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From The Dhahan Prize Literary Tour – Heer Waris Shah

From The Dhahan Prize Literary Tour – Heer Waris Shah

Waris Shah immortalized the message of Sufi mysticism through his writing. Heer is an embodiment of universal love that resides in every soul. Heer is not just a narrative of romance, it portrays the unequalled female protagonist of the land of the five rivers, Punjab. Waris Shah could not ignore the troubled times and hypocrisy of the age and through his writing he exposed the corrupt, decadent, regressive religious and secular institutions serving the interests of the status quo. He confronted the eighteenth century social and intellectual discourse by recreating Heer and his poetry remains unparalleled in the history of Punjabi Literature.

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Canadian Consulate General to host literary tour for the Dhahan Prize

Canadian Consulate General to host literary tour for the Dhahan Prize

WE are extremely pleased to let you know that the Canadian Consulate General (Chandigarh, India) is hosting a three city literary tour from March 6 to 8 for the Dhahan Prize accompanied by two Canadian Punjabi authors. A similar literary program will be held in Lahore, Pakistan hosted by the well-known Mr. Zubair Ahmad and Mr. Iqbal Kaiser, leaders of the Pakistan Punjabi arts and literary community on February 28th and March 1st.

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ڈھاہاں انعام 2018 لئی نامزدگیا ہنُ پروان کیتیاں جا رہیاں ہن

ڈھاہاں انعام 2018 لئی نامزدگیا ہنُ پروان کیتیاں جا رہیاں ہن

ڈھاہاں اِنعام پنجابی وچ رچے گئے اتُم ساہت دی پچھان کرن اتے مُلکی حداں توں پرانہہ پنجابی ساہت ۔ سِرجنا نوں ا اُُ ا اُتشاه دین دے منورتھ نال شروع کیتا سیِ ۔ قومانتری پدھر اتُے ایہہ انعام گُرمکھی جاں شاه مکھی ، کِ سے وی لِپی وچ چھپیاں پنجابی فکشن ۔ ناول تے کہانیاں ۔ دیاں تنِ کِتاباں نوں دِتا جاندا اے ۔

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Dhahan Prize Annouces 2017 Winners for Best Punjabi Fiction

Dhahan Prize Annouces 2017 Winners for Best Punjabi Fiction

Vancouver, BC (September 28, 2017) – The Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature proudly announces the 2017 winners awarded for excellence in the Punjabi literary community. The Dhahan Prize promotes Punjabi literature on a global scale by awarding $25,000 annually to the best book of fiction published in either Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts, along with two additional finalist prizes of $5,000 CDN. In addition, Coast Capital Savings is the presenting sponsor for the first-ever Dhahan Youth Awards. The Dhahan Prize and in partnership with BC secondary schools, announces that the 2017 winners for the inaugural Youth Awards have been chosen. The contest was open to all British Columbia grade 11 & 12 high school students for short stories written in Punjabi and translated into English. The winners will be announced at the November 4th 2017 Prize Award Ceremony.

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Tale of a thirsty land, review in International The News on Sunday by Mahmood Awan, Dec 18, 2016 - Shahmukhi

Zahid Hasan is a prolific writer. He has written in Urdu and Punjabi, both prose, and poetry. Tassi Dharti is his fourth Punjabi novel and is arguably his best novel so far. It was recently awarded the best Pakistani Punjabi Novel of the year by the Vancouver-based Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize jury 2016. It is a story of three generations of bar natives and Zahid being a son of that soil narrates it with full colloquial details and historical insights. The novel starts in the first half of 19th century’s pre-colonial Punjab and stretches to the time of partition and a few years after. As Saeed Bhutta so rightly quotes Gabriel Garcia Marquez in the foreword to Tassi Dharti, these are the stories of deceit and deception faced by our ancestors over centuries enforced by foreign invaders and local power mongers - Shahmukhi

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BC To Celebrate Punjabi Literature Week , Dhahan Prize Awards $25,000 Grand Prize At UBC, Babushahi.com article, by Baljit Balli, published Oct 31, 2016

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed October 30th to November 5, 2016 as “Punjabi Literature Week”. MLA Scott Hamilton announced this decision of BC government at the Dhahan Literary Awards ceremony held here today. This was the first time when the provincial government announced this kind of gesture to promote Punjabi language.He handed over the proclamation to Barj Dhahan. A New Youth Punjabi Literature Prize announced on this occasion to be commenced from the next year along with Dhahan Awards.

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Dhahan Prize 2016 winners for the best Punjabi fiction: Jarnail Singh, Zahid Hassan, Simran Dhaliwal (Indo-Canadian Voice, by Rattan Mall, Sept 21, 2016)

Dhahan Prize 2016 winners for the best Punjabi fiction: Jarnail Singh, Zahid Hassan, Simran Dhaliwal (Indo-Canadian Voice, by Rattan Mall, Sept 21, 2016)

JARNAIL Singh’s Kaale Varke (Black Pages), a short story collection, has bagged the Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature’s first prize worth $25,000. The second prizes of $5,000 each go to Zahid Hassan for his novel Tassi Dharti (Thirsty Land) and Simran Dhaliwal for his short story collection titled Us Pal (That Moment).

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Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature celebrated at Vancouver Writers Fest (Georgia Straight, by Charlie Smith, Oct 25, 2015) - Shahmukhi

Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature celebrated at Vancouver Writers Fest (Georgia Straight, by Charlie Smith, Oct 25, 2015) - Shahmukhi

B.C. has a rich tradition of Punjabi writing dating back more than a century to journalist Guran Ditta Kumar's anticolonial newspaper, Swadesh Sewak. Perhaps the best-known Punjabi-language writer in B.C. is Sadhu Binning, but there are many others, including Georgia Straight contributor and Radical Desi magazine cofounder Gurpreet Singh. - Shahmukhi

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