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DP016- Leela (Final Transcript).pdf
Acharya was an activist that was involved in the progressive feminist scene in Toronto prior to hearing about Desh Pardesh. She later went on to work in the programming committee for Desh Pardesh. In this interview, Acharya discusses how the…

DP004 - Anthony (Final Transcript).pdf
In this interview Anthony Mohamed, and HIV/AIDS activist and attendee of the Desh Pardesh festival discusses several social movements that took place for the LGBTQ community from the 1940s till the 1990s. He discusses the impact of racism within the…

DP031 - Shelly (Final Transcript).pdf
Shelly Bahl was one of the founders of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC). In this interview she discusses her role in several small collectives prior to her full involvement in SAVAC, and how these collectives worked hand in hand with the…

DP013 - Ian (Final Transcript).pdf
Ian Iqbal Rashid is a poet and writer, and one of the co-founders of Desh Pardesh. In this interview he discusses the conception of Desh, its original visions and its its manifestation into an internationally recognized event. Rashid was not involved…

DP023- Pamila (Final Transcript).pdf
Matharu discusses the critical progressive nature of the Desh Pardesh festival, and how this was targeted specifically for a population of people of colour. Matharu also touches briefly on the intergenerational nature of the festival, and how this…

DP032 - Shyam (Final Transcript).pdf
Selvadurai, a writer and cartoonist, discusses his involvement with the Desh Pardesh festival and analyzes the deep identity politics that permeated every conversation held at the festival. He is a Sri Lankan born gay man in a festival where Sri…

DP009 - Dunstan (Final Transcript).pdf
In this oral history Dunstan Egbert describes how he started volunteering with the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), and Desh Pardesh. He also worked with Khush, but explains why he identifies more as a ASAAP and Desi participant than…

DP005 - Arif (Final Transcript).pdf
Arif Noorani, in this oral history, active in Desh Pardesh in the 90’s, discusses his involvement with other activist groups, notably Queer Nation and CKLN. He talks about the influence Mike Harris had on the numerous arts collectives who lost…
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