South Asian Literature Celebrations in Toronto 30 September -02 October 2011
South Asian Literature (SAL) the term was coined in late seventies when immigrants from South Asian origin were settling in Canada and North America and bringing with them a rich tradition of their literature, art and culture. Writers who were writing in Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and many other South Asian languages came together to present their writings in English to the main stream audience as well as to share their writings with Canadian English writers.
1974 – 1980 First Attempt
Contemporary Literature In Translation
Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry – An Anthology in English Translation
Second Attempt – 1980 – 1983
Survey -Canadian South Asian Literature in different languages across Canada conducted by Dr. Swanda Sugunasiri of Toronto
Canadian Punjabi Literature Research and Survey conducted by Surjeet Kalsey of Vancouver
Toronto South Asian Literature Conference 1983 – First Survey/Research presentation.
The Toronto South Asian Review – Magazine of literature
2009 – 25th Anniversary of Canadian South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto
2011 – Festival of South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto.