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Program Schedule

West Terrace

Historic Villa

Carriage House

6th October

12:00 pm

Subcontinent's Children 

Award-winning authors of several young reader books Naheed Senzai and Mitali Perkins, Moderated by Sadaf Siddique, co-founder of  KitaabWorld.

Canvas Reflections: 

Rekha@Sixty : Transient worlds of belonging.

One of the foremost contemporary feminist artists, Rekha Rodwittya, in conversation with Dr.Prajit Dutta of Aicon Gallery NY.

6th October

1:00 pm

Book Reading

By author Mitali Perkin and Sadaf Siddique 

The Tides of their Poems

Athena Kashya and Tanuja Wakefiled, reputed poets of the Bay Area. Moderated by Ritu Marwah.

Living Museums

Robert Mintz, Deputy Director of the Asian Art Museum and Abhishek Poddar, founder and trustee of the Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore, India. Moderated by Priyanka Mathew of Sunderland Gallery. 

6th October

2:00 pm

Gupshup, Chai and Stories with Ritu Marwah: Author Open Mic

Ritu Marwah

Priya Satia

Sujit Saraf

Vamsee Juluri 

There are No Margins

Writer, performer, poet, and queer activist Minal Hajratwala &  author Siddharth Dube. Moderated by Prof Harsha Ram

From the Sacred to the Profane

Meet the men behind Netflix's original 'Sacred Games': Varun Grover, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikram Chandra, moderated by Tipu Purkayastha

6th October

3:00 pm

6th October

4:00 pm

Rapid Reading

Curated by author Minal Hajratwala/Write Like a Unicorn: Bay Area literary luminaries share three-minute bursts of poems and stories inspired by magic.


Featuring: Devi Laskar,

 Anita Felicelli, Ravi Chandra, Sunita Dhurandhar, Tara Dorabji, Alka Roy, Jaya Padmanabhan, Tanuja Wakefield, Mathangi Subramanian, Shikha Malaviya.

Midnight's Children and Beyond

Highly acclaimed authors of the South Asian diaspora - Shanthi Sekaran & Nayomi Munaweera. Moderated by Moazzam Sheikh

India's Hidden Stories: from WW2 to Whatsapp

Raghu Karnad Indian journalist and writer and recipient of Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction, in conversation with Jonathan Curiel an award-winning writer and journalist in San Francisco

Confluences: Cinema Poetry and Art. An elaborate Encounter with Deepti Naval

Moderated by Prof. Harsha Ram of the University of California Berkeley

Special Events

October 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Entry Free

Salon Session

Shelly Jyoti art image.jpg

Revisiting Gandhi: The Art of Shelly Jyoti 2009-2019

Swaraj I Khadi I Salt I Indigo: Symbols of nation & identity in Textile Art and Installations

The Romance of Champaner  (UNESCO heritage site) Straight from the digs: The photography of Rahul Gajjar

Conversation with Rahul Gajjar and Sandhya Gajjar moderated by Kalpana Desai SACHI

Venue: Montalvo Arts Center

Entry Free

Image: Shelly Jyoti, Bound by duty: An idea of Swaraj and collectiveness 2018-19

 ' Soul Force' 36x55 Inches, Ajrakh printing and dyeing on khadi fabric, 2018

October 13, 2019 at 2 pm

Festival Closing Film



Directed by Sangita Iyer

Produced by Mettle

India/Canada I 32 mins I English


Directed by Sumantra Ghosal

Produced by Mijwan Welfare Society

India I 90 mins I Hindi, Urdu with English subtitles

Guest of Honor: Well-known Indian model and actress Ashvini Bhave in attendance for a Q&A

Venue: Serra Theatre, 200 Serra Way, #37, Milpitas, CA 95035

Ticket Price: $15

Kaifinama film poster

October 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

A Cut above  ‘From words to the screen..’


Special Event: Anurag Kashyap is an Indian Film director, writer, producer, editor and actor known for his work in Hindi Cinema. He has won several accolades including a National Film Award and 4 Filmare Awards. For his contribution to the films, the Government of France awarded him with Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2013).

Venue: Carriage House, Montalvo Arts Center

Ticket Price: $25 and $40.

Anurag Kashyap


Local dance schools bring the grounds alive with beautiful dances from the Sub Continent


Meet writers and artists from South Asia. Discover the power of dialogue and discussion


Discover products and flavours of South Asia through a variety of products and food trucks

Family Fun

Hands on craft, Rangoli, face-painting. Participate in the biggest mural of thought.

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