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Toronto, Sep 12 (Canadian-Media): Curated by Montalvo Arts Canter and Art Forum, the South Asian Literature and Arts Festival (SALA) would be held at the Montalvo Arts Centre, Saratoga from the Oct 6 – 13, 2019, media reports said.
A non-profit organization, Montalvo Arts Centre and Art Forum SF is responsible for objectively promoting different kinds of creative expressions from the South Asian countries for nearly a decade.
The SALA Festival aims to bring together the artists, their creations, their talks in their respective fields, reflecting their affiliations with the South Asian region followed by presentations and interactive sessions allowing the audience to have an immersive experience.
"The South Asian Literature and Art Festival is a wonderful platform to showcase the rich and diverse ‘contemporary’ work coming from the South Asian diaspora. There is a plethora of award-winning work in both literature and art, which usually goes unnoticed but a festival
like this raises the profile of such work. We would really encourage you to come and experience this array of contemporary work at Montalvo Arts Centre,” Ambika Sahay, Director Art ForumSF stated during a discussion.
The crucial process of selecting these practitioners was based on portraying and justifiably presenting the contemporary practices and the constantly evolving culture.
A few of the writers and poets that would present during this festival would be: Vikram Chandra, Vikramaditya Motwane, Varun Grover, Shanthi Sekaran, Minal Hazratwala, Athena Kashyap, Tanu Wakefield, Siddharth Dube, Raghu Karnad, Nayomi Munaweera, Mitali Perkin, Naheed Hasant Senzai and Moazzam Sheikh, director Anurag Kashyap, actor and artist,
Also present would be the artist Rekha Rodwittiya, from the field of contemporary art and Dipti Mathur and Priyanka Mathew, from the contemporary players in the art market infrastructure to provide their insights on their field of expertise.
The panel discussions on their individual works would provide an understanding of the varied relations migrant communities share through their own practices and individual histories.
It is also to be noted that this event is not a one-time portrayal of the art with their artistic works and talents but is a continuous process of transforming the cultural practices and expressions from the South Asian region.
The participants move away from the conventional understanding of the diaspora culture, usually expressed through stereotypical traits like nostalgia, roots, homeland/soil, memory etc; and explore further to exemplify the assimilation and absorption of various local and global
sources in their works.
Various talks would be moderated by experts from the respective fields to provide the audience with an opportunity to interact with the speakers.
“The soft powers of the world, Art, Literature, Music and Dance allows people to express themselves and how they view the world. SALA embodies these powers,” said Kiran Malhotra with conviction, founding BOD - Art Forum SF, Arts Curator - SALA 2019.
Besides established professionals, the emerging professionals and young minds.would also be enriched by the unique experience of this festival by the children’s hands-on craft activities, writing programs, South Asian food stalls, and art-related exhibitors, dance performances, all to suit individuals of varying tastes, interests and ages.
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