Tushar Unadkat
3 min readJan 13, 2021


Art Forum is set to launch: Virtually SALA Series 2021

Art Forum SF is a not for profit that strives to define and promote all art forms emerging from South Asia. Art Forum SF endeavor to present the visual, the literary, and the performing arts in their manifold versions, thus promoting a wider reach for South Asian voices.

In October 2019, Art Forum SF debuted the South Asian Literature and Art festival with grand success, at the Montalvo Arts Center’s picturesque site in Saratoga, California. The festival featured prominent experts experienced in the cultural-literary-artistic histories of South Asian countries and in different aspects of the humanities, to give talks, have exhibitions and performances, book reading, and so on for local audiences. Learn more here.

In these “uncertain times,” Art Forum SF move to host the Virtually SALA Series 2021 with featured talks through the year, till it is safe to congregate in a festival setting. The first Virtually SALA Series 2021 panel is as follows:


Analyze and discuss China’s foreign policy and economic strategy for South Asian countries — Tibet, Nepal, Ladakh.

Brig Ajay Talwar
, Military Personnel
Mukul Sanwal, Policy Advisor
Vijay Kranti, Author, Media Educationist

B R Deepak,
Professor, and Chair, Centre for Chinese & Southeast Asian Studies

Brig Ajay Talwar: An alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer, Brig Ajay Talwar was commissioned into the MECH INF Regiment. He was the Defense Attaché at the Embassy of India, Ankara, concurrently accredited to Syria and Lebanon. He has commanded an Armoured Brigade and has been the Deputy General Officer Commanding of the Infantry Division in Ladakh. He has seen operational service in Nagaland, Jammu, and Kashmir and the 2006 War in Lebanon.

Mukul Sanwal: Served in various policy positions in the Indian government, including industry, agriculture, and the environment. He represented the Indian government at the Rio Conference in 1992 as a lead negotiator for the Climate Change treaty. He joined the U.N in 1993 as a policy adviser to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and later to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He retired in 2007 and is now associated with think-tanks in India and China. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Vijay Kranti: An expert on China and Tibet affairs, he is an author, traveler, photographer, media educationist, a former staffer of the BBC World, Deutsche Welle (German), and Radio Voice of America. Between 2003 and 2010, Kranti traveled incognito on a tourist visa deep into Tibet and China on eight separate occasions. Equipped with his camera, he captured vivid details of Chinese suppression of Tibetan people, arts, culture, and religion besides their military infrastructure development and India’s borders. While doing so, he narrowly survived the scrutiny of suspicious Chinese authorities on many occasions. He has penned about a dozen books.

B R Deepak: B R Deepak is a Professor and Chair at the Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was trained in Chinese history and India-China relations at the Peking University and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and University of Edinburgh, UK. He has been the Nehru and Asia Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. Dr. Deepak’s portfolio comprises numerous noteworthy publications, including Chinese Poetry: 1100 BC to 1400 AD (2011), for which he was awarded the 2011 Special Book Prize of China. He writes “Eye on China” column for The Sunday Guardian Live.

Date & Time:
Pacific Standard Time — January 29, 2021 | 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Indian Standard Time — January 30, 2021 | 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Watch via Facebook LIVE at

Follow us on Social Media @ArtForumSF, and for more information, visit Art Forum or contact Ambika Sahay, Director, Art Forum SF at | 425.736.1779

For sponsorship, media, and marketing opportunities, contact MUKTA Advertising at | 416.716.8582



Tushar Unadkat

Internationally celebrated, award-winning media personality, Creative Director of MUKTA Advertising Canada and Founder, Executive Director of Nouveau iDEA.