The inaugural South Asian Literature and Art Festival (SALA 2019) was held in October 2019, at the picturesque Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA. Read my write-up on that event.
After a hiatus due the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person festival is now returning on the weekend of October 29-30, 2022, at the same venue. It is a two-day, multidisciplinary event featuring presentations and panels by more than 40 highly acclaimed local, national, and international authors and artists covering a variety of topics.
The 2022 event "focuses on a theme of “Humanity” by examining how the world tends to put people in boxes, categorizing and generalizing communities of different color, class, gender, and caste. The forums and conversations will examine and celebrate different points of view, while also recognizing that ultimately, it is a shared humanity that triumphs."
SALA is presented by Art Forum SF and Montalvo Arts Center in partnership with the Stanford University Center for South Asian Studies, the UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies and the Center for South Asian Studies and The Humanities Division, UC Santa Cruz. An impressive cohort indeed!