noon to 3 p.m.
Meeting Room in 131 Regiment Square
(Spectrum Complex), Vancouver
Speaker:
Dr. Mohammad Waseem
Former Fellow of St Anthony’s College, Oxford
A Professor of Political Science at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan
Samosa type refreshments provided
Directions:
Regiment Square is a short walk from the Stadium Skytrain Station. Exit toward Beatty Street, cross Dunsmuir and walk South on Beatty. Do not go up to Georgia. Just past the Armory tanks and guns, turn left into the cul-de-sac. Entrance to 131 Regiment Square (a tall residential tower) is at the end, on the left side.

For more information, contact
Zahid Macdoom: 604-760-1290
Dr. Haider Nizamani : 6054-228-0349, or cell: 6-4-307-3744
Dr. Hari Sharma: 604-2972
SANSAD
# 435, 552A Clark Road,
Coquitlam (Metro Vancouver) B.C. Canada, V3K 6Z8

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59. No violence against women day: Rally, Karachi, Nov 25/08

An international day for elimination of violence against women is being celebrated on 25 november (Tuesday). Aurat Foundation, WAF & other civil society groups are organizing the Rally in Karachi.

Programme:
Rally will march from Regal Chowk to Karachi Press Club.
Date: 25-11-2008
Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Regal Chowk Karachi.

Plz join us to show solidarity with oppressed sections of the society.
Anis Haroon
Lala Hassan
Aurat Foundation
Karachi: 0300-8256513
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58. Connecting Through Poetry (Comemorating 100 Years of South Asian Presence in Canada), Nov. 22/08, Surrey BC
An Evening of Poetry
Poetry Reading Event – Connecting Through Poetry
Ashok Bhargva
Faizia Rafiq
Hardev Sodhi Asak
Major S. Randhawa
Manjeet meet
Afzal Bajwa
Mansoor Khan
Surjeet Kalsey
and others
Saturday, Nov. 22
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Room #1205 A/B
Kwantlen College, Surrey
128th and 72 Ave.
Contact: Surjeet Kalsey

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57. Commemorating a Century of South Asian Presence in Canada, Nov 17-23/08, Vancouver
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Commemorating a Century of South Asian Presence in Canada
Events from November 17-23, 2008

South Asians first arrived in Canada at the end of the nineteenth century, and by 1908, approximately 5,000 were reported to be resident in British Columbia. That year, the Canadian government introduced the Continuous Journey requirement seeking to prohibit further South Asian migration into the country.

In 1914, Gurdit Singh, a Punjabi, chartered the Komagata Maru and a group of 376 South Asians passengers sailed to Canada to challenge this racist law. Although they were forced to return to India, they dealt a serious blow to the ‘Keep Canada White’ policies of the white settler society.

A group of South Asian academics, activists and community groups have come together to organize a week-long series of events in November 17-23, 2008, to mark over one hundred years of South Asian presence in Canada, and to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Continuous Journey requirement. These events will pay homage to the struggles waged by South Asian communities in the past, celebrate our achievements, and build alliances as we face the challenges of the 21st century.

Please mark your calenders for a series of events – all details on website:
– Film screenings of award-winning film maker Ali Kazimi, in attendance
– Toronto youth activist and keynote speaker Kabir Joshi-Vijayan
– Community forums at Langara College and Kwantlen College
– South Asian Performance Art and Poetry
– Academic Colloquiums at UBC and University of the Fraser Valley
– Media Roundtable on Representation of South Asians

For general and media inquiries, please email
Email: southasianevents@gmail.com
Website: southasianevents.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com

We would like to acknowledge that we reside on the lands of the Indigenous peoples / First Nations and support them in their ongoing struggle for self determination from racist settler-colonialism.

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56. Sikh Sacred Music and Song Courses at Hofstra, Nov-Dec 2008
Dear All
Sat Sri Akaal,
It is my great pleasure to bring to your awareness the second course on Sikh sacred music held and hosted by Hofstra University’s Religion Department. This course is composed of 5 two hour lectures and one public concert:

Sacred Music of the Punjab II
Every Tues and Thurs at 6:30-8:35 pm.
November 18, 20, 25
December 2, 4 and 9 (concert)

Lectures: Netherlands 18, North Campus, Hofstra University (Oak Street, off Hempstead Turnpike)
Concert: Monroe Lecture Centre, South Campus, Hofstra University (California Ave, off Hempstead Turnpike)
Website: hofstra.edu

The first course was taught by Bhai Baldeep Singh (Delhi). The second will be taught by Dr. Gurnam Singh (Patiala) along with his group. Such courses have never been offered at a Western University before – this is a very unique and rare opportunity! Hofstra University are proud to be able to promote the study and reflection on Sikh Sacred Music and Song (Gurmat Sangeet and Gurshabad Kirtan). As before, this course will also culminate in a Free Concert, open to the general public, we encourage your participation and attendance.

This Evening Course has still places open, register as soon as you can since these places are limited. See the attached poster for further details. And please forward this news to your sangat (Sikh community).

We encourage full participation by the Sikh Community so that I, as Bindra Chair of Sikh Studies at Hofstra University, can show to the Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor that there is a strong interest in this area, in order that they may invest in building future courses. Such courses and concerts bring academic representation, respect, integrity, and reflection upon the Sikh tradition that can only benefit us all. The Sikh tradition has so much to offer the world about toleration, celebration and respect for diversity that it is a tragedy in today’s troubled times not to raise awareness about the Sikh Guru’s teachings. These courses are very timely given the continued media misrepresentation of Sikhs, and general ignorance of the wider American public; too many Sikhs have been victims of hate crimes based upon mistaken identity. The public needs as much education as possible about who Sikhs are and how glorious and profound their tradition, scripture and service to humanity has been.

I would very much appreciate your help in spreading awareness about this course and concert at Hofstra University. Please encourage your sangat to register for this course (and future ones) for a poor attendance will signal to the University that Sikh Studies in general and courses in Sikh Music in particular are not areas to invest in. We need the courses to be full!

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal
Associate Professor in Religion
S.K.K. Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies
104D Heger Hall, 115 Hofstra Universiy
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463-7136
(516) 463-2201- Fax
balbinder.bhogal@hofstra.edu
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55. Annual TSAR Book Launch, Toronto Nov 25/08
TSAR Publications invites you to celebrate our 2008 titles
TSAR Annual Fall Launch 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
(@ The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
416 531 4635

The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose
Shopping for Sabzi by Nitin Deckha
In a Boston Night by Sasenarine Persaud
Caribbean Blues and Love’s Genealogy by Dannabang Kuwabong
Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada by Natasha Bakht
The Chinese Knot and Other Stories by Lien Chao

Readings by:
Rana Bose, Nitin Deckha, Dannabang Kuwabong, Sasenarine Persaud, and Lien Chao

Author readings, signings, food, and cash bar
Doors open at 7:00pm
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53. Neelam Man Singh’s play ‘THE SUIT’, Chandigarh Nov 12-16/08

Neelam Man Singh
Is showing her play “THE SUIT” at the
Amphitheatre in Rock Garden (Phase l)

There are 5 shows from
12th to 16th of November at 7.00pm

Entry is free and passes are available at:
Home #9, Sector 4, Chandigarh
Or I will be at the entrance every evening at 6.30 pm to welcome you.
It is turning cold, so do come warmly clad.
Look forward to seeing you
Pushi Chowdhry
p +91 172 2740485
c +91 98 728 52247
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52. Invitation for a MUZAFFAR ALI Lecture and Film, Chandigarh, Nov 08/08

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
Cordially invite you to
a lecture
Art Binds Us All
and a short film
Breathe into me
by Muzaffar Ali, Filmmaker and Painter
on November 8, 2008 at 5.30 pm
at Govt. Museum and Art Gallery
Sector 10C, Chandigarh 160015, India
RSVP: Diwan Manna
Chairman, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
(Academy of Art Chandigarh)
Mobile +91 98140 15079
State Library, Sector 34A,
Chandigarh 160 022, India
Tel: +91 (0) 172 2620 448
Email: chandigarhlka@gmail.com
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51. ALLENDE FILM WEEKEND FESTIVAL, London, 1st-2nd Nov/08

If Salvador Allende were alive today he would be 100 years old. If he had not been elected President of Chile in 1970 many of his ideas about a profound political and social change for his country would have perished. The main Chilean natural resource – copper – would not have been nationalised. The American companies that exploited it would not have embargoed the exports when refused compensation due to excessive profits.

Allende’s government should have lasted 6 years but the opposition did not allow his transformations to happen and succeeded in overthrowing him via a ferocious military coup in 1973. Various human consequences of this recent history of a Latin American country are here for you to watch in the films selected for our Allende’s Festival. The protagonists and the sensitivity of their filmmakers will certainly leave a mark on those who come to the screenings.

Magnificent posters from the era, by Vicente & Antonio Larrea, Waldo Gonzalez and friends will be exhibited in our screening room

Saturday 1st November 2008
1200hrs warm welcome
1300hrs documentary screening
Salvador Allende dir Patricio Guzman, Narrated by Patricio Guzman (a filmmaker who has documented Chile’s recent history in depth), it focuses on Salvador Allende: a man atypical, revolutionary and fanatic of democracy to the point of suicide. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 40min
1500hrs film screening
Machuca dir Andres Wood
The film follows the unexpected friendship of two young boys during the years of Allende’s government in Chile. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 42min
1700hrs documentary screening
La Ciudad de Los Fotografos (The City of Photographers) dir Sebastian Moreno. The story of those photographers who recorded imagery – against all odds of the 17 years of dictatorship in Chile. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 20min
1830hrs film screening
Black Pimpernel dir Asa Faringer & Ulf Hultberg. Story about Swedish ambassador in Chile – Herald Edelstam – and his heroic actions to protect people from execution during and after the military coup in September 11th 1973 in Chile. English Language
Duration: 1hr 35min
Special guest, open conversation
2045hrs film screening
Fiesta Patria dir Luis R Vera. On National Day in September, the families of Alvaro and Macarena get together in a country house in Chile. Time to understand differences, family political views & impossible reparation. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 22min
Sunday 2nd November 2008
1230hrs film screening
Machuca dir Andres Wood. The film follows the unexpected friendship of two young boys during the years of Allende’s government in Chile. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 42min
Special guest Sarah Boston will be available for conversation before screening
1445hrs documentary screening
Cruel Separation dir Sarah Boston. Narrated by Donald Sutherland, it relates the story of General Pinochet’s American backed military coup in Chile in 1973 from the point of view of four emblematic widows who lived through it. English Language & occasional English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 20min
1630hrs documentary screening
Reinalda del Carmen, Mi Mama y Yo (Reinalda del Carmen, my mother & me) dir Lorena Giachino. A young woman looks for disappeared friend of her mother’s, struggling through both legal and psychological obstacles. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 25min
1800hrs film screening
Missing dir Costa-Gavras. This political thriller about the disappearance of a young American writer and filmmaker, Charles Horman, during a military coup in South America, confronts their protagonists with lies and false hopes. English Language
Duration: 1hr 57min
2030hrs documentary screening
Salvador Allende dir Patricio Guzman. Narrated by Patricio Guzman (a filmmaker who has documented Chile’s recent history in depth), it focuses on Salvador Allende: a man atypical, revolutionary and fanatic of democracy to the point of suicide. Spanish Language & English Subtitles
Duration: 1hr 40min
2210hrs repeat screening
If/where requested by popular demand. This event is unique, be our special guest

Sponsors include:
Latin American House, London
The Victor Jara Foundation

Entry price/contribution per film: Yes please, as much as you can or think appropriate
All proceeds go to the Latin American House Cultural Fund

www.casalatina.org.uk
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50. SUFI KATHAK BY MANJARI CHATURVEDI, Jaipur, Nov 01/08

DEAR FRIENDS
If you happen to be in Jaipur on the weekend after Diwali, Do come
The Department of Art, Literature and Culture Government of Rajasthan Presents
SUFI KATHAK
BY
MANJARI CHATURVEDI
On
Saturday November 1, 2008
7 p.m.
At
Open Amphitheatre, Ravindra Manch, Jaipur

All are welcome
Regards
Tina Khanna
SUFI KATHAK FOUNDATION
sufikathakfoundation@gmail.com

Manjari Chaturvedi, New Delhi, India
Website: manjarisufikathak.com
Email: manjarisufikathak@hotmail.com
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49. Open Day – Vasl Int. Residency 2008 – ‘Writing home about home …’ Oct 24-30

vaslnewsletter@gmail.com
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48. 100 years since Continuous Journey: Reflection, Resistance, Celebration. Surrey Nov 22/08

SANSAD and friends are proud to present
Surrey Community Forum with Film and Panelists
Marking our History since Komagatamaru
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Doors open at 1:30 p.m, Program begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp
Conference Rooms G 1205A and G 1205B
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Ave., Surrey

From Scott Road Skytrain station a short bus ride on #319.
Snacks provided!

FILM Continuous Journey: An award-winning film by Ali Kazimi. This documentary focuses on the history of the Komagata Maru, while drawing connections between Canada’s broader immigration history as well as disaporic anti-colonial sentiment.

Panelists and Commentators include:
ALI KAZIMI:
Film-maker of “Continuous Journey” and internationally renowed filmmaker who has won over thirty awards and honours for his films including Continuous Journey, Runaway Grooms, Narmada, and others.
KABIR JOSHI – VIJAYAN:
Grade 10 student and inspiring youth from Toronto. His activism includes “Hood to Hood” to unify youth especially in working-class immigrant communities and Toronto Haiti Action Committee.
DR. BALBIR GURM:
Registerd nurse with a UBC doctorate in Education (Policy and Leadership). She is the President of VIRSA, a community non-profit that addresses South Asian youth violence.
HARSHA WALIA:
South Asian community activist, writer, and legal researcher. She is involved with SANSAD, No One Is Illegal, Radical Desis network, and other struggles for social justice.
DR. HARI SHARMA:
Dr. Hari Sharma: President of South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and Professor Emeritus at SFU. He is a long-time political activist and author in Canada and India.
DR. SUNERA THOBANI:
UBC Professor of Women’s Studies. She has also been involved with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and Canada Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity Network.

Organized by SANSAD
Co-sponsored and supported by VIRSA, Kwantlen Faculty Association, No One Is Illegal, Surrey Urban Youth Project, Progressive Inter-Cultural Community Services (PICS), Komagatamaru Heritage Foundation.

For further information, contact
Hari Sharma (SANSAD): 604-420-2972 or sharma@sfu.ca
Harjap Grewal (SANSAD): 778-552-2099 or harjap@gmail.com
Balbir Gurm (VIRSA): 778-578-0620 or president@virsa.ca

This event is part of week-long activities in the Vancouver area to mark over one hundred years of South Asian presence in Canada and to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Continuous Journey requirement. For a full listing of events visit:
southasianevents.blogspot.com
Street address: SANSAD
# 435, 552A Clark Road,
Coquitlam (Greater Vancouver), B.C., Canada V3K 6Z8
phone: (604) 420-2972
fax: (604) 420-2970
e-mail: sansad@sansad.org
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47. ‘Noise of the Past – a poetic journey of war, memory and dialogue’ Nov 8/08, Coventry

Invitation to a Premier Launch Event and Conference: Saturday 8th November 2008

1. PREMIER LAUNCH EVENT
– Coventry Cathedral, 7.00pm – 9.30pm (FREE Event & Reception)
– Screening of Unravelling – A film by Kuldip Powar, with original score by Nitin Sawhney
– Performance of Post-Colonial War Requiem – composed by Francis Silkstone
– A Special Opening by Martin Bell – OBE, UNICEF Ambassador, former war reporter & independent politician.

Noise of the Past presents two new related commissions produced from a creative call-and-response method to cast a different light on war and the art of dialogue.

Unravelling (2008, 17 mins) is the result of a unique film-making process, creatively working with poetry, archive materials, visual art and music. Internationally acclaimed Nitin Sawhney (http://bit.ly/sawhney) composed a new score in response to an original inter-generational poetic dialogue in
Urdu between Sawarn Singh, a WWII Indian soldier who fought for the British in Burma, the Middle East and Africa, before moving to the UK, and his grandson, Kuldip Powar. Working with this haunting score Powar directed an evocative and searching film.

Francis Silkstone has also taken the inter-generational poetic dialogue as the source of inspiration for Post-Colonial War Requiem, a new score to be performed in interaction with the phenomenal space of Coventry Cathedral.
Benjamin Britten’s original War Requiem inaugurated the newly-built Cathedral in 1962, offering Remembrance without militarism. Though consciously inclusive, it did not reference the contributions of the (now former) colonies.

Coventry Cathedral, Priory St, CV1 5AB
coventrycathedral.org.uk
Nearest car park: Cox St, CV1 5LW

Event Leaflet in PDF

2. PRE-LAUNCH CONFERENCE: War, Sound & Post-Coloniality
Saturday 8th November 2008, 1.30 – 5pm
St Mary’s Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RR
guildhall-map

Speakers include: Alessandro Portelli (Rome); Les Back (Goldsmiths); Prabhjot Parmar (Royal Holloway); Kuldip Powar (Film-Director); Francis Silkstone (Composer, Goldsmiths); Chair/Discussants: Shirin Rai (Warwick), Gen Doy (De Montfort) and Said Adrus (UEL).

Conference Programme in PDF
or visit:
goldsmiths.ac.uk

FREE – Register in advance, email: j.daykin@gold.ac.uk

‘Unravelling’ will continue to be screened 11th – 23rd November 2008
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP.
theherbert.org

Noise of the Past is a creative engagement with post-colonial histories of war, funded by the AHRC.
Project Directors:
Dr Nirmal Puwar – Goldsmiths, University of London; n.puwar@gold.ac.uk
Dr Sanjay Sharma – Brunel University; sanjay.sharma@brunel.ac.uk
goldsmiths.ac.uk
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46. PARTITION: THE LONG SHADOW: CLOSING SEMINAR. Nov 1 and 2/08, New Delhi

The Heinrich Boll Foundation, India Habitat Centre, Max Mueller Bhavan and Zubaan are pleased to invite you to the closing seminar of their year-long series – ‘Partition: The Long Shadow’.

Dates: 1 and 2 November 2008
Casuarina, India Habitat Centre, Vardhaman Marg, New Delhi 110003
10.30 am to 4.30 pm
All are welcome

The closing seminar of the series of dialogues and conversations entitled ‘Partition: The Long Shadow’ returns to some of the themes discussed during the series and explores them further. The seminar is not intended as an academic exercise, rather its aim is to look at how partition continues to live on in our lives in the subcontinent and how to move away from it, into the future. We have planned the seminar not as a set of formal presentations but as a series of conversations and panels. On both days, we will have such conversations, and these will be followed by panels. Given below is a tentative programme.
Day 1 – 1st November 2008
10.30 am: Registration and coffee
Session 1 – 11.00 am – 12.30 pm : Dialogue on art and peace between Sallima Hashmi and Alka Pande
12.30 pm – 2.00 pm : Lunch
Session 2 – 2.00 pm to 3.00pm : Dialogue between Subboranjan Dasgupta and Gargi Chakravarty on Women and Partition in the East
3.00 pm – 3.15 pm : Coffee

Session 3 – 3.15 pm – 4.30 pm : Round table discussion on the continuing legacies of partition. Panelists include: Saima Jasam, Ahmed Salim, Neelam Hussain, Kavita Panjabi
Day 2 – 2nd November 2008
Session 4 – 10.30 am – 11.30 am : Dialogue between Shama Zaidi and Ranjani Majumdar on the film Garm Hawa
11.30 am – 11.45 am: Coffee
Session 5 – 11.45 am – 12.30 pm : Dialogue between Shohini Ghosh and Urvashi Butalia on Partition and its impact in the East
12.30 pm – 2.00 pm : Lunch
Session 6 – 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm : Panel discussion on Partition and Psychiatry
3.30 pm : Closing discussion
Closing session: Brief remarks
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45. Solo Exhibition: Prem Singh, Oct 29/08, Mumbai
View Invitation
Organized by Pranjal Arts.
Contact Prem Singh at prem.p43@gmail.com
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Women Only EID and DIWALI Music Show, Virginia, October 18/08

MUSIC MEDIA DJs will play Pop, Disco, Dance, Rock, Country, Folk and Film songs
and
Music of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Arab states, Asia, Europe and North-South Americas
at
the Women Only Eid and Diwali
Fun and Entertainment program.

WHEN: Saturday, 18 October 2008

PARTY TIME: 5 p.m. to 12 Midnight

WHERE: Best Western hotel
6633 Arlington Blvd. Falls Church, Virginia 22042 USA
Telephone: 703-532-9000

FEATURES
– MUSIC MEDIA DJs and Dance Floor with Lights
– Dinner (Pakistani and Indian, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Food)
– Talent Program
– Fashion Show
– Prizes and Gifts

ADMISSION TICKETS
$25 per Adult – $10 per Child (ages 5-12) – Free: Children under 5

To buy tickets or for more information, CONTACT:
Ms. SABA: 703-401-2483 or 703-913-1918
sabaroshankhan@yahoo.com

Ms. Sadhna: 703-434-9623 or 703-451-2299
E-Mail: sadhna1111@yahoo.com

Ms. Zouqia: 703-644-1040
Ms. Fouzia: 571-276-4440
Ms. Nabeela: 703-644-3838
Ms. Farida: 703-929-4569
Ms. Ruby: 301-885-8270

www.InformPress.com
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Memory and Renewal: the Grenada Revolution, the US Invasion and Caribbean communities here and now, Oct 30-Nov 1, Toronto

Pan-Caribbean Futures 25 years after Grenada
DATE: October 30, 12-2 p.m.
PLACE: History Seminar room, Room 2098, Sidney Smith Building
University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street
Brian Meeks (University of the West Indies, Mona)
Silvio Torres-Saillant (Syracuse)

Operation Urgent Memory: The Grenada Revolution and the US Invasion, Twenty Five Years Later.
DATE: Thursday, October 30, 6pm
PLACE: Eaton Theatre, RCC204, in the Rogers Communications Centre
Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street (at Church Street)
Shalini Puri (Pittsburgh University)

Memory and Renewal: The Grenada Story.
DATE: October 31, 7 p.m.
PLACE: William Doo, New College, 45 Willcocks Street
(1 block south of Harbord, off Spadina)
Merle Collins, Dionne Brand, Shalini Puri, Jacob Ross, Roger Gibbs

Against Forgetting: Caribbean Futures 25 years after the Invasion of Grenada
DATE: November 1, 2008, 6pm
PLACE: Jamaican Canadian Association
995 Arrow Road, Toronto
Merle Collins, Jacob Ross, Brian Meeks, Mbala and surprise performers.

Sponsors:
University of Toronto, Caribbean Studies, New College Principal’s Initiative Fund, English, Political Science, Caribbean Continuities Series (History)
Ryerson, The English Department
York University, The Community Arts Program of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Humanities and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

For further information:
Alissa Trotz: da.trotz@utoronto.ca
416-978-8286
Honor Ford-Smith: hoperoad@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 22629
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Panther Legacy invitation – 5pm Sat Nov 8th, Tabernacle, Notting Hill

The Black Panther Legacy
6:30pm, Saturday November 8th
The Tabernacle
Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY

Speakers:
Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panthers)
Billy X Jennings (Black Panther Alumni)
Darcus Howe (Broadcaster and journalist)
MC Bashy, Clarence Thomas and Zena Edwards
Chair: Sukant Chandan

RSVP Sukant Chandan and Gabrielle Tierney
Deadline via email, Monday 20th October:
bpcc66@gmail.com

Emory Douglas was former Minister of Culture in the Black Panther Party throughout the Party’s existence making him a long-standing senior leader of the Black Panthers. Emory Douglas designed the Party’s newspaper and created most of the Black Panther propaganda art. Emory Douglas is without exaggeration one of the most important cultural contributors to the struggle of oppressed Black people in the US.

Billy X Jennings is a veteran ex-Black Panther and helps to run projects for ex-Panthers in the Black Panther Alumni.

Also we will be having a cultural program featuring MC Bashy, Clarence Thomas and Zena Edwards.

You are invited to join other venerated guests who are associated with or are supportive of the Black Panther’s legacy. We are hoping to raise a considerable amount of money for Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Alumni projects, and in so doing, contributing modestly to those who have sacrificed more than most for justice in the USA.

The timing of this event is particularly as the US presidential election race would have been concluded a few days before this function and the panel are ideally situated to give profound insights into what the results mean for the US and the world.

Black Panther Commemoration Committee, England
blackpanther1966.blogspot.com
Phone: 07709 112 126 London
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Portraits 2007: From Maharajas to Glitteratis, Marion Colomer Exhibition, Chandigarh Sept 23 to Oct 3

The French Embassy in India and
Alliance Française de Chandigarh
In collaboration with Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
Invite you to
“Portraits 2007: From Maharajas to Glitteratis”
A painting exhibition

By French artist Marion Colomer

September 23rd to October 3rd
9:00 am-7:00pm
The Alliance Art Gallery
Alliance Française Le Corbusier
Next to Hibiscus Garden
Sector 36 A, Chandigarh, India

Isabelle Normand
Directeur

Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh
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Sufi Kathak by Manjari Chaturvedi at Bhubaneshwar

BHUBANESHWAR MUSIC CIRCLE PRESENTS
SUFI KATHAK
BY
MANJARI CHATURVEDI
ON
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 , 7 P.M.
AT
RABINDRA MANDAP, BHUBANESHWAR

Entry by invitation only
SUFI KATHAK FOUNDATION
www.sufikathak.org
www.manjarisufikathak.com
sufikathak@gmail.com

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Dear Artists – Contact the MUSIC MEDIA Today!
Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Afghan, Iranian and South Asian Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Models, Entertainers, DJs and Artists!
Contact the MUSIC MEDIA today to perform in musical programs, talent/fashion shows and entertainment functions in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Pakistan, India and many other countries of the world.

For more information:
musicmedianet.wordpress.com

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Modern Poetry in Translation, London Oct 24/08
John Berger in conversation with David Constantine and Rema Hammami
Southbank Centre
October 24th at 7.30pm
John Berger, David Constantine and Rema Hammami will talk about PALESTINE, the April issue of Modern Poetry in Translation, and the importance of poetry in translation. John Berger and Rema Hammami will read their translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Mural. There will be a short film by

John Berger of a story by the Palestinian writer Ghassan Khanafani to open the evening.
John Berger’s new book From A to X: A Story in Letters is published by Verso and was longlisted for the Booker Prize this year. David Constantine’s new poetry collection Nine Fathom Deep will be published in 2009 by Bloodaxe.

Friday October 24th at 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tickets: £10
www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Tel: 0871 663 2586
In person Royal Festival Hall 10am-8pm daily.

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Punjab Research Group Meeting, London Oct 25/08
The next PRG meeting will take place on 25 October 2008. It will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London and will coincide with an exhibition on, The Punjab: Moving Journeys.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or attending the meeting please contact me: pvirdee@dmu.ac.uk.
Also below are some recent entries on the PRG blog; if you would like to share any news about conferences, your research, new publications etc please contact me to post them on the blog.
www.theprg.co.uk

Brown Bag Radio September Schedule
September 2008 live webcast schedule: September 10, 10 AM (PDT)

Harold A. Gould, University of Virginia, will discuss his latest book, Sikhs, Swamis, Students and Spies. The book details Sikh emigration to America from 1900 to 1946. The discussant will be Knut Axel Jacobsen, University of Bergen (Norway), who has conducted similar research in Europe.
About Brown Bag Radio
Brown Bag Radio (BBR) is modelled on the popular brown bag lunches held at larger universities worldwide. The typical BBR program includes a 20-30 minute presentation by a featured speaker geared to a PowerPoint presentation, commentary and exchange with a discussant, and a Q&A session involving the listening audience.

SASA Conference Call for Papers
Call for Papers
South Asia: Transitions, Tribulations and Triumphs
University of Central Florida
Aprl 3-5, 2009
The deadline for submitting proposal abstracts to Dr. Chandrika Kaul (program@sasia.org), the program chair, is November 30, 2008. Visit the SASA website for additional details www.sasia.org.

International Conference on “History, Politics and Society: The Punjab”
University of the Punjab, Lahore, 29-31 December, 2008.
Pakistan Study Center in collaboration with the Department of History and Research Society of Pakistan, University of the Punjab, Lahore is organizing a three-day international conference on “History, Politics and Society: The Punjab”.
For further details please contact Prof. Dr. S. Qalb-i-Abid (Principal Organizer), Chairman, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Director Research Society of Pakistan, University of the Punjab, Lahore. pu_history@yahoo.com

The Punjab: Moving Journeys
Please follow the link for details about the exhibition by the Royal Geographical Society on the Punjab. The exhibition is on from
9 September – 27 November 2008
Open Monday – Friday, 10.00 -17.00.
Free Entry
www.rgs.org

The Voice from the Rural Areas: Muslim-Sikh Relations in the British Punjab, 1940-47
Akhtar Hussain Sandhu, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Akhtar is currently in the UK attached to the University of Southampton. He presented this paper at the June PRG meeting and would like others to read it and share any comments or provide feedback. Please either post your comments directly on the blog or email Akhtar directly on akhtar.sandhu@gmail.com.

Alyssa Ayres, ‘Language, the Nation, and Symbolic Capital: The Case of Punjab’
The Journal of Asian Studies (2008), 67:917-946
Alyssa Ayres is an international consultant based in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor of India Review. Please see an abstract of her latest article appearing in the latest edition of JAS, /journals.cambridge.org

Amrita Pritam – Ode to Waris Shah
Translation from the original in Punjabi by Khushwant Singh.
Amrita Pritam: Selected Poems.
Ed Khushwant Singh.
(Bharatiya Jnanpith Publication, 1992)

Photographs from East Punjab, 1978
Photographs taken during a trip to East Punjab in 1978 by Marek Jakubowski, architect and photographer originally from Warsaw and now living in London.

Dr Pippa Virdee
Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Convenor for the Punjab Research Group
www.theprg.co.uk
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33. SADA-E SARHAD (Music from across the border), New Delhi 1-2 09/08
India Habitat Centre (New Delhi) invites you to two concerts of South Asian classical music on 1st and 2nd September, 2008, at 7 pm at Stein Auditorium
1st September, 2008 (Monday)
– Ustad Naseeruddin Saami (Classical vocalist from Karachi, Pakistan)
2nd September, 2008 (Tuesday)
– Noor Zehra Kazim (Veena player from Lahore, Pakistan)
– Nafees Ahmed (Sitar player from Karachi, Pakistan)

Programmes on both days start at 7 pm at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
About the artists:
Naseeruddin Saami (Karachi)
Ustad Saami, a Khayal vocalist from Pakistan, belongs to the Dilli gharana of Hindustani classical music. His family migrated from Delhi to Karachi in 1947, and went through difficult times to pursue and preserve the music tradition they had inherited for last 700 years from the famous musician-poet Amir Khusrau of Delhi. Ustad Saami learnt from various ustads including his uncle Munshi Raziuddin who also taught Qawwali to his sons, the famous Fareed Ayaz qawwals of Pakistan. Ustad Saami performs with his sons Rauf Ahmed and Urooj Ahmed.
Noor Zehra Kazim (Lahore)
Noor Zehra, born in Lahore, has been learning Sitar and Veena from various ustads including Shareef Khan Poonchwale. She performs on Sagar-Veena, a unique instrument developed by her lawyer-musicologist father Raza Kazim, who has been working on this instrument for over 36 years, and aims to re-create a mode of emotional communication through this instrument. Sagar-Veena has been performed at various occasions in Pakistan, Japan and other countries. This is the first time the instrument has been brought to India.
Ustad Nafees Ahmed (Karachi)
Nafees Ahmed Khan is an accomplished Sitar player from Pakistan. Equally proficient in solo and accompaniment forms of sitar playing, his strength is his command over rhythmic interplay. He learnt his art from his father, the illustrious Sitar Nawaz Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. As a young boy, he was first trained as a vocalist. His gharana of Kapurthala (Punjab) is known for its Gayaki Ang. He has traveled extensively and performed all over the world. Currently he is the head of the Music department at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi. In his position, he is very keen on this collaborative project.
Contact Yousuf Saeed: saeed.yousuf@gmail.com
More information: www.ektara.org
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31. Exhibition ‘The Punjab: Moving Journeys’, London, Sept 9–Nov 27
The exhibition reveals the ‘Punjab’, a region spanning India and Pakistan. The complex history of this region and its modern significance are explored from the perspectives of five UK community groups with links to both countries.

The ‘moving journeys’ of successive generations of Punjabi people, both within and across borders, are explored.

Community organisations who contributed include Cartwright Hall Young Ambassadors (Bradford), the Muslim Women’s Welfare Association (Ilford), the North Hertfordshire Sikh Education Council, the Satrangi Group (London), adults and elders from the UK Punjab Heritage Association and the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail.

Exhibition dates
9 September– 27November
Monday – Friday, 10.00-17.00
Free Entry
More information: www.rgs.org

Royal Geographical Society with IBG
1Kensington Gore, London SW72AR
+44 (0)20 75913000
+44 (0)20 75913001
Contact: crossingcontinents@rgs.org
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30. South Asian Project, Six Degrees Of Separation Exhibition and OddSpaces Project, 4-20 09/08

The South Asian Project is a show that will commemorate ten years of Triangle Art activities within the region. The shows will open simultaneously at their respective venues all across South Asia – Khoj, Britto, Theertha and Vasl.

Faisal Anwer’s project will connect all these 4 art spaces for 5 days and run alongside the art show. The artists participating are a selection of artists who have traveled participated in the workshops and residencies in the network.

For the South Asian show the artists will show a recent and an old work done by them in their residency/workshop they attended. A catalogue of the whole South Asian Project will be published later.

Dates – 4th- 20th September 2008
Venue: VM Art Gallery – Karachi

Contact Naiza H Khan at: vasl_art@yahoo.com
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27. Readings Outside the Margins! August 24 Toronto
Anand Mahadevan (The Strike) and Trish Salah (Wanting in Arabic) will be reading at Xtra!’s Writing Outside the Margins festival of Queer literary arts in Toronto.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Writing Outside the Margins
Church Street between Alexander and Gloucester
Toronto, ON

From the website:
Once again Church Street will become a pedestrian-only zone where LGBT readers and writers will join forces to participate in a day-long interactive celebration of queer literary arts. This year provides a completely different roster of over a dozen authors soliciting a summer sensory exploration. As well, after the popularity of last year, there will be an expanded Pink Ink Open Mic series, where anyone can garner their 15 minutes of fame. The three featured authors (John Cameron Mitchell, Michelle Tea and Kinnie Starr) bring a wealth of creative influx representative of their home towns New York City, San Francisco and Vancouver.

Annual TSAR Book Launch:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 (@ The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6 | 416 531 4635
TSAR Publications
(416) 483-7191
inquiries@tsarbooks.com
www.tsarbooks.com

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26. VASL Artshare: Faisal Anwar, New Media Artist, Toronto August 21/08

RASVP: vaslnewsletter@gmail.com

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24. Sacred Music of the Punjab I and II, Courses at Hofstra University NY, Sept-Dec 2008

Hofstra University Continuing Education and the Department of Religion are proud to offer two new courses this fall that focus on the musical traditions of Sikhism.
Sacred Music of the Punjab I and II will examine music traditions in a broad South Asian context and will include a historical overview of Sikh gurus and their musical contributions, musical theory and techniques, vocal and instrumental elements, and the role of music in Sikh scripture.
Toward the end of each course, there will be a performance of Sikh music. The performances are free and open to the public.
THE COURSES WILL BE TAUGHT BY TWO
RENOWNED EXPERTS IN SIKH MUSICOLOGY:
Bhai Baldeep Singh, a 13th-generation exponent of Sikh Kirtan Maryada (vocalist, percussionist, string player), instrument maker, lecturer, archivist, and founder of Anad Conservatory, an institute of Sikh aesthetics and culture.
Gurnam Singh, Ph.D., founder, professor, and chair of the Department of Gurmat Sangeet within the Faculty of Arts and Culture at Punjabi University in Patiala, Punjab, who has published 14 books, 27 edited books, and numerous articles, and is a senior fellow of Sangeet Natak Research Academy, New Delhi.

Sacred Music of the Punjab I: September 11-October 2
Sacred Music of the Punjab II: November 18-December 9

Both courses meet Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:35 p.m., and can be taken for one credit each or as non-credit courses.
JOIN US FOR TWO FREE CONCERTS OF TRADITIONAL SIKH KIRTAN MUSIC:

Bhai Baldeep Singh and Group (Delhi, India) Thursday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Gurnam Singh and Group (Patiala, Punjab, India) Tuesday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Performances take place at the Mack Student Center Theater, North Campus, Hofstra University. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Click here for more information about the free concerts

Hofstra University Continuing Education
E-mail: ce@hofstra.edu
Phone: (516) 463-7200
Address: 250 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549
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23. USA Premiere of ‘Streets of Karachi’, Palo Alto August 16/08
View Trailer:

Premiere Date: Sat, Aug 16th, 2008
Venue: A film theater in Palo Alto, California, USA (San Francisco Bay Area)
Film Title: Streets of Karachi
Spoken Language: Urdu
Sub-title: English
Runtime: 85 Minutes
Format: HD
Genre: Docu-drama
Presentation: Precept Productions
Executuve Producer: Jawad Qureshi
Produced & Directed by: Shoieb Yunus
Cast: Adil Murad, Nadia Hussain, Munawar Saeed, Umair Leghari, others.
Website: preceptglobalaccess.com
More information:shoieb@preceptglobalaccess.com

Books About Karachi
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21. M. Hanif’s play, ‘The dictator’s wife’, 5th August, London UK
You are invited to a theatrical performance starring Nimra Bucha on Tuesday 5th August, 2008. The play, ‘The Dictator’s Wife’, is written by Mohammed Hanif (of ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ fame) and will be performed for only one night before moving to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif

Venue for the 5th August performance: Hall G2 at SOAS, University of London
Partners, family and friends all welcome.

RSVP: Anita Mir at nokthe@yahoo.co.uk

The Campaign for

Democratic

Pakistan

Presents

AN EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEW

OF

THE DICTATOR’S WIFE

by Mohammed Hanif

performed by Nimra Bucha

One Night Only

Tuesday 5th August 2008

HALL G2, SOAS,UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

7pm. Duration: approx. 45 mins.

No tickets. Donations welcome.

No late comers allowed.

The First Lady has received five thousand roses for her thirty-fourth wedding anniversary. Her husband, the sixth most powerful man in the world, has started bringing a briefcase to bed. The only problem is that the brief case contains active controls for the country’s nuclear weapons. Can this family feud be contained to the family bedroom?

MOHAMMED HANIF is a journalist and a writer, currently the head of BBC’s Urdu Service. His radio play “What Now, Now That We Are Dead?” was produced and broadcast by BBC World Service. His first novel “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” was published by Jonathan Cape in June. (Signed copies available)

NIMRA BUCHA has acted on stage and radio in Pakistan and the UK. She was actively involved in and performed with Baang Theatre, an actor’s collective in Pakistan before she moved to London. She has also acted in plays for BBC World Service and Radio 4 and was in the radio adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”.

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20. A Workshop on the Impact of the 1947 Partition on the Classical Music of South Asia, 22 – 23 August 2008, New Delhi
Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, invite scholars, musicians, students and enthusiasts of Hindustani classical music to participate in and contribute to an
interesting 2-day session of dialogue and music-making where we expect to have eminent musicians and researchers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you have been involved in a unique research or documentation about the development of classical music in the post-1947 South Asia, and would like to share your work or findings with others, kindly send us the details. Or if you are simply
interested in this theme, you are welcome to join us in August in an informal discussion.

Some of the following themes or panels would form a part of this workshop:
1. Cultural identity and the making of nations
2. Partition and the music gharana narratives
3. Traditional knowledge-transmission affected by the border
4. Between popular and elite: Music adapting to the changing audience

The day-long sessions would be followed by music concerts with the visiting musicians in the evening at a nearby auditorium. Some of the musicians and scholars likely to participate are Raza Kazim (Lahore), Naseeruddin Saami (Karachi), Lakshmi Subramaniam (Delhi), S.Kalidas
(Delhi), Amlan Dasgupta (Kolkata), and Vidya Rao (Delhi), among others. More details about the panels and the schedule can be seen at the following website:
ektaramusic.com

There is no charge for attending or participating in the workshop. However, you may like to inform us in advance about your attending as the seats are limited. For more information contact:
Yousuf Saeed (Independent researcher): saeed.yousuf@gmail.com
Lakshmi Subramaniam (Prof. in History, JMI)

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19. ‘Bahu-Bhashi kavi-darbar’ July 27, Milpitas Community Library, CA

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You are invited to a multilingual poetry fest the ‘Bahu-Bhashi Kavi-Darbar’ to be held at Milpitas Community Library (cross-section of 237 Hwy and Milpitas Blvd in Milpitas) starting at 2 pm on July 27th, Sunday.

View more in PDF.

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18. ‘African Lens: The Story of Priya Ramrakha’ a Film by Shravan Vidyarthi, July 14 Zanzibar


AFRICAN LENS: THE STORY OF PRIYA RAMRAKHA
(55 minutes)
a film by Shravan Vidyarthi

Zanzibar International Film Festival
July 14th, 2008 at 11:15 AM
House of Wonders
Stone Town
Zanzibar

African Lens, The Story of Priya Ramrakha commemorates the work of a remarkable photographer who defined his career by embracing the people and events of Africa as a personal subject. One of Africa’s first international photojournalists, Ramrakha traveled the continent, documenting the lives of ordinary people for the world press.

In 1968, Priya was killed while on assignment for Life magazine, covering the civil war in Biafra, Nigeria. He was 33 years old.

Since his death, Priya’s work has never been displayed. His stunning portraits of African life were never exhibited. His photographs for Life magazine were never republished. Until now, his story has never been told.

The film features rare archival images and newsreels from 1950’s and 1960’s Africa, as well as interviews with various photographers, journalists and historians, including Morley Safer (CBS News), Dr. Ali Mazrui (African Studies scholar), the late Achieng Oneko (Editor of Ramogi Newspaper), Chester Higgins Junior (New York Times photographer), Paul Theroux (author), and Peter Sissons, (former ITN correspondent.)

View the Trailer:AfricanLensTrailer
For further information please contact Shravan Vidyarthi: vidyarts@yahoo.com
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16. ‘Dance Below White Sheets’ A Film by Isa Vandi, Vancouver July 17

Film by Isa Vandi

Film by Isa Vandi

The North American premier of this Farsi documentary film is due in Vancouver on
Thursday, July 17 at 7:30PM
At
Scotia Bank Dance Center
677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Contact: 604-727-8986

View Farsi Poster

Organized by Friends of Women in the Middle East (FWME)
Sponsored by Equal Rights Now (organization against women’s discrimination in Iran)

www.equal-rights-now.com

Iranian Cinema

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14. ‘The Victim’ by Kanwal Dhaliwal will be displayed in Birmingham

The portrait of Chhajjalwaddi, ‘The Victim’ by Kanwal Dhaliwal, would be displayed in an ‘Exhibition of Portraits’ in the city of Birmingham.
Venue: The Gallery 2
RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists)
4, Brook Street, St. Paul’s, Birmingham, B3 1SA
Dates: 9th July – 30th August 2008
Private View : Thursday 10th July, 18.30 hrs – 20.00 hrs.
View the portrait here at Uddari Art Exhibition.
Contact Kanwal Dhaliwal at: www.art-d-kanwal.com

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13. Amnesty International Presents Zimbabwean Play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ in Vancouver
Amnesty International is pleased to announce the Canadian premiere of
Super Patriots and Morons’
August 8 and 9
At the UBC Frederic Wood Theatre
7:30PM each night

Performances will be followed by a talkback session featuring members of the cast and guest speakers.

Tickets: $15 in advance for general admission. $10 for students, seniors, and underemployed persons.
For reservations call 604-294-5160 or send an e-mail at pro@amnesty.ca

‘Super Patrons and Morons’ is written by Raisedon Baya and Leornard Matsa, and originally produced in Zimbabwe by Rooftop Promotions. It is a political satire about a ruling political party and its despotic leader, and is set in a country suffering from severe food shortages, fuel and food queues coupled with a repressive government infamous for using the state security to silence dissenting voices.

After several performances in Zimbabwe, the play was banned in the country but has toured most countries in Africa and Europe. In 2007, it was short-listed for the Freedom of Expression Award by Amnesty International UK.

“The play challenges audiences to think about how and when to take personal action to bring about political change, especially in the face of economic and political violence,” said Don Wright, Executive Producer of the play, and a staff member of the local chapter of Amnesty International.

The Vancouver production of ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ is directed by Pasi Gunguwo, and features Jean Pierre as the President of the Super Patriots – the ruling party, and Carlos Joe Costa as Bazooka, the president’s right hand man. Other cast members include Ezeadi, Patrick Onokwulu, Tendai Mpofu and Ruth Akefa Azu.

Director Pasi Gunguwo is a multi-talented Zimbabwean native who started as an actor and later received theatre training at Amakhosi Theatre Productions from Cont Mhlanga, one of the most fearless theatre directors in Zimbabwe, and widely known in that country for his Theatre for Community Action. Pasi has created and performed music for live presentations, and has worked in theatre and film in Zimbabwe, South Africa, the US and Canada. Locally he has served as the Artistic Director of the award-winning Britannia World Music Society. His African opera Muti Usina Zita (Tree with no name) is scheduled to premiere at Vancouver Children’s Festival in 2009.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of “ordinary” people who work together to achieve extraordinary results. Each day we stand in solidarity with–and help protect–individuals and communities around the world whose human rights are under attack. We appeal for the violations to stop. We mobilize public pressure to prevent human rights abuses from taking place. And we support Amnesty’s campaigns through our financial contributions. Amnesty members come from many different cultures and backgrounds. What unites us is our determination to build a world where all people live in dignity, security and freedom.

Media contacts:
Don Wright, Executive Producer: 604-313-4069 / dwright@amnesty.ca
Pasi Gunguwo, Director: 778-565-1047 / pasigunguwo@gmail.com

For more information on Amnesty International concerns about the current political violence in Zimbabwe please go to:
www.amnesty.ca/zimbabwe
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12. AIDS Walk San Francisco – July 20, 2008

Why Will You Walk?

Please share your compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS, and your determination to see the end of AIDS, by once again registering for AIDS Walk San Francisco.

Registering for AIDS Walk San Francisco has never been easier:

1. Click this link to register now
2. Choose your registration type (Join a Team or Individual)
3. Choose the option to “autofill your form”
4. Enter your username and password. Your username is: FauziaR (if you don’t remember your password, click ‘forgot password’)
5. Your personal information will be automatically filled-in and your fundraising HQ will be waiting for you!
6. A great way for you and your friends to raise funds is to form a fundraising team! Click here to learn more about how to form an AIDS Walk San Francisco team!

Once you have registered, we will send you all the information you will need to participate. In the meantime, you can download a sponsor form and other materials from our website at: www.aidswalk.net. We also encourage you to call our office at (415) 615-WALK (9255) and speak with a Fundraising Specialist. With their help and expertise, you can surpass your fundraising total from last year!

If you prefer, you can always register by phone. Simply call (415) 615-WALK (9255) and we will be happy to register you.

Your support will help the San Francisco AIDS Foundation prevent new HIV infections and promote health among those living with HIV. If you’d like more info about HIV/AIDS, call the California HIV/AIDS Hotline at 800-367-AIDS.

Thank you for your generous and on-going commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS in our community!

Benefiting

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation
and other HIV/AIDS service organizations serving the six Bay Area counties.


If you cannot walk and fundraise this year, but would still like to participate, you can:
Sponsor A Walker, Make A General Donation, or Volunteer.
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11. Readings from ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ by Mohammed Hanif in Karachi/Lahore
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif
Karachi, 22nd June, 6PM
Suggested Minimum Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F)
6-C, Prime Point Building, Phase 7, Khayaban-e-Ittehad, DHA, Karachi
Contact: 538-9273 | 0300-823-0276
Lahore, 23rd June, ? at LUMS
Contact: Furrukh A Khan at furrukh@lums.edu.pk

About the novel, Zia Ur Rehmam writes from London: “There is an ancient saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world’s sturdiest plane, carrying Pakistan’s military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988?
“Teasing, provocative, and very funny, Mohammed Hanif’s debut novel takes one of the subcontinent’s enduring mysteries and out of it, spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggar’s dream.
“According to Mohsin Hamid, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, is one of the most important Pakistani novels of recent times, unputdownable and darkly hilarious. Mohammed Hanif is a brave, gifted writer. He has taken territory in desperate need of satire – General Zia, the military, Pakistan at the time of the Soviet-Afghan war – and made it undeniably his own.”

Information from CMKP_PK Digest Number 1527. A newsletter of Communist Workers & Peasants Party in Pakistan.

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10. Aitzaz Ahsan to speak in Washington DC
Advocate Aitzaz Ahsan, who has emerged as a revered leader of the movement for democracy in Pakistan, is scheduled to speak at Washington Pakistan Forum (WPF) of the Amnesty International USA on Thursday, June 26.

Advocate Muneer A. Malik will accompany Ahsan in the discussions involving the reinstatement of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other illegally deposed judges of Supreme Court and provincial High Courts.

Ahsan and Malik represent the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP) working to assure that the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan is upheld.

Thursday, 26 June 2008 at 5:30PM
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003 USA
Metro: Eastern Market stop. Blue or Orange lines.

For more information or to request an e-mail invitation for this
special event, contact
:
Mr. T. KUMAR
Advocacy Director for Asia & Pacific
Amnesty International USA
Telephone: 202-544-0200 ext. 224
Fax: 202-546-7142
E-Mail: tkumar@aiusa.org

AIUSA: www.amnestyusa.org
AI: www.amnesty.org
Mr. SYED ADEEB
Director: Pakistan Justice Forum (PJF)
E-Mail: adeebpress@gmail.com
Telephone: 703-801-2303
Website: www.justiceforum.info
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.
Information provided by www.ReportPress.com
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9. June 21: the National Aboriginal Day in Canada

Various events are taking place in the country to celebrate the history, culture, achievements and the ongoing contributions of the Aboriginal Peoples in developing Canadian society and culture.
National Aboriginal Day Concert at the Museum of Anthropology
12:00-4:00PM
Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver
Contact Danielle at 604-822-5978
www.moa.ubc.ca

National Aboriginal Day
June 21 (10AM-8PM), June 22 (10AM-4PM)
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Contact Olivia Stephens or Kristy Tait at 1-866-646-4944 or 778-227-8934
www.nationalaboriginaldayntvs.com
Also view:
National Aborignal Day Events in British Columbia
This day was first celebrated in 1996 after the Former Governor General Roméo LeBlanc declared it as National Aboriginal Day on June 13. The demand for such a day was made in 1982 by National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) that wanted to declare June 21 as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day. Later, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day in 1995; and in the same year, the Sacred Assembly chaired by Elijah Harper called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal peoples.

The National Aborignal Day offsets the week long celebrations leading to Canada Day on July 1st, 2008.

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8. South Asian Peoples Unity Conference, October 2008

A conference is scheduled to be held in October 2008 in Toronto to forge unity among South Asians against the ‘Neoliberal World View’. Co-sponsored by South Asian Studies Program, York University AND South Asian Studies Program, University of Toronto, it is being organized by South Asian Peoples Forum (SAPF). The conference will take place over 3 days and will draw participants from the South Asian region and the diaspora.The theme of the conference is Left Unity.

SAPF organizers believe that progressive organizations and political parties in South Asia have numerous common region-wide issues in the era of globalization. We believe that we need to build a shared regional platform on principles of anti-neoliberal developmentalism and against dangerous militarization of our state and society. We wish to explore if issues of refugee, gender, economic, and food security, can be resolved within a regional framework. This conference envisions itself as a space where seasoned activists from differing national and organizational backgrounds can discuss such issues so as to strengthen future work and further the bonds of solidarity between our people over time. At the close of the conference, we will discuss how to disseminate the dialogues.

Please email Sara Abraham at sapf@sympatico.ca for more information. The organizers will provide assistance in obtaining Canadian tourist visas for attendees; and will cover all accommodation and related expenses in Toronto. Once your attendance is confirmed, you will be notified as to which panel you will be placed in and other details.

The South Asian Peoples Forum (SAPF) is a progressive, democratic, and secular forum, which aims for the strengthening of people of South Asia across borders in an era of increased capitalist and military intervention, declining civil rights for women and men, and increased ethnic divisions between peoples. SAPF builds alliances with individuals and groups to share information, present speakers and facilitate discussions, intervene in the public sphere, and organize internationally. SAPF is a registered Canadian organization. SAPF Convenors: Barrister Hamid Bashani and Sara Abraham, University of Toronto.

More information at: http://www.sapf.ca/
Information provided to Uddari by Ijaz Syed.

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7. The 9th Annual Deepak Binning Walk-a-Thon.

Sunday June 8, 2008

11am at King George Park, Cambie Community Centre (Cambie/Jacobs), Richmond

Followed by the Westcoast Bhangra Festival

For more information call Paul Binning at 778-889-8255

Email: dbf2000@shaw.ca

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6. This Magazine’s 12th Annual Great Canadian Literary Hunt is On!

The Great Canadian Literary Hunt recognizes the best and brightest new fiction and poetry being produced in this country today. Win cash prizes! (Plus, get your work read by 10,000 This Magazine readers across the country, including top publishers, writers and editors.) Past winners of the Great Canadian Literary Hunt have gone on to win honours at the National Magazine Awards, the Journey Prize, they’ve been published by the top houses in the country and are among the hottest writers in fiction and poetry today. You could be next! Just send your entries by July 2 and join This Magazine’s 42-year tradition of heralding the brightest talents in Canadian letters. Questions? Just email contests@thismagazine.ca or visit www.thismagazine.ca for more information.

Rules of Engagement
1. Original, unpublished poems of up to 100 lines and short stories of up to 5,000 words by Canadian citizens or residents are eligible.
2. First place in each category is $750 plus publication in a special literary supplement to the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of This Magazine. Second and third prize in each category is a lovely This Magazine prize pack, plus publication in the literary supplement.
3. Entry fees: $20 for one short story or two poems. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to This Magazine (current subscribers will have an additional year added to their subscription term). Each additional entry is $5. Entry fees must be paid by personal cheque or money order payable to This Magazine.
4. Entrant’s name MUST NOT appear on the manuscript itself. All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with entrant’s full name, address, postal code, telephone number, email address, submission title(s) and category.
5. To receive a list of winners, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone.
6. Entrants agree to be bound by the contest rules. Judges’ decisions are final.
7. Entries must be postmarked no later than July 2, 2008 and mailed to: THE GREAT CANADIAN LITERARY HUNT c/o This Magazine, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 396, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

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5. Book Launch: ‘All That Mighty Heart: London Poems’, ed. Lisa Russ Spar

London Poems, ed. Lisa Russ Spaar

An anthology titled All That Mighty Heart: London Poems (University of Virginia Press), is due to be launched:
On 3 June 2008 Tuesday 7pm
At the Swedenborg Hall, 20–21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A
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Contributors include William Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Carol Ann Duffy, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Joseph Brodsky, William Blake, Mary Adams, and many more. Among them The Peacock in Walpole Park, Ealing by Amarjit Chandan!
Also, view Paving Stones by Ravi Shankar and The Double City by Moniza Alvi.
Find the book at:
www.amazon.com

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4. SL Parasher ‘Partition and Beyond’, London-Berlin, May 13-June 6

SL Parasher 'Partition and Beyond', London-Berlin, May 13 to June 6, 2008

S.L. Parasher (1904-1990)

Artist, Sculptor, Muralist and Writer

Inaugration on Tuesday May 13, 7:30pm by Ambassador Meera Shankar

On view from May 13 to June 6, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5pm

Foyer, The Tagore Center, Embassy of India, Tiergartenstrasse 17, 10785 Berlin

For more info: www.prajnaparasher.com

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3. “Zameen” by Kali Theater Company, London 2008

Zameen by Kali Theater Company, London 2008

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2. Pakistan’s Judicial Crisis

& Remembering Karachi May 12 Carnage

Keynote Speaker: Tayyab Mahmud
Discussants: Javed Ellahie, Ijaz Syed, Dabbir Tirmizi

Pakistan's Judicial Crisis

The crisis in the Pakistani judiciary that began over a year ago, with Pervez Musharraf sacking the Chief Justice on March 9 2007, still continues. In its wake, it has mobilized lawyers, students and social activists in unprecedented numbers, challenged the dictatorial and military rule of General Musharraf, and continues to haunt the political leaders at the helm today.

Karachi, May 12 Carnage

KARACHI – MAY 12 – 2007 A year ago, as the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry tried to make his way in to Karachi, the city burnt. Supporters of the defiant Chaudhry clashed with the pro-Musharraf Army and local political parties, leaving over 40 people dead, hundreds injured and a city of over 12 million engulfed in unprecedented violence. This event is to mark one year of that carnage, and explore different contexts of the judicial crisis. Tayyab Mahmud, Professor and Associate Dean at Seattle University School of Law, has published extensively in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal history and legal theory.

DISCUSSANTS:

  • Javed Ellahie: Prominent Bay Area Pakistani lawyer
  • Ijaz Syed: FOSA member and long time activist
  • Dabbir Tirmizi: International Political Secretary with PTI

For more information, visit http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 4:00 pm

Pakistan American Cultural Center

372 Turquoise Street
Milpitas, CA 95035
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1. 1. Second Annual International Coventry Literature Festival

The Herbert Café. Jordan Well, City Centre, Coventry

Thursday 15th May 2008, 7pm

This event, presented in English and Punjabi, will be chaired by Rakesh Bhanot, Subject Convenor, Creative and Professional Writing, Coventry University.

AMARJIT CHANDAN has published five collections of poetry and two books of essays in Punjabi. He has edited and translated 30 anthologies of Indian and world poetry and fiction, and brought the work of Brecht, Neruda, Ritsos, Hikmet, Cardenal, Martin Carter and John Berger into Punjabi. He was one of ten British poets selected by Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, on National Poetry Day in 2001 and participated in the International Aldeburgh Poetry Festival the same year. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Punjab Government’s Language Department (2004) and from the All-Party Parliamentary Group ‘Panjabis in Britain’ (2006).

BAFTA award winner film Britz actress Manjinder Virk will read English translations of Chandan’s poems

DALJIT NAGRA’s Look We Have Coming to Dover!, which won the Felix Dennis Award for Best First Collection in 2007, has been the most acclaimed poetry debut published in recent years, as well as one of the most relevant and accessible. Nagra, whose own parents came to England from the Punjab in the 1950s, draws on both English and Indian-English traditions to tell stories of alienation, assimilation, aspiration and love, from a stowaway’s first footprint on Dover Beach to the disenchantment of subsequent generations.

Entry £2 – includes Indian buffet.
The Herbert: 02476 832 386.

RSVP
Jonathan Morley
Series Editor, Macmillan Caribbean Writers
Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
+44 (0) 2476 713 555

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  8. […] Courses in Sacred Sikh Music at Hofstra, and more Windows and Doors at Uddari Hofstra University in New York is offering two courses in sacred Sikh music in its fall semester. Taught by two highly appraised and loved musicians, Bhai Baldeep Singh and Gurnam Singh, ‘Sacred Music of the Punjab’ 1 and 2 are accompanied by free concerts at the end that are open to public. View details at Uddari Cultural Events page. […]

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  9. […] same page. Check them out: List of Punjabi Language Publishers And List of Punjabi Magazines The Cultural Events Page has information on a yearly multilingual poetry meet called ‘Kavi-Durbar‘ happening in […]

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  10. […] more information on the July 14th event at Zanzibar Film Festival, go to Uddari Cultural Events page To view more of Priya Ramrakha’s photo images, go to his website at http://www.priyaphoto.com For […]

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  11. […] Isa Vandi’s Film, Roop Dhillon’s Intro, Artists page: Uddari 07/08 Isa Vandi is a brave and creative woman who suffered traumas at the hands of the Islamicist regime in Iran. Many years back, her sister was stoned to death in Iran. Vandi now has her own studio and gallery in Sweden. Her Farsi film ‘Raqs, Zer-e-Parcha-e-Sufaid‘ (Dance, Below White Sheets) gives voice and courage to the survivors of political oppression. View it in Vancouver, July 17. More information on Cultural Events page. […]

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  12. […] More at Uddari Aitzaz Ahsan, one of the most prominent leaders of the movement for democratic rights in Pakistan, is coming to Washington DC to speak about the issues emanating from the dismissal last year of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, and others. Ahsan has led the recently held Long March (June 9 from Karachi and Quetta to Sukkur-Multan-Lahore-Rawalpindi-Islamabad June 14) to demand the reinstatement of justices. More on the event in Washington DC. […]

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  13. […] at Uddari View Cultural Events Page for information on South Asian Peoples Unity Conference organized by South Asian Peoples Forum (SAPF), and scheduled to be held in Toronto in October 2008; […]

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  14. […] A Book Launch and an Event Report Information about the launch of a new collection of poems on London titled ‘All That Mighty Heart: London Poems’ edited by Lisa Russ Spaar is online at the Cultural Events page. […]

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  15. […] exhibition in Berlin, Inaugration on Tuesday May 13, 7:30pm by Ambassador Meera Shankar. More on Cultural Events Page Published […]

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  16. […] Inside Uddari Pages ‘Zameen’ by Satinder Kaur Chauhan. Kali Theater Company, London 7-17 May, 2008 in Cultural Events Page […]

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