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California to showcase South Asian Literature and Art Festival 2019

California to showcase South Asian Literature and Art Festival 2019

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Sep 2019, 09:25 am

California: For the first time, one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art Festival (SALA) in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies is scheduled to be held at Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum at 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, California (US) from October 6 to 13, 2019, media reports said.

Apart from celebrating contemporary reflections of literature and arts from the sub-continent in the US, SALA's mission is to transform the sylvan Montalvo grounds into a Megalopolis.

Entering through the South Asian Wonderland with stories rooted in the banks of the 4000-year-old Indus River would be followed by their narration in the twenty-first century.

The visitors would be able to witness the power of dialogue and discussion, the artist’s refuge, the artist’s atelier, the writer’s studio, emerging art portraying with defiance, contemplation, and dignity in modern times the art of the subcontinent.

A special event would be held at Montalvo Art Center on Oct 18th at 8th at 5 pm.

With a portrayal of a fair-like atmosphere with bookstores, book-reading, children’s hands-on craft activities, writing programs, food stalls, and art-related exhibitors, the Montalvo grounds will offer something for everyone and people of all ages including folk artists, Bollywood Pop up dancers, Bhangra rhythms, Semi-Classical short pieces of dance interludes interspersed with the subcontinent’s flavorful food stops.

Highly acclaimed contemporary Indian Art collection along with a panel discussions that include Art, Literature, Poetry, and Cinema would be featured in this festival. Also included in it would be local, national and international authors and artists to speak in keynotes, on-panels, and on-stage presentations.

The Art Walk at Montalvo will feature established artists from its diaspora:

Rekha Roddwittiya, a contemporary and eminent artist whose name is synonymous with a very restrained, yet resounding gaze at feminism Priyanka Mathew from Sunderlande New York presents the exhibition Revelations: The Evolution of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, featuring iconic works by Jamini Roy, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Krishen
Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon, Shobha Broota, G. R. Iranna, and more.

The exhibition opens from Oct 6th to 13th. Dipti Mathur renown art collector and a philanthropist from South Bay in conversation with Prof Sugata Ray from UC Berkeley
Elaborate encounter Deepti Naval, a legendary actor, painter, and a poet, in conversation with Prof Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley Revisiting Gandhi artist Shelly Jyoti unfurls her yards of handspun cloth

Writers Row at Montalvo will feature established writers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the USA:

Vikram Chandra, Nayomi Munaweera, Minal Hajratwala, and Shanthi
Sekaran – established authors from the diaspora
Vikramaditya Motwane – Director, Netflix original Sacred Games
Varun Grover – Scriptwriter, Netflix original Sacred Games
Vikram Chandra – Author, Netflix original Sacred Games
Raghu Karnad – Journalist and the Yale Wyndham Campbell award
the recipient for Farthest Field in Montalvo

Anurag Kashyap – a special event featuring highly acclaimed and award-winning director and scriptwriter is scheduled on October 18th at 8 pm.

The emerging genre of “Children’s & Young Adult Writers” curated by KitaabWorld featuring the South Asian young adult writers, graphic novel writers and children’s Writers is another festival high light.