Punjabi Theatre: Exploration and Celebration
The 2017 Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program, UBC
Celebrating Punjabi Language and Culture
Held 6 p.m. Saturday 13 May 2017
at North Delta Secondary School, 11447 82nd Ave, Delta
Kahani da Rangmanch: A Theatre of Stories
With Samuel John and Rangmanch Punjabi Theatre
In 2017 the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial program welcomed Samuel John, award-winning actor and theatre activist, back to UBC to perform for the public. Hundreds of Punjabi language enthusiasts gathered in North Delta to watch Mr. John’s performance, in collaboration with Rangmanch Punjabi Theatre, of two works in Punjabi: “Dulatti” (The Hidden Power) and “Ghasea Hoea Aadmi” (Worn Out Man). In keeping with the Sidhu Program tradition, we honoured a local Punjabi writer at the event, as well as student winners of a Punjabi language essay contest. This year’s winner of the lifetime achievement award for a BC-based Punjabi writer was Nadeem Parmar, a local writer and community historian.
Mr. John was also a key part of a theatrical workshop held prior to the Sidhu program at UBC entitled “Luna’s Voice: Restaging a traditional Punjabi narrative in the Lower Mainland,” which was funded by an Arts-based Workshop grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. The workshop made it possible to bring together Mr. John, Sohil Bhatia (a performance artist based in New Delhi), and BC-based Punjabi language and/or Punjabi culture based theatre artists to explore ways of reimagining a traditional Punjabi narrative in British Columbia, building on prior reimaginations of the narrative in Punjabi literature.
For pictures of the event, follow this link.
The 2018 Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program will take place in early March 2018 in association with the University of British Columbia’s hosting of SACPAN, the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest. Return here in early 2018 for more.