250 Years of Heer
In Association with Indian Summer Festival
Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah wrote Heer, an epic masterpiece of a poem.
In the two and half centuries that have passed, Heer has become a symbol of love, of an alternative vision of spirituality, and a challenge to entrenched social hierarchy. It also paints a lovingly detailed and vast landscape of Punjab, and has become an icon of Punjab’s rich shared and common heritage. Join us for an evening that celebrates, explores and re-kindles the spirit of Heer.
The evening begins with a conversation on Heer’s significance between noted Indian scholar, singer, actor and polyglot Madan Gopal Singh, and Dr. Anne Murphy, Co-Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research at UBC. Following this is a reception with a customized menu from Tasty Indian Bistro and wines from two noted Indo-Canadian vineyards in the Okanagan. Watch for live art from local talent Don’t Doze and spoken word poetry. The evening closes with a rare performance by renowned Indian musical group Chaar Yaar, who bring Waris Shah’s legacy to life in song.
Your ticket includes all of the above. Join us for a festive, inspiring evening. This event is brought to you by five partner organizations in the lower mainland:
· Dhahan Prize
· Hari Sharma Foundation
· Indian Summer Festival
· Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration
Based in New Delhi, India, Chaar Yaar comprises four musicians – composer, singer and poet Madan Gopal Singh, guitarist and banjo player Deepak Castelino, sarod player Pritam Ghosal and tabla player Amjad Khan. Their music explores cultural bridges across continents, working with Sufi texts of the 12th and 13th century (Baba Farid, Rumi) as well as the poetry and music of Brecht, Lorca, Tagore, Hikmet, Faiz and Nagarjun. Their nimbleness is evident in their effortlessly weaving together of Kabir with John Lennon, Bulle Shah with Simon and Garfunkel in the same song. They are sought-after performers the world over at major Sufi festivals as well as in collaborations with jazz musicians and choirs across Europe and North America.
Saturday, October 7, 2018
6:00pm — Dialogue with Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC
7:00pm — Reception
8:00pm — Performance
Surrey City Hall — 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8
> Ticket: $35