Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Sadhu Binning

Name: Sadhu Binning

Year: 2012
Presented By: Sukhi Kainth, Vinylco Windows Ltd.

Sadhu Binning is a bilingual author who has published more than 15 books of poetry, fiction, plays, translations and research. As an active promoter of the Punjabi language in educational institutions, Binning is a founding member of Punjabi Language Education Assistance. He has presented papers on language, literature and culture at various national and international conferences, gaining attention for his dedication to his heritage within his communities. Binning is a passionate yet humble individual who spent 25 years teaching Punjabi at the University of British Columbia. “Though my concept of heritage may not fit in with other people’s idea of heritage, I do things honestly and without any expectations of sort,” Binning said. It is this attitude that has perhaps led him to become central to the Punjabi arts community and recognized for his achievements. Binning was named one of the top 100 South Asians making a difference in BC today. Binning is a well-known figure in the art world for the his many successful endeavours since migrating to Canada and living in Vancouver from 1967. Binning is a founding member of Vancouver Sath Literary & Cultural Society, a theatre collective; Ankur; and several other literary and cultural organizations. He edited a literary Punjabi monthly Watno Dur; currently co-edits a quarterly, Watan; and was an active member of the BC Arts Board for several years. His works have been included in more than 40 anthologies both in Punjabi and in English.