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Join us in celebrating excellence in Punjabi literature. Doors open at 6:00, ceremony begins at 7:00 followed by a catered reception and cash bar.

In 2014, the Dhahan Prize took flight, and in 2018 we return to recognize the achievements of Punjabi writers at our 5th annual event. For work in the Punjabi scripts of Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi, this prize recognizes one outstanding writer with a $25,000 award, as well as two finalists with awards of $10,000. Forging meaningful relationships with writers, community organizations and educational institutions in Pakistan, India and the diaspora, the Dhahan Prize is the world's signature prize for Punjabi literary works.

This year's winning book, Sooraj Dee Akh (Sun's Eye), is a work of historical fiction by Baldev Singh Sadaknama from Moga, Punjab, India. The novel explores the life and times of the legendary hero of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. This brilliantly written saga of the meteoric rise of Ranjit Singh and his Kingdom is based on four years of research by the author. The portrayal of key events and relationships of Ranjit Singh shine light on the depth and complexity of this larger than life leader under whose rule Punjab experienced a period of relative peace and prosperity. Ranjit Singh’s political intelligence, military strategies, diplomatic skills, and an inclusive approach to leadership and governance are unparalleled in the history of the region. The author does not eschew any words in depicting Ranjit Singh’s luxurious life-style and his love for many women. Tragically the illustrious empire collapsed shortly after his death in 1839 largely due to the infighting, conspiracies and sabotage of his successors and the colonizing powers.

Co-finalist, Jhootha Sacha Koi Na (Anything Goes), is a short story collection by Nasir Baloch who hails from Khushab, Punjab, Pakistan. Dr. Nasir Abbas Baloch is a master story writer as he cleverly exposes the contemporary socio-political system marked by corruption, decadence, stagnation and utter confusion. His only commitment in the stories is to the truth, no matter whom it hurts. The stories in Jhootha Sacha Koi Na (Everything Goes) were crafted by the author after a very long gap of twenty years and they are a welcome addition to the rich short stories coming out of the cultural and literary heartland of Punjab.

Our other finalist, Prism, by Harpreet Sekha of Surrey, British Columbia, is a collection of short stories set in British Columbia. Harpreet Sekha is a Canadian Punjabi author of both fiction and non-fiction works, who migrated to Canada with his parents in 1988. His written work explores themes and experiences that resonate with South Asian Canadians, such as inequality, social justice, and the migrant experience. Sekha's fresh approach, the uniqueness of characters and their artistic portrayal has established him as a rising literary star of Punjabi fiction in Canada.

In addition, we are very proud, with Coast Capital Savings, to be awarding our second Youth Awards for creative short stories written by B.C. grade 11 & 12 students. Stories written by talented young people in Punjabi and translated into English; building bridges between communities and cultures.

Please join us for an evening of celebration in a wonderful venue, and enjoy the post-ceremony reception with the authors and other guests.

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

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