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California, Sept 29 (Canadian-Media): For the first time, film segment is being included in one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art Festival (SALA) brought in the US by Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies, media reports said.
“We are delighted to announce the grand finale at SALA 2019 is Sumantra Ghosal's Kaifinama, produced by Mijwan Welfare Society that looks at the life and art of the Urdu progressive poet Kaifi Azmi. Kaifi Azmi was both a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry,” said Ambika Sahay, Executive Director – Art Forum SF with excitement.
Kaifinama a 90-minute documentary from India is in Hindi/Urdu language with English subtitles, won the Best Documentary Audience Choice/Poll Award at the DC South Asian Film Festival on September 22, 2019.
“2019 happens to be the birth centenary of my father Kaifi Azmi and we’ve done many things to celebrate him, and out of all that, the most important is Kaifinama because it really encapsulates his spirit through his work, through his poetry. In the current age, it is important to revisit people who were involved with progressive writers’ movement, people who believed that art should be used as an instrument to bring social change,” said Shabana Azmi in conversation with Art Forum SF.
The mandate of Art Forum SF includes encouraging emerging artists at SALA and hence, one is a short documentary titled GuruCOOL, produced by Mettle Films and directed by an Indo-Canadian Director Sangita Iyer that looks at the Indian educators in the 21st century education system. (India/Canada, 32 minutes, English).
These films are programmed by Tushar Unadkat and are jointly presented by Art Forum SF and BASAFF (Bay Area South Asian Film Festival) at Serra Theatre 200 Serra Way #37, Milpitas CA 95035 on Oct 13 | 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 and available www.artforumsf.org. Limited seating.
“One of the festival purposes is to elevate the perspective of the second and third generation of South Asians about our Literature & Arts Industry. We often hear about Bollywood events, religious celebrations, and other cultural activities which is important, however, we also need to highlight our prestigious literary talent (cinematic medium) who significantly contribute to the international art space,” said Tushar Unadkat, Film programmer at SALA 2019, who is also the Media and Public Relations Director Art Forum SF
Select Highlights of the festival include:
The Victorious trio of Netflix Original series SACRED GAMES - Author Vikram Chandra, Scriptwriter Varun Grover, and Director Vikramaditya Motwane, will be on one panel at the SALA Festival. Netflix India's Sacred Games is nominated for International Emmy Award 2019 in the Drama Category. The crime thriller is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. Witness an elaborate and enriching encounter with legendary actor, painter, and poet, Deepti Naval, in conversation with Prof Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley.
There is a special event on October 18th from 7:30 pm with critically acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap. Tickets are limited and for $25 only for this special event.
SALA Festival will be held at the Montalvo Arts Centre, Saratoga from October 6 – 13, 2019 from Noon till 5 pm. For all current updates, artist bios, tickets and other literary and art exhibits, please visit: www.artforumsf.org
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California, Sept 24 (Canadian-Media): Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies, for the first time, would showcase one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art ( SALA) Festival in the US at the Montalvo Arts Centre, Saratoga from the Oct 6 – 13, 2019 from noon till 5 pm, media reports said.
“Absolutely thrilled to be attending SALA this year. Am hoping to share my insights and process of writing SACRED GAMES and interacting with the fabulous and knowledgeable delegates of SALA”, says Varun Grover, Scriptwriter for Sacred Games with much enthusiasm.
The crime thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane has been nominated, for the first time, Netflix India's Sacred Games for International Emmy Award 2019 in the Drama Category.
Also on one panel at the SALA Festival, would be for the first time, the Victorious trio of Netflix Original series Vikram Chandra's SACRED GAMES, Scriptwriter Varun Grover, and Director Vikramaditya Motwane.
Besides, the victorious trio, to name a few writers and poets lined up for SALA Festival includes Shanthi Sekaran, Minal Hazratwala, Athena Kashyap, Tanu Wakefield, Siddharth Dube, Raghu Karnad, Nayomi Munaweera, Mitali Perkin, Naheed Hasant Senzai and Moazzam Sheikh, contemporary artist, Rekha Rodwittiya, art collector Dipti Mathur and Priyanka Mathew would provide their insights on their field of expertise.
There would be an elaborate and enriching encounter with legendary actor, painter, and poet, Deepti Naval, in conversation with Prof Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley.
“Art Forum SF is a platform to have a dialogue for poets, artists, and writers that are part of the emergent world of the subcontinent. They are young vibrant and poised to tell their stories that affect all globally but need to be heard. A young poet, an established writer, a nonfiction writer, a screenwriter, an iconic artist, all gather to talk about what inspires them. We are proud to be presenting the ensemble that is getting together under SALA Festival 2019” said Mayuranki Almaula, one of the Founder member, BOD and Literary Segment Curator.
In their efforts to break the conventional and to explore further, the participants exemplify the assimilation and absorption of various local and global contributors by taking a positive steps to move from the conventional understanding of the diaspora culture, usually expressed through stereotypical tropes like – nostalgia, roots, homeland / soil, memory, etcetera.
The talks will be moderated by academicians from UC Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies and experts from the respective fields and will provide the audience an opportunity to interact with the speakers.
"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 provides you an opportunity to experience it and raises the profile of such work” said Ambika Sahay with passion, Founder and Executive Director Art Forum SF.
The SALA Festival closes on October 13th with showcasing two documentary films, one is a short by an Indo-Canadian Director Sangita Iyer on Indian education system title GuruCOOL, and the other would be the grand finale of Sumantra Ghosal's Kaifinama, produced by Mijwan Welfare Society, which looks at the life and art of the Urdu Progressive poet Kaifi Azmi.
Kaifi Azmi was both a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry. These films are programmed by Tushar Unadkat and are jointly presented by Art Forum SF and BASAFF (Bay Area South Asian Film Festival) at Serra Theatre 200 Serra Way #37, Milpitas CA 95035.
“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, BOD - Art Forum SF, Arts Curator - SALA 2019.
Apart from offering a unique experience not just for established professionals, the emerging professionals and the young minds are also benefited by the festival.
Therefore, along with the presentations and discussions there shall be - 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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Washington, Sept 22 (Canadian-Media): International Day of Peace (IDOP) is observed around the world every year on 21 September, UN reports said.
The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Children in Zataari Camp in Jordan: Photo credit UN/Sahem Rababah
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
Sustainable Development Goal 13 “Climate Action” is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.
Affordable, scalable solutions such as renewable energy, clean technologies are available to enable countries to leapfrog to greener, more resilient economies.
2019 Theme: "Climate Action for Peace"
The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent.
Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change. Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand in May, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050: tax pollution, not people; stop subsidizing fossil fuels; stop building new coal plants by 2020; focus on a green economy, not a grey economy.
On 23 September, the United Nations is convening a Climate Action Summit with concrete and realistic plans to accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement. The Summit will focus on the heart of the problem – the sectors that create the most emissions and the areas where building resilience could make the biggest difference – as well as provide leaders and partners the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition.
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the United Nations calls upon all to take action to tackle climate change. Every human is part of the solution - from turning off the lights to taking public transport, to organizing an awareness raising campaign in your community. Share your ideas and activities with us through #PeaceDay and #ClimateAction.
“It is possible to achieve our goals, but we need decisions, political will and transformational policies to allow us to still live in peace with our own climate.” -- Secretary-General António Guterres, 15 May 2019What can youth do to get involved?Young people are stepping up to the challenge - close to half a million youth around the world have taken action on climate change in their homes, schools and communities. According to UNFCCC, they are key actors in raising awareness, running educational programs, promoting sustainable lifestyles, conserving nature, supporting renewable energy, adopting environmentally-friendly practices and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects.
This year, the International Day of Peace Student Observance, to take place on 20 September 2019 at United Nations Headquarters, will provide a platform for young people to showcase the projects that they have undertaken to fight climate change and promote peace. The student observance will be held immediately following the Peace Bell Ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. with the Secretary-General and will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.
Why do we mark International Days? International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.