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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