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South Asia Festival

Celebrating South Asia

October 18, 2007

Music, movies, business and books—there’s something for everyone at the first annual South Asia Festival beginning Friday Oct. 26 at the Surrey campus. The lively week-long festival, sponsored by SFU, the City of Surrey, the Surrey Board of Trade and Red FM, opens with South Asian dance and music. It includes a day-long business conference, free screenings of six popular Bollywood hits, and readings by acclaimed Indo-Canadian authors.

“SFU recognizes the significant contribution that Indo-Canadian and other South Asian populations make to our region,” says SFU president Michael Stevenson. “Strengthening our ties to these groups and to the countries of South Asia is important to the university, and the goal of our recently announced India Initiative and India Advisory Council.” The conference, From Dragon to Tiger: Capturing Business Opportunities in India, is Oct. 30 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. It focuses on issues such as manufacturing, information technology and logistics.

John Harriss, director of SFU’s School of International Studies, will lead a discussion on culture and how businesses might better serve Indian markets.
Bollywood hits such as Bride and Prejudice and Guru, will screen at all three campuses.

Authors Ameen Merchant (The Silent Raga) and Ranj Dhaliwal (Daaku) will read, along with acclaimed Urdu poets Zahid Laeeq and Muhammad Afzal. More: www.southasiafestival.ca