Name: Ajmer Rode
Presented By: Mark Taylor and Bhupinder Singh from Exclusive Floors
Talented doesn’t begin to describe Ajmer Rhode, the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose in both Punjabi and English, the founder of Canadian Punjabi drama, and the writer and director of 10 plays. Rhode has chaired the Racial Minority Writers Committee and has been on the Canada Council and BC Arts Council juries. His work goes beyond the scope of an accomplished literary figure to include social activist.
He is in fact a true Artistic Visionary and was recognized for his work at the 4th annual DARPAN Magazine’s Extraordinary Achievement Awards. Rhode was delighted to receive the award and the appreciation of his work. “It affirms that what I have been doing for decades is worth it,” he says. “It urges me to write more and better and inspire others like me to do the same.”
Rhode believes DARPAN’s Awards symbolize the magazine’s commitment to the community. “By highlighting the exceptionally talented minds of our community, the Awards encourage our youth to strive for excellence.” He goes on to say, “I am glad the Awards give full recognition to arts and culture…and bring respect to it.”