The 2019 Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program

Celebrating Punjabi Language and Culture at UBC

Now in its 11th year

“Teach the language of Damodar, Joshua, Nanak and Farid” These four poets are Hindu, Christian, Sikh, and Muslim, and all wrote in Punjabi.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
5:00pm Reception and Performances
6:00pm Awards
6:20pm Mushtaq Soofi speaks on the Punjabi Language in Pakistan
7:00pm Performances
Location TBA

Free & open to the public. Online registration required.

With special guest, Mushtaq Soofi, poet, critic and public intellectual from Lahore, Pakistan, speaking on “Punjabi in the Pakistani Punjab” 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.

Mushtaq Soofi


Made possible by the generous support of the Sidhu family, in loving memory of Harjit Kaur Sidhu (nee Gill), devoted wife, mother, and strong advocate for education, Punjabi culture and language, and women’s issues.

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.

About the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program: 

The Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program celebrates the rich life of Punjabi language and culture and its importance in BC, in memory of a woman who shared such passions. Our goal is to call attention to important new scholarship on Punjabi language and culture and bring it to our students and the broader Vancouver area audience; encourage and recognize achievements in Punjabi language cultural production; and honor students for their work in learning and using the Punjabi language.

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