This Year’s Program

Our 2019 event will take place on 14 March 2018, with guest Mushtaq Soofi, a Lahore-based poet, critic, and public intellectual, who is a staunch advocate for the Punjabi language in Pakistan.

“Teach the language of Damodar, Joshua, Nanak and Farid”*


The 11th Annual Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program: 

Celebrating Punjabi Language and Culture at UBC

14 March 2019

With special guest, Mushtaq Soofi

and a special performance by UBC Bhangra Club

with awards to winners of a student Punjabi-language essay contest; a lifetime achievement award for a BC-based Punjabi language writer; and performances by UBC Punjabi language students.

Liu Institute Multi-purpose Room and Lobby

6476 NW Marine Drive

5-6 p.m. Reception and Performances

6-6:20: Awards

6:20-7:00 Mushtaq Soofi speaks on the Punjabi Language in Pakistan.

7:00-8:00 Performances

Organized by the Department of Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Centre for India and South Asia Research and the Office of the Dean of Arts.

* These four poets represent Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity and Islam, and all wrote in Punjabi.

This program is made possible by the generosity of the family of Harjit Kaur Sidhu, dedicated wife, mother, and educator.