South Asian Canadian Histories Association Presents: A Vancouver Guldasta

Please join the South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA) for a site-specific theatre production taking place from November 4-18 in South Vancouver titled A Vancouver Guldasta, written and directed by SACHA Director of Performance, Paneet Singh. The performance is a part of the interdisciplinary arts program “Canada at 150+: Trauma, Memory and the Story of Canada,” which also features a public art exhibition in Punjabi Market, at the UBC Asian Centre and campus-wide digital signage, and SFU Woodward’s, on display until December 3, 2017.

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A Vancouver Guldasta, featuring Arshdeep Purba, Gunjan Kundhal, Parm Soor, and Lou Ticzon, revolves around the Dhaliwals—a Punjabi family in Vancouver in the early 1980s—as they navigate the experience of trauma and violence occurring in Punjab, and their daughter’s complicated friendship with Andy, a Vietnamese refugee teen who lives in their basement. A Vancouver Guldasta is an examination of common experience, identifying home, and processing trauma.

The space for the show is a Vancouver Special home, meaning seating for each performance is very limited, so please get your tickets today! Tickets are on sale now at and more information can be found at

This Canada 150+ project has been made possible with a major grant from the Canada 150 Fund from Heritage Canada. It has also been made possible by support from, at the University of British Columbia, the Department of Asian Studies and the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program; the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; the Centre for India and South Asia Research at the Institute for Asian Research/School for Public Policy and Global Affairs; and UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and the Asian Library; Simon Fraser University Woodward’s; and the City of Vancouver. An official announcement and celebration of the Canada 150 grant and commencement of the project took place on 2 March 2017 at the UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, West Point Grey Campus, in association with the exhibition “Mending Cracks: Limitations,” featuring work related to the experience of physical trauma and healing, by Raghavendra Rao K.V., one of the founders of SACHA and curator of the exhibition. The performance by Umesh M.S. as a part of the Exhibition Opening on 30 September utilized Entry Denied by Sugith Varughese from CBC Radio 1 Sunday Showcase, © Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2005.