The Dhahan Prize is made possible through the generous support of friends, community organizations, corporate partners, and others who are committed to promoting and supporting Punjabi literature around the world. In addition to contributing to the annual prize, donations to the Dhahan Prize help support youth initiatives such as the Punjabi Short Story Contest for British Columbia high school students studying Punjabi, as well as the important work of translating the winning books into English so that they can be shared on a global scale. Through these activities the Dhahan Prize seeks to increase readership and inspire new Punjabi literary creations all around the world.

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The Dhahan Prize is presented by Canada India Education Society.

The Dhahan Prize celebrates the rich culture and transnational heritage of Punjabi literature. The prize aims to promote the growth of Punjabi language globally, as well as encourage new, emerging and established writers working in the two Punjabi scripts, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi.

Modern Punjabi literature is transnational in scope and, at the same time, embedded in the rich cultural and literary traditions of Punjab. Punjabi literature expresses the unique cultural ethos of this global community, describing the social, cultural, and political lives of Punjabis in South Asia and around the world.

The Dhahan Prize seeks sponsors to enable us to offer the best events and activities. Each year, we seek partners to sponsor the prize gala and reading. The Dhahan Prize is committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with sponsors in order to best promote the Prize and the sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the Dhahan Prize activities, please contact us for a sponsorship package.

For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Treger, Prize Manager

2017 Sponsors and Partners

Dhahan Prize Corporate Sponsors:

Royal Bank of Canada
RBC, Dominion Securities - Harj & Darshan Grewal
Remax - Adrian Keenan
Tim Hortons
Avison Young
Imperial Oil (Esso)
Delta Hotel, Vancouver
Canada-India Education Society

Dhahan Prize Academic Partners:

Simon Fraser University
South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
University of British Columbia
Carleton University

Dhahan Youth Award Corporate Presenting Sponsor:

Coast Capital Savings

Dhahan Youth Award Academic Partner:

L. A. Matheson Secondary School, Surrey

Dhahan Prize & Youth Award Media Partners:

Omni TV
Darpan Magazine
Spice Radio
Channel Punjabi