SALA 2023 • Oct 7 - 8

South Asian Literature and Arts Festival

A path-breaking, multi-disciplinary conversation that debuted in 2019, at SALA 2023 we will explore the changing narratives in our Diaspora.

Featuring over 60 Artists and Authors

And a laughter-filled Saturday evening with Varun Grover

in partnership with masala comedy club

Join us for comedy at SALA on Saturday, October 7th, as we welcome Varun Grover, the incredibly versatile Indian writer, comedian, poet, and filmmaker. Immerse yourself in an evening of humor and wit as Varun breathes new life into timeless fairy tales. Prepare for an enchanting fusion of laughter and storytelling, ensuring a night of boundless giggles and whimsical tales. Don't let "Fairy Tales with Varun Grover" pass you by—this comedy session promises to leave you with a smile from ear to ear!

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Join icons such as Konkona Sen, Abraham Verghese, Amitav Ghosh, Shobhaa Dé and contemporary voices such as Chitra Ganesh, Sonora Jha, Ranjit Hoskote and Soniah Kamal – the panels cover diverse topics such as identity, human rights, gender, class, dating, and cricket.


Frequently asked questions

How do I get there?

The festival this year will be held at Menlo College. It is located at 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027. It is very central to the West Bay and easily accessible via Caltrain and Road.

What are the timings?

The main events will be held between 11 am to 7pm on October 7 - 8th, which is a weekend.

What can I expect at the Festival?

  • Panel discussions on thought provoking topics over two days.
  • Open air poetry and book reading to awaken your senses.
  • Performances by local bay area artists
  • Forward-thinking South Asian brands showcasing their creative potential.
  • Art Exhibition showcasing contemporary South Asian Artists

Will there be food?

We have an exciting set of Food Trucks serving lunch and snacks on site including Indian Express, Pav Bhaji Hut and Babo’s Concept Kitchen

Can I be a sponsor?

There are lots of sponsorship opportunities. Please get in touch via the form below for more information