Arts and Entertainment

250 Years of Heer Celebrated with Food, Drink, and Music

Last year marked the 250th anniversary since the creation of Waris Shah’s epic “Heer”. A timeless story of tragic love, and a metaphor for humanity’s quest for union with the Divine. On October 7th, 2017, Mo Dhaliwal celebrated this momentous occasion with an intimate evening of food, wine, and music at Surrey City Hall.

Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar performing on stage.
Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar performing on stage

The event featured performances by Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar who flew in from India for the evening. The eclectic program featured a mixed-media arts exhibition by the “dontdoze art collective“, who took the Heer Ranjha story and reinterpreted themes of love and relationships—and even provided a display of “poison” laddoos that were quickly devoured by an enthusiastic audience.

The evening began with an academic discussion between Dr. Anne Murphy and Madan Gopal Singh, who explored the cultural and spiritual significance of Heer on Punjabi expression. The night continued and closed with a riveting concert performance by Chaar Yaar.


250 Years of Heer Event Photos

Dialogue with Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC
Dialogue with Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC
250 Years of Heer Reception at Surrey City Hall
250 Years of Heer Reception at Surrey City Hall
Wine and beverage bar at 250 Years of Heer
Wine and beverage bar at 250 Years of Heer
Tasty Indian Bistro's food presentation
Tasty Indian Bistro’s presentation of food
Tasty Indian Bistro owner, Harman Basutta and his team
Tasty Indian Bistro owner, Harman Basutta and his team
My daughter, Samah and I with Rayna and Harman of Tasty Indian Bistro
My daughter, Samah and I with Rayna and Harman of Tasty Indian Bistro
Sirish Rao and Ayme Sharma with event organizer, Mo Dhaliwal
Sirish Rao and Ayme Sharma with event host, Mo Dhaliwal
Artwork on display at 250 Years of Heer
Artwork on display at 250 Years of Heer
Gallery
Mixed-media arts exhibition by dontdoze art collective
Kamal Sharma and friend with Surrey-Whalley MLA, Bruce Ralston
Kamal Sharma and friend with Surrey-Whalley MLA, Bruce Ralston
Death By Ladoo: A Dontdoze Pop-Up Gallery
Death By Ladoo from dontdoze pop-up gallery

Photos by Daman Beatty

Daman Beatty
The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.
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